Resumé

SIMWIG Studios
Co-Founder, Animator, Actor, Puppeteer, Milkman · 2020 to Present
Film studio specializing in narrative music videos and short films. Stop-motion, puppetry, live action, and beyond!

Out of Toon Studios
Co-Founder, Instructor, Animator · Established 2015
An animation studio dedicated to teaching the art of stop-motion animation, while creating original content. Animated shorts. Music videos. Short Films. Online Classes. Art Camps.

Tommy & Jamie's Claymation Classroom
Instructor, Animator · 2013 to 2015
Thanks to the magic of MarkKistlerLive.com, we broadcast weekly virtual lessons dedicated to the art of stop-motion animation. Teaching students of all ages everything they need to know in order to make their very own claymation movies. Our lessons are recorded to be viewed, at the students' own pace, 24/7/365!

Cartoon Adventure Camp
Claymation Instructor · June 2013, August 2013
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
During Tim Decker's two week long Summer Art Camps, I taught students animation and sculpting skills and helped them create their very own stop-motion animations. I also assisted with puppet construction, had a few scribble-off competitions, and lectured on the history of Popeye the Sailorman.

YoungBlood Theatre
Illustrator, Animator · Oct 2012 to Dec 2012
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
I animated a few cartoons, illustrated title cards and character images, as well as designed the poster for YoungBlood Theatre's production of "CARTOON" a play by Steve Yockey.
Performed live at the Milwaukee Fortress Nov 30 - Dec 15, 2012

Mark Kistler's Imagination Station
Animator, Cartoonist, Instructor · 2012 to Present
Houston, Texas · Albuquerque, New Mexico
During week long Summer Art Camps, I teach students (ages 6-15) the art of claymation, puppetry and have a few scribble-off competitions along the way. Each camp ends with a live performing arts extravaganza. We get hundreds of students each year!

Marquette University
Guest Animation Instructor · Oct 2011 to May 2012 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
I aided Tim Decker in teaching students of the community the art of Lego stop-motion animation. Marquette's Engineering Department offered our Lego class once in the Fall and in the Spring.

Swanson Elementary School
Guest Animation Instructor · Oct 2011 to Mar 2012 
Brookfield, Wisconsin
I taught a weekly 4th grade class how to animate using the art of stop-motion and traditional 2-D methods.

John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Guest Artist, Animation Instructor · May 2010 to Jul 2010 
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
I assisted Tim Decker in teaching the basics of animation. While animating poems for the Poetry Foundation's Poetry Everywhere program, the students learned stop-motion, claymation, paper cut-out, and traditional 2D animation.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Animation Club
President · Spring 2010 to Spring 2011 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
During the weekly Animation Club meetings, we would help students with stop-motion and traditional animation skills. We also held animation screenings and discussions.

Elm Dale Elementary School
Instructor · May 2003 to May 2011 
Greenfield, Wisconsin
I taught students the art of drawing, cartooning, and character design during their annual "Discovery Day."