ImagineFX Magazine called Chris “The best kind of teacher” and most of his students agree. His life mission is to cultivate empathy and healing in the world by educating and empowering visual storytellers.
Ejiwa “Edge” Ebenebe
Edge is the tech mage in charge of our websites. Inspired by impossible projects, she is quickly transforming OA’s online experience from the duct-tape-and-bubblegum sites Chris slapped together himself into something artful and intuitive.
Her elaborate, emotional illustrations will make you feel things.
Sarah is a digital painting wunderkind and, by far, the most hilarious member of Team OA. Though we nicknamed her “Grimm” for her deadpan humor, she has a knack for reviving failed projects with her how-in-the-heck-did-we-not-think-of-that perspective.
Also, she’s dog-obsessed.
Oatley Academy Teachers
Creator of Spaced Out! Character Designer for Disney and The Jim Henson Company.
Creator of reMiND, Sithrah and Unnatural Talent. Kickstarter record-breaker. Dreamworks VisDev Artist gone rogue.
Character Designer for Dreamworks, Warner Bros., Powerhouse Animation and Nickelodeon.
Paul Scott Canavan
Lead Concept Artist at Blazing Griffin. Art Director on Distant Star and The 39 Steps. Illustrator at Wizards Of The Coast.
Storyboard Artist for Marvel Animation and Warner Bros. Animation. Director for Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Lead Concept Artist at Mojo Games, Illustrator at Dig-It! Games.
Concept Designer at Laika. Clients include: Google, Amazon, House Special and Dreamworks.
Aliki T. Grafft
Prolific Animation Writer/ Director, Story Artist and Show Creator for Disney, Nickelodeon and Frederator.
Color Supervisor at Nickelodeon. Illustrator for Simon & Schuster, Candlewick Press and Penguin.
Writer/ Director. Story Consultant for Pixar, ILM and Disney. Author of Invisible Ink and The Golden Theme.
Freelance artist for Blizzard Entertainment and Wizards Of The Coast.
Jessie Kate Patterson
Costume Designer, Co-Author of The Talking Threads.
Shawna JC Tenney
Children’s books Author/ Illustrator with Sky Pony Press.
2-time Emmy Award winning Art Director. VisDev and Art Direction for Disney, Dreamworks and Universal.
Journalist, documentarian and creator of Inside The Story and The Delve Video Essays.
Chances are, María speaks your language. Literally. She’s fluent in at least five (Spanish, English, Chinese, French AND Portuguese). A prolific Children’s Book creator (who also makes comics), María is also an accomplished singer, dancer and actor. Needless to say, her winsome personality and effervescent energy make her a perfect fit for The OA Welcome Team.
Derrick Utz (Dutz)
“Dutz” has a contagious optimism that will get you smiling in a split-second. A proud father to his two equally-energetic kids and an adoring husband, he extends this familial warmth to the entire OA community. His commitment to encouraging and equipping other artists is evident in his work with us as well as his personal art.
Manny has a kind heart, an old soul and a voice so mesmerizing that everyone he meets wishes he would narrate their lives. He left a job at a major media company to pursue a creative career in the Entertainment Industry (and succeeded). He’s an artist, a writer and one of the most amazing conversationalists to ever join Team OA.
Rami’s generous heart, indomitable positivity and tireless patience makes him the ideal person to help our students and subscribers through any confusion or technical issues that may arise. He also helps them find solutions to any number of artistic struggles by directing them to the most relevant resources.
Matt manages to balance coding, writing and art, while raising young twins and a wild pug. A fan of Norse Mythology and ghost stories, his ability to excel in so many areas is, no doubt, paranormal.
Most would consider a European backpacking expedition inaccessible for someone who has been in a wheelchair his entire life. …but Kevan found a way. As an inspirational speaker and author, he empowers people with disabilities worldwide. As a musician and audio producer Kevan is a major influence on the sonic design of our podcast.
Jessica is an independent Animator, co-founder of Lucky Bone Studio, co-host of The DIY Animation Show and an accomplished Storyboard Artist. With a can-do spirit and a smile as bright as the sun, she lights up every production meeting.
Audio Editor & Mix Engineer
Amy is a guitarist. …but not your average, three-chords and an out-of-tune-B-string guitarist. She’s a Van-Halen-shredding, Hendrix-wailing, Dylan-compelling, Muddy-Waters-heartbreaking, musical goddess. Lucky for us, she brings her creative versatility and empathy to her work on our podcast.
Ânia keeps the team, teachers, and community connected with her vibrant energy and people-centric organizational skills. She manages the production pipeline for our podcast and ensures a smooth and engaging experience for our listeners.
Audio & Video Editor
Elly makes laughter an art. …and he’s also an artist. Specifically, he’s a T-shirt designer/ entrepreneur. An adored member of the OA Media Team, Elly’s endless emotional generosity and enthusiasm for his work bring new life to our podcast and course content.
Kevin is the Animation Industry’s best kept secret. His masterful plein air paintings, innovative color sensibility and collaborative personality make him the ideal production artist. He’s also an advanced trumpeter with a penchant for funk, jazz and blues who brings a similarly subtle precision to his work on our podcast.
Audio & Video Editor
Don is a Storyboard teacher, independent Animator and animal lover. With his clear and efficient communication skills, Don continues to affect clarity and efficiency in the production of our podcast and course content.