Dani Bowman founded her company, DaniMation Entertainment, at age 11. She has worked professionally in the animation industry since 14. Bowman has premiered 11 award-wining animated short films at San Diego Comic-Con each year for the past 10 years. Her shorts feature the voices of Joe Mantegna, Tom Kenny (Sponge Bob), June Foray, Debi Derryberry and Stella Ritter in addition to other voice actors on the autism spectrum. Knowing the special talents of people with autism, Dani employs others on the spectrum at DaniMation Entertainment as musicians, artists, and voice actors. Dani utilizes her six passions of Autism Advocacy, Public Speaking, Animation, Illustration, Fine and Visual Arts, and Teaching Animation to show young adults on the spectrum and with other disabilities that anything is possible and inspire them to leverage their unique ability. Dani’s team of students won the Easter Seals Disability Film Challenge for Best Director in 2021.
Since age 15, Dani has led summer animation camps around the country, initially with Joey Travolta’s Inclusion Films, and then expanding out on her own to teach to over 2,000 teens and young adults followed by the launch of Danimation UK in 2019.
Dani not only teaches animation, but also works with her students as a role model and mentor, encouraging them to follow their dreams. Her contributions to the autism community have been widely acknowledged from receiving the Temple Grandin Award from Future Horizons to being the first American with Autism honored at Anna Kennedy’s “Wear It for Autism” event in London.
Additionally, Dani enjoys speaking about autism, the need for self-sufficiency and employment for those with disabilities. Among other speaking engagements, she was the keynote speaker at the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALICON), the Oklahoma State Autism Conference (OSACON), and the Alaska Autism Roadshow, ABC of North Carolina, and the California Transition Alliance.
Dani graduated Woodbury University with a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts (BFA) in Animation, followed by Master’s Degree of Business Administration (MBA) in Management and Leadership, also from Woodbury University.
Dani is currently on the cast of Netflix “Love on the Spectrum US”.