Kate Miller is a self-taught artist and award winning stop-motion animator born and raised in Oakland, California. She began sculpting with clay at a very young age and grew up with a love of film, acting, and puppetry. She has a black belt in karate and a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA. She has also studied acting but prefers to spend her time behind the camera, building sets, and moving puppets around miniature worlds. Since 2010 she has been producing her own animated short films as well as helping to produce advertisements and music videos. She won awards for two of her short films at the Films for the Forest competition at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. In 2014 she ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to begin production on The Pirate Grace, a short film based on the true story of Grace O’Malley, the Irish pirate chieftain.