In addition to being a member of the Games Art and Design teaching team, Sharon Tolaini-Sage is a translator and writer on design for Pulp, an Italian imprint of Eye Magazine. She specialises in lecturing on the cultural, contextual and storytelling aspects of digital games, as well as working with students on their analytical and academic writing skills. In 2017 she was appointed an Ambassador for the not-for-profit organization Women in Games, whose primary objective is to double female participation in the Games industry by 2027.
My teaching practice is based on the foundational elements of critical thinking, communication, and teamwork, identified by research as the three factors that feature most prominently as ideal requirements in prospective candidates for employment in the creative industries (Next Gen Skills Academy, 2015).
In 2015 I was awarded the NUA Teaching Excellence Award, especially valuable because it is decided by student nominations. My work as an educator has been enriched by my postgraduate degree in Creative Writing, as well as having had roles as a gallery director, director of a small publishing company, scriptwriting consultant to the UK film company Renaissance Films and production consultant for Radio 4. I have designed curriculum and course materials for Next Gen Skills Academy, and am a freelance writer and translator.My research interests are focused on transmedia storytelling, games with purpose, possible digital futures, and the performance of identity in online worlds. In 2017 I completed a research project on students’ use of social media and its effects on their self-esteem and resilience in relation to their creative output, and was appointed an Ambassador for the not-for-profit organization Women in Games.
- 2017: Commissioned as a writer for Pulp Magazine, both in Italian and English
- 2015: Commissioned to design and write Curriculum and Course Materials, Next Gen Skills Academy
- 2014: Commissioned as production consultant for Radio 4.
- 2011 – 15: Convenor; Summer School in Tuscany on storytelling and landscape.
- 2008: Author: Afterward, Bad Blood, Lorna Sage, Harper Collins.
- 2003: Author and Editor: Good As Her Word. Essays and Journalism, Harper Collins.