Associate Professor, Animation
School of Media, Culture & Design
Ric Heitzman serves as Associate Professor of Animation at Woodbury. He mentors the senior class through their capstone film projects and teaches the stop motion courses.
Ric teaches from experience gained during a diverse career as an animation series director, live action director, art director, production designer, actor and fine artist. He has been awarded 4 EMMY awards, three individual Emmys for Co-Production Design and Art Direction and a group award for Title Design.
A thirty-year member of the Screen Actors Guild, Ric has supplied voices for characters on Cartoon Network, Children’s Television Workshop and Peewee’s Playhouse among others. He has performed puppets in features for Paramount Pictures and Disney as well as in TV commercials.
Ric has exhibited as an artist and designer in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Boston and Vancouver, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Houston.
He created and published the independent comic, Motodor, co-created the comic, Kaktus Valley while contributing to other publications. His work both fine art and professional design has been profiled in catalogues and publications including Time, Print and American Artist magazines.
Ric creates characters, story, art and animation in a variety of mediums. His commercial design and fine art can be viewed at richeitzman.com
B.F.A. Graphic Arts Texas A&M University - Commerce, (Formerly) East Texas State University
M.F.A. Filmmaking The School of the Art Institute of Chicago