A Bunch of Short Guys is proud to present the one and only, animation director and storyteller, Brenda Chapman!

Saturday, August 6th
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Angelika Plano

7205 Bishop Rd, Plano, TX 75024


Early Bird Tickets available from June 5th to July 17th for just $25
Ticket prices increase July18th and we expect to sell out, so get your ticket today!



About the Speaker

Brenda is a huge influence in animation. She holds several firsts for women in animation.Chapman studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). After graduating with a BFA in character animation, Brenda started her career at Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios during the Disney Renaissance. She was a story trainee on Disney’s animated film The Little Mermaid. She was one of several key story artists on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, where she worked closely with future Disney director Roger Allers to define many of the key sequences and motifs used in the film. She later served as head of story for the Disney animated feature film, The Lion King, overseeing both the writers and the artists on the project. Chapman also worked in story and development for other Disney animated films such as The Rescuers Down Under and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

After nearly eight years at Disney, she left to help launch DreamWorks Animation Studios. While at Dreamworks, she became the first woman to direct an animated feature film for a major Hollywood studio on The Price of Egypt. She also worked on Chicken Run, and several projects in development while at DreamWorks.  Chapman moved to Pixar in 2003, where she had a brief stint on Cars before beginning development on and directing Brave. She became the first female director at Pixar to work on a feature film which features Pixar’s first-ever female protagonist. Brave won the academy award for best animated feature in 2013 and Brenda became the first female animation director to win an Oscar.

After Pixar, Brenda became a consultant at Lucasfilm where she helped solve story problems of Strange Magic. Most recently, Brenda announced her move to make her live-action film directing debut in Come Away, a fantasy drama penned by Marissa Kate Goodhill that is being imagined as a prequel to Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.