John Canemaker

MFA, Graduate Film, NYU

John Canemaker is an internationally recognized animator, author, teacher, and animation historian.  THE MOON AND THE SON: AN IMAGINED CONVERSATION, his 28-minute autobiographical film, won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Animated Short and a 2006 Emmy Award.  He has designed and directed animation for numerous commercial projects, including the Warner Bros. feature The World According To Garp; TCM's Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood; and CBS' Break the Silence: Kids Against Child Abuse, which have won for their sponsors an Oscar, Emmy Awards, Ace Award and Peabody Award.

He is the recipient of grants from the American Film Institute, PBS, and a Rockefeller Foundation Residency Grant in Bellagio, Italy.  His independently-produced animated shorts, which are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, and on a Milestone Films DVD titled John Canemaker: Marching to a Different Toon. One of America's most respected animation historians, Canemaker is the author of twelve acclaimed books, including "Winsor McCay: His Life and Art," “The Art and Flair of Mary Blair,” and "The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic." His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Print magazine.

Canemaker was creative consultant and on-camera/audio commentator for the DVDs The Fantasia Anthology; Dumbo; Winsor McCay: The Master Edition; Walt and El Grupo; Frank and Ollie; Tex Avery's Droopy; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, among others. He has appeared on NBC's Today Show, PBS' News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and co-hosted with Robert Osborne a TCM program on the films of Winsor McCay. Canemaker has lectured throughout the United States and in Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Wales. In 2014 he curated a major Mary Blair exhibition at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.

A tenured professor at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, where he began teaching animation in 1980, Canemaker has directed the Animation Program since 1988. He was Acting Chair of the NYU Undergraduate Film and Television Department from 2001-2002. The John Canemaker Animation Collection, part of the Fales Collection in Bobst Library at New York University, is an archival resource that opened to scholars and students in 1989. Professor Canemaker was a 2009 Recipient of NYU's Distinguished Teaching Award for "exceptional teaching inside and outside the classroom."

He teaches Storyboarding, Action Analysis II, and Intermediate Production

Sonya Artis

M.A., Studio Arts Photography, NYU
M.F.A. in Photography, Maryland Institute, College of Art

Sonya Artis has served as Animation Area Manager at the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television since 2001.

She has an M.A. in Studio Arts Photography from New York University and an M.F.A. in Photography from the Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA) where she was a recipient of the coveted Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship, which she used to document Hong Kong’s historic handover to China. After college, Sonya worked a stint as a photographer for The Baltimore Sun covering public events throughout the city. She also worked briefly in California as web designer at the height of the dot com bubble, before returning to her hometown of New York to join the Film and TV Department at Tisch.

When she is not at NYU, she is busy as a wife and mother raising two rambunctious boys, knitting, drawing, eating and taking photographs of it all.

Sang-Jin Bae

BFA, Undergraduate Film, NYU

Sang-Jin Bae is a senior producer and supervising technical director specializing in commercial and long form animation from development to delivery. With over 16 years of experience on a wide range of short form and long form media, techniques include traditional drawn animation, stop motion, mixed media, 3D to interactive projects. Notable credits include: Producer of animated end credit sequence for the feature “Youth in Revolt” and Associate Producer & Technical Director on the Emmy nominated series “Disney’s Little Einsteins”.

Over 10 years ago, Sang, as an adjunct instructor, had the honor of working with the charter student members in organizing and naming the NYU Student Animation League, an NYU Presidential Service Award recognized student club. He is a proud alumn of the NYU UGFTV program, and currently an Associate Teacher.

He teaches two courses - Introduction to Animation Techniques and Animation: From Pitching to Pipeline to Production (formerly Digital Animation Techniques).

Zoya Baker

BFA, Undergraduate Film, NYU

Zoya Baker is a professional animator in New York City. Her work includes commercials, films, and animated television shows, including “Disney’s Little Einsteins”, Nickelodeon’s “Team UmiZoomi”, Sprout’s “The Chica Show”. She worked on "Switching” directed by Guilherme Marcondes, Official Selection Annecy International Animation Festival 2010; “Lee Van Cleef” directed by Chris Lenox Smith, Grand Prize for Best Commissioned Animation at 2012 Ottawa International Film Festival; “The Moon and The Son”, 2005 Academy Award-winning film by John Canemaker. "Reunited," her student film, received a Warner Bros. Film Production Award; Animation Magazine’s Third Annual Student Short Film Awards Winners Circle; Gloria Film Festival 2005 Best Student Film Finalist; Angelus Awards 2005 Best Animation Semi-Finalist; Official Selection of the Sedona International Film Festival 2005.

Zoya teaches Introduction to Animation Techniques at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Sherry Camhy

MA, Columbia University Teachers College

Sherry Camhy's work is in the permanent collection of The New Orleans Museum of Fine Art, The Israel Museum, Telfair Museum, and the New York Public Library, and has been exhibited at The Parrish Art Museum, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, The Katonah Museum, Montclair Art Museum, and the Evansville Museum of Art and Science. Ms. Camhy was reviewed in Time Out New York, American Artist and ARTnews and featured in InternationalArtists and FineArtConnoisseur.

She is the author of "Art of the Pencil," and currently writes the “Material World” column for Drawing Magazine. Recently she curated “The Silverpoint Exhibition at the National Arts Club.” Ms. Camhy teaches Life Drawing - The Figure and Life Drawing - Anatomy in the Animation Area, and when not giving workshops at the Art Students League of New York, the School of Visual Arts, New York Academy of Art and in San Miguel de Allende, can be found working in her studio in West Chelsea, NY.

Ray Kosarin

B.A., Princeton University

Professor Kosarin produces and directs animation for TV and film (productions include the TV series DARIA, THE WORLD OF TOSH, BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD, and feature film BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD DO AMERICA). He writes and edits about animation and animation history (for publications including Backstage, Animation Magazine, ASIFA Magazine: The International Animation Journal, and the forthcoming edition of the Bendazzi text Cartoons—One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation). His films have been invited to internationally-respected festivals including Annecy, Zagreb, Hiroshima. He has served on the ASIFA International Board since 2003.

He teaches History of Animation at NYU.

Dean Lennert

BFA, Undergraduate Film, NYU

Dean Lennert is a professional animator with over 19 years experience in a variety of styles and mediums ranging from stop-motion techniques to traditional hand-drawn work and 3-D computer animation. With early career highlights on Nickelodeon’s DOUG and MTV’s BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD and SCHOOLHOUSE ROCKS for ABC Television, Dean also has the distinction of being an animator on the 1998 Academy Award Winning Animated Short Subject BUNNY and the 2002 Oscar-nominated feature ICE AGE for Blue Sky Studios. As a writer about the industry his interviews with many animation artists have been published internationally. Dean continues to contribute animation to shows and segments on, among others, NICK JR, SESAME STREET and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and is currently producing his own independent short film, "Dear Anna Olson".

Dean currently teaches Stop Motion, Drawing and Design, and Advanced Production Workshop.

Phil McNagny

MFA, Design and Technology, Parsons School of Design

Though his background is in 3D animation, Phil McNagny started his animation career at Nickelodeon on the Emmy-nominated children's show "Blue's Clues" as a digital animator, and was the first to employ 3D techniques for the show.  While there he also worked with a small team on the first pilot for "Creative Galaxy," which is now a web series. After Blue's Clues, McNagny worked on Disney's "Little Einstein's" as a rigging TD and animator, after which he served as the Assistant Director for the third season of "The Backyardigans."  

He has been teaching classes at NYU since 2003, and received tenure in 2010.  He currently teaches Intro to 3D Computer Animation, a range of Special Topics in 3D courses, and the Advanced 3D Production Workshop course.

Besides working on personal projects, he freelances at numerous studios in New York for such clients as McDonalds, Uncle Ben's, Nike, Cadberry, and others.

Bill Moore

Bill Moore has worked within the NY animation industry for the past 18 years. He has worn many different hats as the industry has evolved, starting his career at MTV as a layout artist. Subsequent work led him to character and background design, stop-motion design, storyboards, illustration, and directing for a variety of projects ranging from Toyotas to antacids.

In addition to his commercial storyboard work, Bill teaches Storyboarding at NYU.

Birgit Rathsmann

BA in Filmmaking, Columbia College Chicago
MFA in Fine Arts, Hunter College NY.

Birgit Rathsmann is an animator and visual artist in New York City. Her animated work includes music videos, title sequences, TV commercials, motion graphics for television channels and on-line spaces. Her work has won awards from the South By Southwest Film Festival and the Palm Springs Film Festival.

She organized exhibitions and presentations at Gasser/Grunert Gallery (NYC), the East River Band Shell,163 Eldridge and Alterna Y Corriente (Mexico City) which have been reviewed in the New York Times and artforum. She has shown at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Haus der Kulturen (Berlin), Smack Mellon, Pierogi. Grants have been awarded by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York State Council on the Arts, MacDowell Colony, the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture.

She teaches Motion Design & Titles.

Jeff Scher


Jeff Scher is a prolific Brooklyn-based experimental filmmaker and animator. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and has been screened at the Guggenheim Museum, the Pompidou Center in Paris, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and at many film festivals around the world, including opening night at the New York Film Festival. He has directed music videos for artists including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. Additionally, he has created commissioned work for HBO, HBO Family, PBS, the Sundance Channel and more. He also writes a blog and creates films for The New York Times called “The Animated Life.” A collection of his films "Best of Times" is available as a Vook on Itunes.

He teaches Introduction to Animation Techniques and Experimental Animation in the Animation area.

Doug Vitarelli

MFA, California Institute of the Arts

Doug Vitarelli is an animator who has been working in NYC for over a decade. Primarily a 3D artist, he specializes in animation, design and directing for commercials, TV spots and long format but has also created animations for film, Times Square displays, arena shows, children's books and the Hayden Planetarium. He has even spearheaded the development of two independent animation studios.

His work has screened locally, from a pizza joint in Manhattan's East Village to the Museum of Modern Art, and internationally and has won numerous awards, including the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and an Emmy.

He teaches Introduction to 3D Computer Animation.