Becky Wible Searles

  • B.F.A., University of Cincinnati
  • M.F.A., Pratt Institute

"At age 8 I took up tap dancing and, shortly after that, decided I wanted to be a music teacher. At 12 I aspired to be an actor/playwright, and then at 14 started my own 'art school' in my basement, 'teaching' neighborhood kids how to do art. Having always been drawn to collaborative creative environments, animation and teaching, it was a natural career choice so that I could work with a group of people in a fascinating intersection of the visual, performing and literary arts. I continually learn how to be a better animation director and producer through teaching and how to be a better teacher through directing and producing, all of which often and rewardingly blends together."

Becky Wible Searles | Animation professor

Awards, recognition and honors

New York Festivals Gold Worldmedal, Parents' Choice Gold Award, Parents' Choice Silver Award, Broadcast Designers' Association silver award, DESI Award, Caples first place award, USA Film Festival finalist (Dallas) and first place at the BACA Film Festival


ASIFA, Society for Animation Studies (SAS), co-founder of StopMoCo Lab (Atlanta)

Previous Positions

Professor, School of Visual Arts, New York, New York; professor, Pratt Institute, New York; professor, The New School, New York; instructor, Franklin Furnace, New York; instructor, Young Audiences New York; dean of the Art Center Design College, Albuquerque, New Mexico; owner/executive director, One Eighty One Productions Inc., New York

Publications and presentations

  • "The Animator's Eclectic Guides," (current, in-progress).
  • Profiled in articles in Millimeter Magazine, Screen Magazine and the Puppetry Journal.
  • "Poem," Convergence, Vol. 1.
  • Invited reading, Barnes and Noble, Savannah, Georgia.