Kara Oropallo

Animation Production Manager, Consultant and Trainer
United States

Kara Oropallo is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her teaching and research focus primarily on creative management and the art (and joy!) of managing artists. She has conducted workshops and training programs with numerous studios, including DreamWorks Animation (Feature & TV), Netflix Animation, Skydance Animation, Paramount Animation, Reel FX Animation, and Mikros Animation. Kara also co-hosts You’ll Think of Something, a podcast aimed at creative management. YTOS provides a space for focused discussion on how to be a productive creative person on a team, in your own personal work, and in your life! Kara’s previous industry experience includes more than 12 years at DreamWorks Animation, where she worked in production on such films as The Croods and Rise of the Guardians, as well as in studio resource management on such films as The Boss Baby and Trolls. She loves open water swimming, drinking wine, and watching movies. Kara resides in Dallas with her husband and two children where they eat all the barbecue and tacos they possibly can.

artistic leadership training, production management training
feature animation planning, people management, creative project management, scheduling & budgeting