EDUCATION

2003 - 2006          

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS, VALENCIA, CA     

BACHELORS OF FINE ARTS IN EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION

2001  - 2002          

OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, LOS ANGELES, CA

FOUNDATION 

EXPERIENCE

2008 - PRESENT    

LOS ANGELES OPERA, LOS ANGELES, CA

PRODUCTION MEDIA MANAGER / IN-HOUSE PROJECTIONS DESIGNER

WORKS IN COLLABORATION WITH WORLD RENOWNED THEATRICAL DESIGNERS AND DIRECTORS ON NEW AND RE-MOUNTED PRODUCTIONS, ASSISTING  CREATIVELY AND TECHNICALLY TO REALIZE CONCEPTS WHICH ARE INTEGRATED INTO THE DESIGN OF EACH PRODUCTION. DURING ON STAGE REHEARSALS, RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE HEADING A TEAM OF TECHNICIANS AND ASSISTANTS.

2010 - PRESENT

CHAYKA SOFIA STUDIO, LOS ANGELES, CA

CO-FOUNDER / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / ANIMATOR

CO-FOUNDER OF A CREATIVE STUDIO WHICH DRAWS IT'S INSPIRATION FROM THE NATURAL WORLD TO REALIZE FILM, VIDEO, INSTALLATION, AND NEW MEDIA CONTENT. WORK INTERNATIONALLY FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES, NOWNESS, THE HUFFINGTON POST, ESSENT TASTE MAGAZINE, GOTHAMIST, LA WEEKLY, LAIST, NOTCOT, GASTRONOMISTA, INDIE WIRE AND MORE.

2012 - 2014

LOS ANGELES GRAND ENSEMBLE, LOS ANGELES, CA

RESIDENT VIDEO / MEDIA ARTIST 

PROJECTION DESIGN WITH THE GOAL OF CREATING A VISUAL DIALOGUE IN SUPPORT OF THE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE. L.A.G.E IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN MUSICIANS FROM LOS ANGELES OPERA, LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC, USC, COLBURN SCHOOL OF MUSIC, AND VISUAL ARTISTS WHO JOIN FORCES TO ENGAGE THE AUDIENCE SONICALLY AND VISUALLY BY CREATING AN IMMERSIVE THEATRICAL AND MUSICAL EXPERIENCE. 

2006 - 2008

SPACE BASS FILMS, LOS ANGELES, CA

ANIMATOR / PUPPET FABRICATOR

WORKED WITH A TEAM OF ARTISTS AND ANIMATORS TO REALIZE STOP MOTION - ANIMATION SHOWS AND AD CAMPAIGNS FOR MTV, VH1, MADTV, FUNNY OR DIE.

 

 

AWARDS/RECOGNITION

2013        NEW YORK TIMES - INTERVIEW

2013        WOMEN IN FILM FOUNDATION - INTERVIEW

2012        NOWNESS - FEATURED STORY

2011         WOMEN IN FILM FOUNDATION - RECIPIENT FOR FINISHING FUND

2011          SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - WINNER FOR BEST ANIMATION 

2011          NOWNESS - FEATURED STORY

2011          ESSEN TASTE MAGAZINE - INTERVIEW

 

 

SKILLS 

TRADITIONAL 

PAINTING / ILLUSTRATION / STOP - MOTION ANIMATION / HAND DRAWN ANIMATION / SCULPTURE / VIDEO / PHOTOGRAPHY / DRAFTING 

SOFTWARE

PHOTOSHOP / ILLUSTRATOR / INDESIGN / AFTER EFFECTS / FINAL CUT / AUTOCAD 

LANGUAGE 

ENGLISH / RUSSIAN