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Kate Isenberg


Kate IsenbergKate Isenberg teaches Computer Animation in Film and Video (FTV 489A/B/A). A writer and cartoonist, she worked in journalism before becoming a filmmaker. Her articles and drawings have appeared in national magazines including The New Yorker, The New Republic, Mother Jones and The Journal of Alta California.

Isenberg created her animated short film Dear Death (2016) based on her longtime comic strip, Stewball, which features a bipedal unicorn-horse with an existential dilemma. Dear Death won a Matt Groening Animation Production Fellowship, a fellowship from the National Association of Theatre Owners of California/Nevada, and a Myrl A. Schreibman Fellowship in Directing, and screened at film festivals in New York, Brazil, Bulgaria and Bucheon, South Korea.

In addition to being a filmmaker and cartoonist, Isenberg is also a singer-songwriter and guitarist who has released two albums of original songs. She has performed on the U.S. folk-club circuit from Club Passim in Cambridge to Eddie's Attic in Atlanta, and from Berkeley's Freight and Salvage to Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles. Writing, arranging and recording music taught Isenberg to love all aspects of music composition and audio production, an enthusiasm she brings to her filmmaking and animation teaching.

Isenberg received her B.A. in English from Harvard University and an M.F.A. in animation from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.