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Cindy Poremba
Assistant Professor, Co-Director, game:play lab
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate Studies

Area(s) of Expertise

art games, interactive documentary, digital capture


Cindy Poremba is a digital media researcher, gamemaker and curator. She is an Assistant Professor (Digital Entertainment), at OCAD University.

Cindy completed a PhD in interdisciplinary Humanities at Concordia University in Montreal, where she worked in association with the Centre for Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG). As an  FQRSC Postdoctoral Fellow, she researched infrastructure for documentary videogames, at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Ryerson University. She holds an MASc in Interactive Arts from Simon Fraser University, as well as a BA from the University of Waterloo in Rhetoric & Professional Writing.

Dr. Poremba has presented internationally at both conferences and invited lectures. Her work has been published in journals such as Eludamos, Loading and Games & Culture, as well as edited collections and magazines. Cindy has held positions on award juries including Indiecade and the Independent Game Festival, and is a past Board member of Toronto’s Hand Eye Society, North America’s oldest videogame arts non-profit.

Cindy also organizes non-traditional exhibitions as an independent curator, including Joue le jeu/Play AlongXYZ: Alternative Voices in Game Design, and “new arcade” events as a member of the kokoromi experimental videogame collective.


Bachelor of Arts English Rhetoric & Professional Writing (New Media Specialization) University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, CA 1998

Master of Applied Science Interactive Arts Simon Fraser University, Surrey, British Columbia, CA 2003

Doctor of Philosophy Humanities (Interdisciplinary) Concordia University, Montréal, Quebec, CA 2011