Ed HooksED HOOKS has been an entertainment industry professional for more than three decades. He has appeared in more than 100 television programs and films and is one of the most respected acting teachers in the United States. Since 1996, Professor Hooks created acting training specifically for animators, and his system is used by leading animation schools internationally. He is continually in demand as a guest lecturer and speaker at animation conferences.


New York & Los Angeles: Stage, Film and TV. 100+ roles.



Ed has been a highly respected acting teacher in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. For more than twenty years he has taught ongoing, professional-level workshops in scene study, acting for camera and commercials.

Acting for Animators

Ed has taught Acting for Animators in the U.S., UK, Australia, India, Brazil, Singapore, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Netherlands, China, Mexico, and Canada. Disney, Clients include DreamWorks, Sony, Microsoft, Valve, Bioware, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Blizzard, Warner Bros. Games, Bournemouth U., Sheridan College, Ohio State, Teesside U., Loyola Marymount, Catholic University and  Filmakademie Baden-Wurtemberg. (A more extensive list of teaching clients is included on the right.)


Animation World Network (http://www.awn.com/blogs/ed-hooks-acting-for-animators)


American University, Washington, D.C.

University of Maryland

American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York


Acting for Animators, 3rd rev. ed., Routledge, 2011

Acting in Animation: A Look at 12 Films, Heinemann Publishing, 2008

The Actor's Field Guide: Acting Notes on the Run, Watson Guptill/Backstage Books, 2007 (e-book edition in progress, 2012)

Acting Strategies for the Cyber Age, Heinemann Publishing, 2005

The Audition Book: Winning Strategies for Breaking into Theatre, Film and Television, 2nd revised ed., Watson-Guptill/Backstage Publications, 2005

The Ultimate Scene and Monologue Sourcebook, 2nd rev. ed., Watson-Guptill/Backstage Publications, 2007


American Theatre Magazine, "Teaching Ants to Act," 1999

Game Developer's Magazine, "Chasing Gollum," 2003

Millimeter Magazine, "Acting for Animators," 2000


Passions: Psychology, Philosophy, History, Aesthetics

Favorite Foods: I enjoy thoughtfully prepared food of any nationality (see photo). I do not drink alcoholic beverages because I am allergic to them.

A meal typical of the ones I enjoyed in Shanghai in summer 2012. The red things in front with curly tails are roasted duck tongues.

Favorite Music: Broadway Show Tunes

Some Favorite Movies: "The Iron Giant" (animation) "Godfather" (live action) "The Bicycle Thief" (Italian)

Favorite Books: Tell Me A Story, by Roger Schank, Existential Psychotherapy, by Irvin Yalom, Look Homeward, Angel, by Thomas Wolf

Favorite Sports: I enjoy watching most sports at the championship level but am not personally athletic.


Following is a partial list of animation studios and educational organizations at which Professor Hooks has lectured:

Rainmaker Studios, Vancouver, Canada

Sheridan Institute, Toronto, Canada

Communication University of China, Beijing

Centre National d'Animation et de Design (Centre NAD), Montreal, Canada

Animex International Festival of Animation & Computer Games, University of Teesside, UK (10 consecutive years)

DePaul University, School of Cinema and Interactive Media, Chicago

SIGGRAPH, Los Angeles, California

Game Developer's Convention, San Jose, California

Swansea Institute, Swansea, S. Wales, UK

Catholic University, Porto, Portugal

Griffith Film School, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

College of Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan

Cadritech Computação Gráfica, Sao Paulo, Brazil

CGCG, Taipei, Taiwan

Asia Media Makers, Singapore

Red Stick Animation Festival, Baton Rouge, Louisana

Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, Canada

Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Vancouver, Canada

Filmakademie Baden Wurtemburg, Ludwigsburg, Germany

Full Sail Real World Education, Winter Park, Florida

FMX Animation Festival, Stuttgart, Germany (Board of Advisors, eight consecutive years)

Ohio State University

Ringling College of Art + Design, School of Animation, Sarasota, Florida

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California

Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia

Angel Studios, Carlsbad, California

Animal Logic, Sydney, Australia

Artificial Mind and Movement, Montreal, Canada

BioWare Corp., Edmonton, Canada

Big Idea, Lombard, Illinois

Black Rock Games, London, England

Electronic Arts, Stockholm and England

Jilin Game and Animation Forum, Changchun, China

Epic Games, Cary, North Carolina

Escape Factory, Seattle, Washington

Grin Games, Barcelona, Spain

Microsoft Games, Seattle, Washington

Mondo Media, San Francisco, California

Scanline Productions, Munich, Germany

Sony Games, San Diego, California, and London, England

Traveller's Tales Games, Knutsford, UK

Blizzard Entertainment, Irvine, California

Lucas Learning, San Raphael, California

Midway Games, Chicago, Illinois

Tippett Studio, Berkeley, California

Ubisoft, Montreal, Toronto, Shanghai

Valve Software, Bellevue, Washington

Volition Games, Champaign, Illinois

Walt Disney Studios, Los Angeles, California, Sydney, Australia, Orlando, Florida

Blue Sky Studios, White Plains, New York

ASIFA–India International Animation Day

Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, Potsdam, Germany

PDI/DreamWorks, Palo Alto, California

Wild Brain, San Francisco, California

Northwest Academy, Portland, Oregon

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