has the distinction of being the first female director of a major animated feature film.
Born and raised in Illinois, Chapman developed an interest in animation in her teens, which led her to study at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). During her summer breaks, she began her professional career working in syndicated television animation. After graduating with a BFA in Character Animation, she was a story trainee on the animated hit The Little Mermaid. She later served as head of story on the blockbuster The Lion King, overseeing both the writers and the artists on the project.
Chapman also worked in story and development on such successful animated films as The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She has been with DreamWorks Animation from its inception in the fall of 1994.
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