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Guest Speaker Series: Chris Sonnenburg

2018 Speaker Series

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Chris Sonnenburg

Executive producer and supervising director of Disney Channel’s "Tangled: The Series" based on Walt Disney Animation Studios’ acclaimed feature film.

With over 20 years of experience in the animation industry, Sonnenburg began his career at Disney Feature Animation in 1994 working on films such as Pocahontas, Hercules, Mulan, Tarzan and Fantasia 2000.

Later in his career, he worked with James Baxter Animation as an assistant director on the 2D sequences for Disney’s Enchanted and DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda.

Sonnenburg’s television credits include "The Critic," "Futurama," "Beavis and Butthead," as well as Disney’s "Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil" and "Gravity Falls." Sonnenburg attended California Institute of the Arts where he majored in Character Animation. During college, he worked as Bugs Bunny at Six Flags Magic Mountain, which is still one of his all-time favorite jobs.

A native of San Bernardino, Sonnenburg currently resides in Newhall with his wife Janelle and two teenage daughters. He enjoys building movie prop replicas with his friends and spending quality time with his family.

7:00 p.m. / Thursday September 27

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24266 Main St. Newhall

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Guest Speaker Series: Bob Dickson and Matt Green

2018 Speaker Series

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Bob Dickson

Professional writer, Professor Masters University

Bob spent five years as a sports writer for The Santa Clarita Signal, where he received an Associated Press News Executives Council award for sports writing in 2003 and shared in a National Newspaper Association award for best sports series in 2006.

Matt Green

Producer, writer, and director, Masters University

Matt has a passion for sharing knowledge with others. With a BA in Business and an MA in Communication, Matt teaches in the Cinema & Digital Arts.
He is a producer, writer, and director who began his career working on music videos in the late 1990s.

They will be speaking about:

  • The business side of taking a creative project to (and through) production
  • Ways to make a living as a creative professional in the Film business
  • Brief Q&A

7:00 p.m. / Thursday May 24

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24266 Main St. Newhall

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Guest Speaker Series: Michael Powell

2018 Speaker Series

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Michael Powell

Visual and Performance Artist

Michael Powell is an award-winning artist and musician who has been a member of the Santa Clarita Artists’ Community for over 30 years. He caught the art bug at age 7 while watching his father draw a horse, and majored in art and music all through high school and college. Michael owned and ran a successful art school in Saugus, The Artist’s Touch, and has taught afterschool art programs at various local elementary schools throughout Santa Clarita and in the San Fernando Valley. Michael is also a professional musician whose talents include playing bass, arranging music, songwriting, engineering recordings, and vocals. He has been teaching at the ARTree in Newhall for three years, and currently serves as a board member. Michael is very passionate about art and music, saying “if you can see it, you can draw it, and if you can hear it, you can play it!”

7:00 p.m. / Thursday, March 22

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24266 Main St. Newhall

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