Elyse Klaidman is a lifelong artists and educator. She began working at Pixar Animation Studios in 1996 as a drawing instructor for Pixar University and joined as a full-time employee in 1998. She developed and oversaw Pixar University’s internal educational programs including art and film education, live action filmmaking, guest speaker programming, technical training and leadership development. She was the director of Pixar University from 2008 through September 2016 and the Director of Archives and Exhibitions through January 2019.
Klaidman is committed to nurturing new and future voices of storytelling through STEAM education. Educational partnerships are essential to efforts to attract, develop, nurture and empower a diverse and inclusive workforce of the future.
Klaidman co-led the Pixar team that collaborated with Khan Academy to create, develop, and promote “Pixar in a Box,” a critically acclaimed series of learning tutorials that demonstrate how math, science, engineering, and the arts are a vital part of the magic and wonder of the Pixar filmmaking process.
In 2000 Klaidman began curating art exhibits for Pixar’s internal art gallery and in 2004, worked with the curators at the Museum of Modern Art in New York to organize the “Pixar: 20 Years of Animation” exhibition. After an extensive domestic and international tour, Klaidman has twice re-curated the exhibition, and it continues to tour to this day as Pixar 30 Years of Animation.
In 2015 Klaidman and the exhibition team collaborated with the Museum of Science, Boston to launch “The Science Behind Pixar,” a touring exhibit showcasing the technology and science behind the production of each Pixar film. The Science Behind Pixar is currently touring both domestically and internationally.
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