I’m a software professional for Bento Box Projects and a non-profit administrator, who in 2011 co-founded the Toronto organization Dames Making Games. A lot of my work is about helping people get involved in video game creation and development, particularly women.
Dames Making Games, since its inception, has helped many women from widely varying educational backgrounds develop and refine their first video games. Some of our most successful programs so far include Jeuxly (summer 2012), No-Jam (fall 2012), and Feb Fatale (winter 2013).
After graduating with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Alberta, I worked in the software/development industry for several years in Toronto and NYC with Infusion Development. As a .NET consultant, I worked on an assortment of projects including data management and compliance applications for Barclays Capital, a CRM system for Re/Max Canada, and a travel management and reporting application for Travelport.
One of my biggest passions is opera. I maintained an opera blog called All Time Coloratura and from 2010 to early 2013 I worked as a digital and social media professional with the Canadian Opera Company.
In the summer of 2011 I had the opportunity to participate in the Difference Engine Initiative, a program founded by Mare Sheppard and Jim Munroe of the Hand Eye Society to encourage more women to become game developers. My first game, Adeline’s Elopement, launched at a Hand Eye Society social on Oct. 3, 2011.
Adeline’s Elopement was inspired partially by the Thief games and partly by an early 19th-century novel titled Adeline Mowbray, was my first effort in the “2D stealth games inspired by novels” genre.
Since then, I’ve made a few other games with a special emphasis on arts and theatre promotion. Space Age Bachelor Man was created to help promote the Canadian indie musical Ride the Cyclone, and Save a Pinko was created for Praxis Theatre’s Jesus Chrysler.
Aside from opera, games, and social media, I enjoy literature, dancing, and playing the piano. While I was born in British Columbia and raised mostly in Alberta, I’ve been a proud Torontonian for several years. I live in the Annex with my partner, Dave.