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Bill Stout

Bill Stout enjoys a peripatetic career of adventures and artistic excellence. He learned how to manipulate audiences as a touring puppeteer in his first job out of college. Puppetry also taught him the art of giving a soul to an inanimate object. During those years he learned to sculpt and to build the controls that shape what possible movements a character can make. He transitioned from puppetry to animation working on commercials and teaching animation in New York. Highlights include working on the popular character McGruff the Crime Dog and Rocket in Disney’s Little Einsteins. He eventually focused on teaching and became the Chair of the Animation Department at the New York Film Academy. He now brings his animation skills to Northeastern University.


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  • M.F.A. from School of Visual Arts
  • B.F.A. from Reed College