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Lishan AZ

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's M.F.A. thesis, Tracking Ida, is an escape room-style alternate reality game about Ida B. Wells' crusade against lynching. Lishan earned her M.F.A. in interactive media and game design from the University of Southern California, and her B.S. in computer science from Columbia University. In 2017, Lishan was selected Forbes 30 under 30 in Gaming. In addition to Games for Change, her work has exhibited at venues like IndieCade, LA Weekly's Artopia, Tokyo University, and the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). She is currently serving as Game Designer in Residence at Maryland Institute College of Art.