UCLA Animation Workshop | Faculty & Staff
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Faculty & Staff



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    Celia L. Mercer | Area Head, Professor

    Artist and filmmaker Celia Mercer ’90 animates the unexpected – rubbings of manhole covers, encaustic paintings, children’s paintings on fabric, garden plants, photograms, paint splattered and dripped through stencils, and scrapes & scratches on film stock. Currently working primarily with encaustic paint & collage, she......

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    Chuck Sheetz | Professor

    Chuck Sheetz ’83 is an Emmy Award™ winning animation director on “The Simpsons” and has directed such classic episodes as “I am Furious Yellow,” “Any Given Sundance,” “Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious,” “Springfield Up,” “Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind” (for which he won the Emmy™ in 2008)......

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    Dan McLaughlin | Professor Emeritus

    Dan McLaughlin entered the UCLA Animation Workshop in 1956. The Workshop had been created in 1947 by Bill Shull, a former Disney animator, who established the Workshop’s basic philosophy of, “one person, one film” with a strong commitment to content and quality. Dan graduated in......




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    Doug Ward | Academic Administrator, Lecturer

    Before coming to UCLA, Doug Ward worked as a Character Layout artist and Animation Timer for Fox’s “King of the Hill.” He also spent six years in the interactive industry as an animator, director, writer, and eventually producer. He created, designed, co-wrote, directed and animated......

  • Steve Engles

    Steve Engles | Lab Manager

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Heather Collins | Stop Motion Animation

Heather Collins is an animator, painter (airbrush and handpainting), puppet fabricator, and educator. After working as a painter and fabricator on Seasons 2 and 3 of Amazon's Tumble Leaf, she currently works as an animator on Crackle's SuperMansion (produced by and starring Bryan Cranston) and teaches stop motion...

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Rich Quade | Character Animation

Lecturer Rich Quade teaches animation courses at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. From 1992-2001 he worked full-time at Pixar Animation Studios in various capacities. He was the directing animator on Toy Story (1995), supervising animator on both A Bug’s Life (1998) and Monsters,...


Amy Winfrey | Interactive Animation

Amy Winfrey is an American animator, screenwriter, songwriter, and voice actress. She is best known for creating the web series Making Fiends that was later picked up by Nickelodeon in 2006. ...


Glenn Vilppu | Figure Drawing

Glenn Vilppu is one of the premier figure drawing instructors to the Hollywood animation studios. He holds a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Art Center College of Design, with additional studies at Otis Art Institute and Santa Monica City College. He teaches at Vilppu Studios, UCLA,...


Charles Solomon | History of Animation

Charles Solomon is a lecturer in animation at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. An internationally respected animation critic and historian, Solomon has written on the subject for the New York Times, TV Guide, Newsweek (Japan), Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, The...


Bob Skir | Writing for Animation

Robert N. Skir has written hundreds of hours of TV animation featuring characters ranging from Wolverine and Batman to the Pink Panther and Jim Henson's Muppets. He developed the series “X-Men: Evolution” and story edited the shows “Transformers: Beast Machines,” “Extreme Ghostbusters” and “Godzilla.” Professor...


Lynn Okimura | Visual Effects Animation

As a UCLA student, Lynn Okimura ’00, MFA ’05 garnered multiple honors or prizes, including the industry selected Spotlight Award in Animation. Prior to returning to campus as a member of the faculty, her creative work was in flash and 2D animation for mobile content...


Josh Morgan | Interactive Animation

Joshua J. Morgan teaches Interactive Animation at UCLA. He is also the Animation Technical Services Engineer at Loyola Marymount University, where he teaches Interactive Animation and Game Design.A native to Southern California, Josh holds a BA in Communication Studies and an MFA in Animation, both...


Mike Johnson | Stop Motion Animation

Mike Johnson is a stop motion animator who has worked on films such as James and the Giant Peach and The Nightmare Before Christmas, short films such as an animation of The Devil Went Down to Georgia, and TV programmes such as The PJs. ...


Chris Appelhans | Visual Development

CHRIS APPELHANS has worked on several films. He was an illustrator and production designer for Coraline, an environment designer Fantastic Mr. Fox, and a visual development artist forThe Princess and the Frog. ...