M.A. Game Development and Research (Cologne Game Lab in Cologen, Germany) 2021 | B.A. German & Film and Electronic Arts (CSULB) 2017
Alexandra Petrus earned her BA in Film and Electronic Arts (Directing) and German from California State University Long Beach in 2017, during which time she wrote and directed the award-winning narrative short film, Mourning Dove, which portrays the inner turmoil of a young refugee trying to comprehend her past. Petrus then received her MA in Game Development and Research at the Cologne Game Lab in Cologne, Germany, during which time she co-founded Achtung Autobahn Studios, a games studio currently developing the action-adventure game Maniacs, which procedurally and narratively explores the escalation of violence that occurred during the 1968 student protest movements in West Germany. After completing her MA, she worked as the Graduate Program Manager at the Cologne Game Lab, leading seminars in Media Studies. This Fall, she will begin her PhD in Cinema and Media Studies on full scholarship at the University of Southern California, where she plans to research the relationship between historical media and cultural memory.