Brenda Chapman

Brenda Chapman earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts and went on to start her story career at Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios. She worked as a story artist on a number of Disney’s most beloved animated films including 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, which ultimately became the highest-grossing traditionally animated film of all time. After nearly eight years at Disney, Chapman left to help launch a new animation studio – DreamWorks Feature Animation. At DreamWorks, she co-directed the 1998 release The Prince of Egypt, which marked the first time a woman directed an animated feature film for a major Hollywood studio. Brenda Chapman joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 2003. She created and directed the upcoming feature film, Brave, with Pixar’s first-ever female protagonist. Chapman is currently writing a memoir and a children’s book, as well as developing other projects. Chapman resides in the Bay Area with her husband and their daughter.