Bio


Elyse Klaidman is the CEO and Co-Founder of X in a Box, LLC. After a 22 year career at Pixar Animation Studios, Elyse left in 2019 to start X in a Box. Through authentic real-world lessons, projects and programs designed in partnership with innovative companies, she and the team provide students with a deep understanding of where their passions, academic learning and real-world applications intersect. Elyse is a leader, entrepreneur and life-long educator. Before starting at Pixar she worked as a teacher and gallery director. During 22 years at Pixar, Elyse developed and over-saw programs and teams devoted to education, exhibitions and archives. As director of Pixar University, she led Art and Film Education, Filmmaking Programs, Leadership Development, Guest Speaker Programming and Technical Training. As Director of Exhibitions and Archives Elyse curated Pixar galleries and the internationally acclaimed traveling exhibitions Pixar 20 Years of Animation and the Science Behind Pixar. In 2015 Elyse’s passion to connect student interests to their educational experience was realized when she co-founded and led the team that created “Pixar in a Box” and Imagineering in a Box. As director of Pixar University she led Education and as Director of Exhibitions and Archives she curated Pixar galleries and the internationally acclaimed traveling exhibitions Pixar 20 Years of Animation and the Science Behind Pixar. In 2015 Elyse’s passion to connect student interests to their educational experience was realized when she co-founded and led the team that created “Pixar in a Box” and Imagineering in a Box.