Instructors

Learn Storytelling From The Entertainment Industry’s Top Talent


Becoming a great visual storyteller is difficult if you don’t have insider access to the entertainment industry. When you become a member of StoryboardArt you will have everything you need to push your visual storytelling skills to the next level and beyond in one place. No more searching around aimlessly wondering why your career and art skills have been standing still.

Through our online classes, tutorial videos, and live workshops we teach the storytelling principles that are not commonly found in art schools or traditional learning environments. The materials we offer have been collected from on-the-job training in actual production studios and our courses are taught by working professionals. As a professional community you can learn from your peers in the forums, showcase your art, find work, and collaborate with other industry professionals.

Meet Your Instructors


robert valley

Robert Valley is an Oscar award winning director, story artist and animator. Best known for Love, Death & Robots, Tron Uprising, and Pear Cider and Cigarettes. His credits also include Belushi, Agent Elvis, The Hollow, and the TV series Wonder Woman. He has worked with Netflix, Disney, Nike, Coca-Cola, Gorillaz music videos and many more. Robert is a pioneer in visual styles and filmmaking.

tim burgard

Tim Burgard has worked in TV and feature film with the industry's top filmmakers on blockbuster films such as; Terminator 2, Thor, Rise of the Apes, Jurassic World, Geostorm, Fantastic Four, and Independence Day: Resurgence & The Revenant to name a few. His TV credits include The Simpsons, Conan the Barbarian, Gargoyles, and Mighty Ducks among others.

Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson is a well known story artist and animator that has worked in every aspect of the industry at one time or another. Derek was nominated for two Emmys for assistant director on Phineas and Ferb and an Annie for boarding on Rocketeer. He has worked in TV and feature as a storyboard artist, director and assistant director and has worked with Walt Disney TV, Gaumont Animation, Warner Bros Entertainment, and is currently a storyboard artist with Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Sergio Paez

Sergio Paez is a veteran storyboard artist, director, author, and the founding member of StoryboardArt.org. With over 20 years of experience in live action, animation, visual effects and VR. Sergio was an episodic director on Star Wars Resistance, Star Wars Rebels, and Star Wars The Clone Wars series from Lucasfilm. His film credits include projects for Pixar, Lucasfilm, Sony, and Sega.

Stephanie Gonzaga

Stephanie Gonzaga is a storyboard artist and director and is best known for: DuckTales, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, Harvey Girls Forever, Ben 10 and Star vs. the Forces of Evil to name a few. Her studio credits include: Warner Bros Animation, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Dreamworks, Netflix and is currently an episodic director at Skybound Entertainment.

spyros tsiounis

Spyros Tsiounis is a story artist and animation industry veteran best known for his story artist contributions to movies such as Coraline, Kung Fu Panda, and The Bee Movie. As well as TV shows like Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars - winner of four Emmys. As a production manager and director he has worked with franchises such as The Walking Dead. Spyros has worked with Lucasfilm, Paramount, Laika, Apple TV plus, Nickelodeon and Billionaire Boys Club to name a few.

Alex chiu

Alex Chiu is a storyboard artist and director known for her work on Wonder Woman, The Ice Road, Power Rangers, and WandaVision. Alex loves drawing action, comedy and drama and is currently a storyboard artist at Nickelodeon. Alex has worked with Sony Pictures Animation, Marvel Animation, Warner Bros. Cartoon Network, Netflix, Titmouse, Skydance and Atomic Studios to name a few.

vaughn ross

Vaughn Ross is a veteran storyboard artist and director known for his work on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Star Wars: Rebels, and Wonder Park. Vaughn is currently a supervising director at Warner Bros Animation. He was also an episodic director for Warner Bros on Gremlins and has worked with many studios including LucasFilm, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros..

steve lee

Steve Lee is an industry veteran who has worked in all aspects of film and animation from commercials, TV, movies and games, he has done it all. His credits include Star Wars Rebels, Indiana Jones, Injustice 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, Frankenstein, and Jurassic World. He has worked with studios including Marvel, Lucasfilm, DreamWorks and Sony to name a few. Steve is a great teacher and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with anyone lucky enough to be in his circle.

calvin tsang

Calvin Tsang is a well known director, story artist and writer best known for his work on Kung Fu Panda 4, Nimona, The Super Mario Bros Movie, and Max Steel. Calvin also worked on Star Wars: Resistance, Star Wars: Rebels, Ben 10: Omniverse, and Tron: Uprising. Calvin has over 15 years of experience in animation feature and television. Calvin has worked with studios including Lucasfilm, Dreamworks, Cartoon Network, Disney, Mattel, and Illumination Entertainment.

nick sung

Nick Sung is a story artist and director best known for his work on feature films such as Up, Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, and Brave. Nick is currently a story artist in feature animation at Netflix for an upcoming feature animated film. Nick developed IP at Story Protocol, served as a director in development at Kuku Studios and co-produced Life After BOB, now streaming on the Criterion Channel. Nick has experience at Pixar, Airbnb and Slack. He has shared storytelling insights with teams at Google, Nike, Intuit and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

David Meyers

David Meyers is best known as a storyboard artist, Previs/3D layout and animator. His credits include Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Star Wars: Rebels and Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2. David has worked with studios including Lucasfilm, DisneyToon Studios, The Cavalry FX, and the Dan Clark Company.

Douglas lovelace

Douglas Lovelace is a storyboard artist, TV and film director best known for DC Super Hero Girls, The Secret Life of Pets 2, Star Wars: Rebels, Minions and Monsters, DreamWorks Dragons, The Venture Bros., and The Legend of the Three Caballeros to name a few. His studio credits include Disney, Illumination, Lucasfilm, Dreamworks, Skybound and Marvel Entertainment.

JOHN DUSENBERRY

John Dusenberry is Head of story at Warner Bros. John's feature credits include Space Jam: A New Legacy, SCOOB, Smallfoot, LEGO Ninjago, LEGO 2, SpongeBob 2: Sponge out of Water, and the upcoming Toto. He is known as an animator, storyboard artist and voice actor on Mondo Media’s Dick Figures. John was an Animation Director for the Emmy Award winning series COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey and has worked on several other series including the Disney+ series DuckTales, and Legend of the Three Caballeros.

CRYSTAL KAN

Crystal Kan is a story artist based in Los Angeles. She has done work for Titmouse, Nickelodeon and DreamWorks TV. Crystal’s credits include Star Trek: Lower Decks, Rugrats, Spider-Man, Madagascar: A Little Wild, Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, and Kazu Kibuishi’s Amulet.

JEN BENNETT

Jen Bennett is a story artist and director known for Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, My Adventures with Superman, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Justice League Action, DC Super Hero Girls, and Centaurworld. Jen has worked with Nickelodeon Animation, Warner Bros, Netflix, Dreamworks, and Cartoon Network. She is currently an episodic director with Nickelodeon Animation.

brad rau

Brad Rau is a director at Lucasfilm working for many years on Star Wars: The Bad Batch. He has also worked as a storyboard artist and supervising director on Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, Ka-Pow!, Star Wars: Resistance and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. Brad has worked as animation director at LeapFrog, Wild Brain and Curious Pictures. He has worked with studios Lucasfilm, Laika, Ghostbot, and Vancouver FIlm School.

giancarlo volpe

Giancarlo Volpe is an Emmy and Annie award winning director, producer, and showrunner with over 20 years experience in the animation industry. His credits include Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Dragon Prince, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, The Boys Presents: Diabolical, and Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Giancarlo is currently a supervising director at Titmouse. He has worked with studios Lucasfilm, Disney +, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon to name some.

tony santo

Tony Santo is a storyboard artist, illustrator, cinematic and art director professional with over 20 years of experience in the industry. Tony’s credits include Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, Pocahontas, and Mulan to name a few. He has worked with companies such as WWE, EA Sports, Icona Pop Music Video, A & E Network, Lifetime, History Channel, and many more.

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