Maya is also a professional animator and writer. She has not only produced her own short films and original stories, but she has produced animation for a number of social good projects. Upenndo! Productions is a full service independent animation production studio dedicated to producing industry standard, high quality, unique animated content that pushes the medium forward. Our projects are character driven, center thematically around both social and environmental good, highlight stories from diverse voices, and inspire a wide range of audiences from around the world. Along with producing animation for LUNA Bars Equal Pay Day campaign, Adobe’s Project 1324, and more, during the Obama Administration Upenndo! Founder Maya Penn also produced the opening of the first ever digital report to congress, to get an American Museum of Women’s History built in Washington, DC. Along with standard animation, Upenndo! is also a producer of cutting edge VR, AR, and Mixed Reality (XR) experiences.
Founder Maya Penn is an award-winning storyteller, history making animator, artist, filmmaker, writer, Simon & Schuster author, and 3 time TED Speaker. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Toon Boom, Adobe, Huffington Post, Refinery29, CBS With Gayle King, Essence, Business Insider, NPR, Essence, The View TIME, O Magazine, The Steve Harvey Show, VICE, Wired, and more. She has been chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her youngest Supersoul 100 entrepreneur and change maker. She is also a specialist in environmental sustainability, eco-design, and in 2016 she received a commendation from President Obama for outstanding achievement in environmental stewardship.