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Josh Staub

Professor of the Practice of Cinematic Arts

Affiliated Divisions:

John C. Hench Division of Animation + Digital Arts

Josh Staub is an award-winning filmmaker, production designer, and visual effects supervisor of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Netflix Animation, and currently serves as writer/creator and executive producer of an original animated series for Apple+. Over the course of 14 years at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Josh contributed to more than 20 film projects including the Academy Award winning film Frozen and the animated short films Paperman and Feast. 

In addition to helping create some of the most successful and popular animated feature films ever made, Josh is also an accomplished independent filmmaker and sole-creator of the animated short film The Mantis Parable, which screened in over 100 film festivals around the world (Annecy, Tribeca), graced the screens of the nation’s top art museums (National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, LACMA, MoMA), and twice qualified for consideration of an Academy Award nomination.

In 2018, Josh was inducted into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (Oscars) for "exceptional accomplishments in the field of theatrical motion pictures.”

Josh is also a founding member of Rise Up Animation (dedicated to increasing diversity in the animation industry), and has given countless lectures at studios, festivals, and schools around the world.