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Celia Pearce

Celia Pearce is an award-winning game designer, author, researcher, teacher, curator, and artist, specializing in multiplayer gaming and virtual worlds, independent art, and alternative game genres. Her recent work focuses on live action roleplaying and “playable theatre.” She is also the co-founder of IndieCade, and is considered a leader in games and diversity.


Art + Design


  • Ph.D., Site-Specific Media Arts, Anthropology, SMARTLab Centre, University of the Arts London (Awarded 2006)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz


  • Boston Festival of Indie Games (BFIG) Most Innovative Tabletop Game 2016 for eBee

Research Focus

  • Diversity in games
  • Games
  • indie games
  • independent games
  • artgames
  • gender in games
  • immersive theatre
  • participatory theater
  • live action roleplaying (larp)
  • playable theatre
  • massively multiplayer online games
  • virtual worlds
  • pervasive games
  • alternate reality games
  • game communities