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Brenda Chapman      

First Woman to Win an Oscar for Best Animated Feature; Animation Director and Writer of Pixar's "Brave" and DreamWorks Animation's "The Prince of Egypt"

Brenda Chapman started her career as a story artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation where she worked on films such "The Little Mermaid," "The Rescuers Down Under," "Beauty and the Beast," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Fantasia/2000." Chapman was the story supervisor on "The Lion King," for which she won the Annie Award.

Chapman then helped launch DreamWorks Animation Studios, where she directed the 1998 release of "Prince of Egypt." She joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 2003 where she created, wrote and directed the Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe winning "Brave."

Chapman is currently developing projects for Chapman Lima Productions, Inc., with Kevin Lima.

Chapman resides in the Bay Area with her husband and their daughter.

Speech Topics


  • The film industry
  • Storytelling in film
  • Nuances of animation and why it’s so captivating
  • How technology has and does change the film industry
  • Women’s advances in the world of film and creativity and inspiration
  • Brave role models
  • The moment I became a feminist

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