George Lucas Educational FoundationCelebrating 30 years

Rick Brennan

A long time teacher turned game designer & entrepreneur

Rick Brennan - a graduate from The University of Houston - believes that classrooms are sacred spaces.

In 2012 - with 13 years experience as a middle school social studies teacher behind him - Brennan co-founded Histrionix Learning Company (with Jason Darnell).

Simply put, Brennan is a teacher turned learning game designer and entrepreneur.

That same year, HISTORIA - the company's curriculum aligned social studies simulation and strategy game - was featured in both The Atlantic & PLAYMAKERS - a short film series produced by Institute of Play and The Gates Foundation and distributed by Fast Company.

Last year, Histrionix formed a publishing partnershipship with ASU Center for Games & Impact, E - Line Media and Upper One Games to build HISTORIA into a classroom-ready digital learning game, which will be released in Fall of 2014.

Currently, Histrionix works with Houston-based Neighborhood Centers (NCI) - a United Way Agency that provides a full spectrum of social services to communities in need - including schooling.

Over the next few years, Histrionix will help design and build NCI's Ripley House public charter middle school into a game-based learning academy.

Rick lives in the historic East End of Houston, Texas - and rides his bike to work.

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