Dr Alayna Cole is a writer and academic, and is based in Queensland, Australia.
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From here, Alayna's involvement in game development, criticism, and research has continued, and her work in the industry is the culmination of her varied skills and interests. Alayna founded Queerly Represent Me, a not-for-profit focused on diverse sexuality, gender, and relationships in games, and now works as managing director of the organisation. Alayna teaches game design in the Serious Games program at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where their mission is to use games and technology to positively change the world. She is also working as a writer and narrative designer on a number of projects, is a regular writer for publications such as Hyper Online and FemHype, and has dabbled in production.She has been nominated and short-listed for—and won—several awards for her work as a developer, journalist, and activist.
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Key factsName: Alayna Cole
Location: Queensland, Australia
Primary job title: Writer and academic
Secondary job titles: Narrative designer, developer, editor, tutor, journalist, critic, teacher, lecturer, and researcher
Key projects: Founder and managing director of 'Queerly Represent Me'
Education: Doctorate of Creative Arts (Creative Writing), Bachelor of Arts (English / SoSE), Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Alayna Cole is the managing director and founder of Queerly Represent Me, a not-for-profit championing queer representation in games. Alayna works as a sessional lecturer in the Serious Games department at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and is an award-winning games journalist and game developer. She was featured on the 2016 and 2017 MCV Pacific 30 under 30, and the 2017 MCV Pacific Women in Games lists.
Dr Alayna Cole is a sessional course coordinator and lecturer in Serious Games at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She holds a doctorate in Creative Arts (Creative Writing) and has broad research interests, but is primarily focused on creating and analysing narratives that improve diverse representation, particularly of gender and sexuality. She is currently researching the representation of queer identities in games from the mid-1980s to present.
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I am lucky to have amazing friends with wonderful talents and a good eye for a perfect photo opportunity. Thank you to everyone who has taken my photo or drawn my likeness, and given me permission to use these images in my work. Here are credits for some of the photos and images of my face that you might across the internet.
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