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Between being a fire performer and juggler, chess instructor, game designer (and lifelong addict), musician, and filmmaker, Justin has always found a way to keep the concept of play at the center of his life. He completed his Master’s degree in Civic Media at Emerson College where he focused his studies on how to harness play’s potential for social good. For his thesis project he designed a digital learning game for the city government of Portland, Maine.
He graduated Vassar College in 2014 with a major in Psychology and focus in Economics. His most influential subjects of study were game theory, behavioral economics, positive and social psychology, and the gamification of learning.
Here are a few of Justin’s favorite playful accomplishments thus far in life:
- Wore a robe and wizard hat to work every day for 3 years while teaching for Chess Wizards, a national afterschool enrichment program.
- Taught and performed partner fire dance for 6 years, nationally and internationally.
- Designed two tabletop games that have been invited as Finalists to BFIG (Boston Festival of Indie Games).
- Played a wide range of video games competitively to the point of making worldwide leaderboards (such as Hearthstone, WoW, Guitar Hero, DDR, Mario Kart, and Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes.)