Academic C.V.

bekky O’Neil

Portfolio Personal: | Studio:

Skills Directing for Stage & Screen, Storyboarding, Traditional and Mixed Media Animation, Puppet & Mask Construction, Armature Construction, Scriptwriting, Photography, Video & Sound Editing, Web Design, Illustration, Textile & Surface Pattern Design, Comics

Software Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, AfterEffects, ProTools, TVPaint Animation Pro, DragonFrame Stop Motion, ToonBoom Harmony, Final Draft, Final Cut Pro, Excel, Quickbooks

Languages English (mother tongue) | Français (fonctionnel)


Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD University), Interdisciplinary Art, Media & Design – MFA Specialization in Animated Documentary & Sustainable Agriculture | 2016 – 2020

Thesis: “What Does a Garden Know? Permaculture Explorations in the Field & Studio”

Concordia University, Major in Film Animation, Bachelor of Fine Arts | Montréal, Québec | 2013-2016

Bread & Puppet Theatre, Glover, Vermont | Volunteer Intern & Performer | 2008-2011
(Including performances at the UNIMA International Puppetry Conference in 2011 at University of Connecticut & Honk! A Festival of Activist Marching Bands in Somerville, MA)

Concordia University, Major in Playwrighting, Bachelor of Fine Arts | 2005-2010

Teaching Experience

Online Workshop Development, Cardboard Reality Farm & Studio, A new series of Covid-19 friendly at-home workshops launching Fall 2020

Workshop Leader, Cardboard Reality Farm & Studio, Cobourg, Ontario, 2018-2020
Subjects of Instruction Include: Silkscreening, Shibori Indigo Dye, Needle Felting, Stop Motion Animation, Papier Maché Mask Construction, Lino Carving / Relief Printing, Papercraft

Private Animation Instructor, Cardboard Reality Farm & Studio, Cobourg, Ontario, 2019-2020
(Worked both with adult artists looking to add an additional medium to their craft, and home schooled children)

Workshop Leader, Critical Mass Port Hope, Intro to Shadow Puppetry, 2019

Teaching Assistant, Concordia University, Technical Aspects of Animated Filmmaking, Professor Jean Théberge, 2014-2015

Volunteer Workshop Leader, Art City St James Town, Giant Puppet Construction, 2011

Visual Arts Instructor, Camp Manitou Sports & Arts Centre, Parry Sound, Ontario, 2004

Grants & Awards

Ontario Arts Council, Grants to Visual Artists, 2020

OCAD University, 3 Minute Thesis Competition, Second Place, 2020

Private Donor, Bailey Scholarship for Canadian Artists, 2018

Concordia University Film Festival, Best Animated Film, 2016

Concordia University, Richter Award for Animated Filmmaking, 2015

Canada Council for the Arts, Grants to Theatre Artists, 2010

Concordia University, Shuffle Entrance Scholarship, 2005

Artist Talks & Lectures

AGN (Art Gallery of Northumberland) Spotlight Series: Cardboard Reality Farm & Studio, 2020

Ah! (Arts & Heritage) Warkworth, Of Wool & Wire: The Stop Motion Worlds of Cardboard Reality, 2018

18th Animation Show of Shows, Last summer, in the garden, Tour speaking about my film at theatres, animation studios and universities in California including: Sony Pictures Animation, Illumination Entertainment, Blizzard Entertainment, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Google, Pixar Animation Studios, Industrial Light & Magic, Apple, Tippet Studios, 20th Century Fox Animation, Cogswell College, USC Animation School & UCLA

Filmography (Director & Animator | Cardboard Reality Farm & Studio)
Demo reel available at

Gallery / Installation / Concerts

Winter Stories, An Interactive Shadow Puppetry Installation at the Port Hope Candlelight Festival, Critical Mass, 2019

Of Wool & Wire: The Stop Motion Worlds of Cardboard Reality, AH! Arts & Heritage Warkworth, 2018

Course Credit (Group Show), OCAD U Grad Gallery, Toronto, 2017

Humanalia (Group Show), OCAD U Grad Gallery, Toronto, 2016

Philosophical Toys, Concordia University Fine Arts Reading Room, Artist in Residence, 2015

Otherworldly Curiosity (Group Show), VAV Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, 2013

Paper Moon, NextStage Theatre Festival Courtyard Installation, Factory Theatre, Toronto, 2012

Off The Wall (Group Show), Canadian Sculpture Centre, Toronto, 2012

Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand: A Brief History of the World, Leitmotif, Nuit Blanche Toronto, 2011

Cabinet of Curiosity, Visual Fringe, Toronto Fringe Festival, 2011

Jehovah’s 3D MegaParty, Pop Matters, Les Saints, Pop Montreal Music Festival, 2008

Theatre (Writer, Director & Designer | Quality Slippers Productions)
Complete Theatre C.V. Available Upon Request

Urge for Going: The Joni Mitchell Project, Montreal & Toronto Fringe Festivals, 2014

Exit, pursued by a bear., SummerWorks Festival, 2014

for you, Emmy, Lower Ossington Theatre, Toronto, 2010

Being the Enthralling Story of Herculine Barbin, International Toy Theatre Festival, NYC, 2010

Feed the Birds Cabaret (Curator), Henson Puppet Slam Network, Various Venues, Toronto, 2010-2012

Arts Administration

Fund Development & Administrative Coordinator | Apathy is Boring | 2013-2014

Gallery Administrator | The Al Green Gallery for the Arts | 2011-2012

Studio Assistant | The Al Green Sculpture Studio School | 2010-2012

Assistant to Chief Operating Officer | Just For Laughs Festival | 2006-2008