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Katie Salen


Director of Graduate Studies, Design and Technology Program, Parsons School of Design, New York

Katie Salen is a designer interested in the connections between game design, interactivity, and play. Co-author (with Eric Zimmerman) of "Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals," and the forthcoming "Rules of Play Reader" (MIT Press, 2005) she is a former core team member of gameLab, and current member of Playground, a design team focused on large-scale, experimental, real-world games. In 2002 Katie partnered with screenwriter and director Hampton Fancher ("Minus Man;" "Bladerunner") on a project for the XEN division of Microsoft to develop the script for an animated storytelling experience distributed through Xbox Live, and has curated programs at the Lincoln Center, Cinematexas, The Rotterdam International Film Festival, and the Walker Art Center on machinima, the practice of creating animated films using game engines. She is a contributing writer for RES magazine, and worked as an animator on Richard Linklater's critically acclaimed animated feature "Waking Life", as well as on the music videos "Destiny" and "In the Waiting Line" for MTV2-fav Zero 7.