Learn about the art of video game performance from some of the best in the business. Whether you are a seasoned gamer or you never progressed past Pong, you will benefit from this conversation with acclaimed Video Game Actors Victoria Atkin, Kimberly Brooks, Elliot Knight, Alex McKenna, and Maggie Robertson. Moderated by Dorian Parks of Geeks of Color.
Victoria Atkin has worked on numerous video game titles, with most of the major games companies, bringing to life lead roles in this medium. After completing her debut role, Evie Frye, the first playable lead female Assassin, in Assassins Creed Syndicate, on next generation consoles, Victoria has continued to work with companies including Guerrilla Games, Blizzard, Epic Games, Ubisoft, EA, Activision, Kakao Games, Microsoft, Frogsware, Pixel Toys, Square Enix, Bethesda and many more.
During the strike Victoria has brought a lot of attention to the concerns for AI in VoiceOver and Performance Capture. Victoria teaches zoom classes and private coaching on video game performance and performance capture.
Kimberly Brooks is an industry proven voiceover legend, recognized around the world for her performances on multiple respected animated shows and interactive video games. Kimberly's work in video games includes the "tough-but-fair" Ashley Williams on the beloved Mass Effect Series and more recently in her BAFTA award winning role as Hollis Forsythe in Psychonauts 2.
Elliot Knight - Originally from Birmingham UK, Knight trained at The Manchester School of Theatre before beginning a professional acting career in the UK. His work was recognized when he earned Screen International’s “Stars of Tomorrow” award, which led to the start of his international career on American television in 2014.
Knight made history in 2019 as the first Black actor to star in the popular video game franchise Call of Duty. He played the lead role, "Kyle 'Gaz' Garrick" in the record-breaking Modern Warfare reboot, which has earned billions to date. Knight continues to star as ‘Gaz’ in Modern Warfare 2 and will reprise his role in "Task Force 141" the highly anticipated Modern Warfare 3, releasing November 10th, 2023.
Throughout his career, Knight has starred in leading roles opposite Viola Davis, Nicolas Cage, Sophie Okonedo, Timothy Spall, Rufus Sewell, Vanessa Williams, Katie Holmes, and Naveen Andrews to name a few.
Knight made his short film directorial debut this year with Okay currently winning awards on the short festival circuit both in the U.S. and internationally.
Knight serves as Deputy Chair of BAFTA North America and sits on the board of BAFTA based in London. Knight advocates for minority and queer-focused causes and animal rights organizations, is a long-standing ambassador for Mercy For Animals, and has volunteered internationally with Habitat for Humanity, Projects Abroad, The Surin Project, Ripl Effect, and Smile Train.
Alex McKenna is known for her performance on video game 'Red Dead Redemption 2' as the voice and motion capture actress of Sadie Adler.
A proud SAG/AFTRA member since 1990, Alex has worked in film, television, voice over, and motion capture since the beginning of her career at age 5. As both an actor and a writer, Alex has a passion for storytelling. She graduated magna cum laude from Kenyon College majoring in English literature, minoring in sociology with a concentration in neuroscience. Notably, Alex plays Mrs. Sadie Adler in the multi-billion dollar video game Red Dead Redemption 2 and has won several awards for her audiobook narration. She currently has 3 television projects in development and a book called En Mortem, on the way.
Maggie Robertson - Award-winning actress Maggie Robertson took the gaming and VO world by storm with her voice and motion capture performance portraying the iconic villain and fan favorite, Lady Dimitrescu, in Capcom's RESIDENT EVIL VILLAGE (2021). With a performance that was lauded by fans and critics alike, Maggie became an overnight sensation and the subject of press interviews, fan art, memes and even thirst tweets. Maggie found herself at the center of the awards arena in the gaming and voice industries and the recipient of a BAFTA Game Awards nomination for best “Performer In A Supporting Role”. Her award wins include “Best Performance”, The Game Awards, “Best Performer”, The Golden Joystick Awards, “Outstanding Video Game Character” from the SOVAS Voice Arts Awards, “Best Acting In A Game” from the NY Video Game Critics Circle’s NY Game Awards and “Outstanding Achievement In Character” from The DICE Awards.
She can most recently be heard voicing the Mother of Worms in BACK 4 BLOOD: RIVER OF BLOOD DLC Expansion 3, Skjóthendi the Unerring in the GOD OF WAR RAGNAROK (2022), Grandma Jones in Ridley Jones: Ridely’s Christmas Carol and Amaterasu of House Phoenix in the award winning MOBA game, SMITE. Her recent mocap performances include multiple characters in Marvel's MIDNIGHT SUNS, which released December 2022, as well as the mocap performance of Runway in Hi-Rez Studio's ROGUE COMPANY (2021).
This year, Maggie stars in the highly anticipated Dungeons and Dragons based RPG BALDUR’S GATE 3. She provided the voice and performance capture for Orin The Red, one of the game’s main villains, opposite J.K. Simmons and Jason Isaacs. The three comprise the game’s evil triumvirate. She also lent her voice to Lady Nicastro, one of the faction leaders of the Banished Court in Paradox Interactive’s LAMPLIGHTER’S LEAGUE, set to release October 3, 2023.
Maggie received her MA in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music & the Dramatic Art (LAMDA), joining the ranks of other notable alumni like Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo, Brian Cox, Ruth Wilson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and John Lithgow. After graduating, Maggie moved to Los Angeles and has been acting in film, television and games since then.
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