An IGEA SMART program recipient, IGDA-Foundation alumni, and current mentorship coordinator with the IGDA-Foundation, William Hinz is an award-winning narrative designer and playwright. They are a recipient of the Orloff Family Charitable Trust for Excellence and an inaugural La Boite X APT grantee. In 2020, after the New York premiere of their work “Guerilla Sabbath”, they were listed as one of playbill’s “34 LGBTQI+ Artists to Keep an Eye On”. William is fascinated by queer history and the lack thereof, non-linear debauchery, and queers as perpetrators of violence. Also… Queers. Their work has been performed globally, taught in the Queensland State Syllabus, and published by Australian Plays Transform.
As a playwright turned narrative designer, William is utterly enamoured with the potential of narrative in games. To them, every game is its own universe with its own set of rules for how story operates within. Is there text? Is there not? Is there dialogue? Is it voiced? Is it linear? Non-linear? Static? Malleable? Is it everything above or nothing at all? There’s no scaffold for the perfect game, only a demand for reckless curiosity and relentless care. And that, to William, couldn’t be more wonderful.
‘[Hinz’ words] break like a wave over the audience, leaving them sitting in reflective, grieving, silence’
Hinz’s work covers conflict between fact and faith, science and religion, instinct and strategy, and all of the troubles that arise as a result of friendship, family, futures and love.