Sam Sheffield is a game designer and artist working with games living in Baltimore MD. His games, created both independently and in collaboration (LORRAINE and SABA), have been shown extensively in the US and around the world. He is the current Chair of the Game Design BFA at MICA.

Melanie Stegman PhD is a game developer, biochemist, and director of Molecular Jig Games. Melanie creates interactive experiences to engage non-scientists in exercises that get them familiar with fundamental science concepts. You can find Melanie’s games at melanieanns.itch.io.

Previous Game Designers in Residence

Yann Seznec portrait


Yann Seznec


Matteo Uguzzoni


Lishan Az is a game designer and writer who creates experiences that blend digital and non-digital play while inviting players to collaborate in shared spaces. Her work explores Black women’s resistance, identity and historical perspectives. Lishan earned her M.F.A. in interactive media and game design from the University of Southern California, her B.S. in computer science from Columbia University and is currently an Assistant Professor at UC Davis. http://itslishan.com