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Moore College of Art & Design is proud to once again host Game Changers: Women in Animation and Games, a panel discussion featuring women who work in the industry, on Thursday, November 8, 2018. The event, presented by the Animation & Game Arts department, will be held from 7 – 8 pm in Moore’s Graham Auditorium, 1916 Race Street, with a reception to follow from 8 – 9 pm. It is free and open to the public. For more information, visit moore.edu/gamechangers.
The moderator is Lauren Brown of EA Mobile. Panelists include Rachel Sima of PHL Collective, Shayla Hall of Floyd County Productions and Zoe Smith of QC Games. They will discuss their creative process, careers and how they are effecting change in the industry. The panel will be followed by a Q&A with the audience and a reception with the panelists.
“Women have long been underrepresented in an industry that more than half of all women have engaged with,” said Brown. “We want to encourage an environment where women of all backgrounds will feel empowered to create and have their voices be heard.”
“In today’s world, it is more important than ever to highlight women working in animation and games, which is still a male-dominated industry,” said Steve Wood, assistant professor of Animation & Game Arts. “I also feel it is important to give women in these industries a platform to discuss what they feel is most important to them and the work that they do.”
Lauren Brown is a professional illustrator and graphic designer. She is currently the lead environmental artist for EA Mobile in Austin, Texas.
Rachel Sima has been working in the game industry for five years as a writer, designer and producer, working with clients such as the Tourette Association of America and Cartoon Network. She currently works as a producer at PHL Collective, a Philadelphia-based game development studio.
Shayla Hall is a background artist for the TV series Archer on FX. She was also the background art director for the animated episode “BuzzKill” in Misfits and Monsters on TruTV. She is a background artist for Floyd County Productions in Atlanta, and has been developing and working on her own webcomic series, RotAngel.
Zoe Smith is a 3D character artist currently working at QC Games in Austin, Texas, on the recently announced game “Breach.” She enjoys creating 3D models in her spare time.