Composer/Lead Orchestrator (Games, Film, Television)
Penka lead-orchestrated "Elysium" - Sony's $120M sci-fi action feature directed by Neill Blomkamp ("District 9") -- first time a woman was a lead orchestrator/score producer on a studio film with such a budget. She worked with Steve Jablonsky on "Ender's Game."
Penka also contributed her considerable talents to DreamWorks "Need for Speed."
She released her first album entitled "A Warrior's Odyssey" Oct. 2012. It won three awards and nominations. A cut from this album, "MINOTAUR BATTLE," Click to listen has been submitted for Grammy nomination. Her second album is due out Dec. 2013.
Penka was a featured speaker at GameSoundcon November, 2013.
Keith was a featured speaker for the IGDA’s Leadership Track at SIEGE 2013. Recent work with Deep Silver, developer of widely acclaimed Saint's Row IV, resulted in the following comment from their leadership: “Keith was able to present a high-level road-map and risk analysis which turned out to be very relevant for us and has helped us navigate an evolution of our culture.”
Keith is collaborating with another Mary Kurek client, Mike Acton of Insomniac Games, on a service designed to provide game studios with improved productivity and leadership, morale, employee retention, and ability to compare employee engagement to industry benchmarks. The service is called Fulcrum
Voice Artist, Games
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Kevin voiced the key antagonist for AUTHENTIC IN ALL CAPS by transmedia maven Christy Dena, who was recently awarded Australia's first Digital Writing Residency.
He collaborated with sound/music games veteran, George Hufnagl, to create "Balmodar" Click to check out Balmodar, a DOTA 2 announcer receiving great community feedback.
Kevin was a Working Without Covers panelist at GenreCon 2013 discussing non-traditional avenues for writers to use narrative.
He took lead role in Cat Fish Jumping cast, which was awarded audience vote for Best Performance at KCHAA National One Act Play Festival 2013.
Leading Video Game Publisher/Developer (Pioneering female video games)
HerInteractive released "Nancy Drew - The Silent Spy" Fall, 2013 following "Nancy Drew - Ghost of Thornton Hall" that was released before summer. The company started off 2013 by donating historic archives to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, solidifying their role as a true leader in the industry.