Samara Hayley Steele


Position Title
CST PhD Student


Research Interests:

Analog Game Studies, Gender Playability, Cooperative Economics, Code, Narratology, Critical Code Studies (CCS), The Bossless Workers Movement, Nihilistic Social Apparatuses.


  • MFA Creative Writing, Portland State University, 2014.
  • BA English & Interdisciplinary Studies, Fairhaven College, Western Washington University, 2007.
  • AAS Bellevue Community College, 2003.

Select Publications:

  • “Understanding Larp Literacy: Towards a Narratology for Interactive Narrative Media” The International Journal of Role-Playing, issue 10 (forthcoming).
  • “The Reality Code: Interpreting Aggregate Larp Rules as Code that Runs on Humans.” The International Journal of Role-Playing, issue 7.

Select Presentations:

  • “Decolonizing Gender in Interactive Narrative Media.” Presentation for the annual conference of the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), Unceded Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Territory (Vancouver, BC), Scheduled – 16-18 May 2019.
  • “Understanding Larp Literacy: Noise Filtering, Direct Diegesis, Extradiegetic Statement Exchange, and Intradiegetic Objects.” The Role-playing and Simulation in Education Conference at Northeastern University. Boston, MA. May 2018.
  • “Game Design Methodologies for Gender Playability: A Case Study of Thermophiles in Love.” Presentation for the Social Studies of Live Action Role-Playing Games Conference at the European University of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia. December 2016.
  • “Code as Diegetic Language in LARP.” Presented as part of the “Critical Code Studies and Creativity Panel” at the 30th Annual Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), Atlanta, GA. November 2016.
  • “Lessons in Netprov: Collaborative Writing in the Digital Age.” Presentation with Rob Wittig and Mark Marino at the Berkeley Center for New Media, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. October 2016.
  • “Teaching Political Economy through Larp: Some Game Mechanics of Feudalism and Capitalism.” Presentation at the Role-Playing and Simulation in Education Conference at Texas State University. Round Rock, TX. May 2016.
  • “Gender Playability in Larp: The Roles of Performativity and Interpolation.” Presentation at The 35th Annual Gender Studies Symposium. Lewis & Clark College. Portland, OR. March 2016.
  • “Beyond Lords and Ladies: Factors that Support (or Inhibit) Player Experimentation with Gender.” Presentation at the Living Games Conference. The Game Center, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. New York, NY. March 2014.


  • HASTAC Scholars Fellowship.  The Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) 2018-2020.
  • Provost’s Fellowship, UC Davis, 2018-19.
  • Graduate Assistantship with the Portland Center for Public Humanities, Portland State University, 2009.

Selected Affiliations

  • Advanced Research Affiliate with the Humanities and Critical Code Studies (HaCCS) Lab at the University of Southern California.
  • The Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC).

Activism & Consensus Community Organizing

Slingshot (activist newspaper)

        Berkeley, Calif.                                 2011-present                 Editorial Collective Member

LAND ACTION (adverse possession mutual aid network)

Oakland, Calif.                                 2015-2016             Development Director, Organizer

Fort Vibe (co-op house & venue)         

Los Angeles, Calif.                           2016                         Co-founder, Collective Member

The Long Haul Infoshop (community space)

Berkeley, Calif.                                 2011-15                                           Collective Member

Villagecraft (decentralized education network)        

San Francisco Bay Area                   2013-15                                          Network Facilitator

Occupy the Farm (guerilla farming movement)                                

Albany, Calif.                                    2013-15                                         Organizer, Publicist

The Sudo Room (hacker space)

Oakland, Calif.                                 2013-15                          Collective Member, Publicist

PLACE for Sustainable Living (urban ecovillage & community center)               

Oakland, Calif.                                 2013-15                                         Organizer, Publicity

The Omni Commons (post-hierarchal community space)                           

Oakland, Calif.                                 2014-15                                         Organizer, Publicist

Liberated Lens (film collective)            

Oakland, Calif.                                 2014-15                                           Collective Member

Oakland Spring Rising (urban farming movement)

Oakland, Calif.                                 2015                                                                Organizer

Occupy Oakland                                    

Oakland, Calif.                                 2011                                                                Organizer

The WTO Protests                      

Seattle, Wash.                                   1999                                                  Student Journalist

The Pickering Farm Community Garden       

Issaquah, Wash.                               1996-00                                                           Organizer


Interactive Media & Gamemaking:


Hotel Obfuscia produced by Foma Labs (interactive theatre)                       

San Francisco, Ca.                                        2017                                    Performance Artist

directed by Mark Marino & Rob Wittig (netprov)

One Star Reviews                                           2017                                        Featured Player

Fake News Agency                                         2017                                        Featured Player

Thermophiles in Love                                     2016                                                   Co-creator

Monstrous Weather                                        2016                                        Featured Player

Air-B-n-Me                                                     2016                                         Featured Player            

Thermophiles in Love (larp)                                 

Berkeley, Ca. & Atlanta, Ga.                      2016                       Larpwright, Co-Facilitator

Bleed, Harrassment, Truama (larp)

with Sarah Lynn Bowman, John Stavropoulos & Sarah Hart

                                                                        2016                        Larpwright, Co-Facilitator

Los Angeles Freeform & Theatre Larp Collective     

Los Angeles, Ca.                                           2016                                                 Co-founder

Cat Bloc (protest performance)                         

San Francisco Bay Area                               2014-15                               Performance Artist

Worst Party Ever (interactive theatre)             

San Francisco Bay Area                               2014                                  Installation Director

Break Silence, End Isolation (protest performance)      

San Francisco Bay Area                               2013                                    Performance Artist

Beyond the Aether (larp)                                      

Portland, Or.                                                 2009-12    Rules Development, Co-Facilitator

Kumoricon (cosplay)                                         

Portland, Or.                                                 2008-10                               Performance Artist

Sakuracon (cosplay)                                           

Seattle, Wa.                                                   2000-08                               Performance Artist

NERO Alliance (larp)

Seattle Chapter                                             2003-07                                               Volunteer

Oregon Chapter                                           2005                                                             Staff

Camlann Medieval Village (interactive theatre)                                

Carnation, Wa.                                             1996-98                               Performance Artist