BiographyBill Culbertson, Creative Director/Owner Whooplah LLC, has traveled along several diverse paths that crisscrossed, overlapped and eventually merged together over his career: a fine artist, commercial artist, corporate director, freelancer, entertainment media producer and associate professor.
A graduate in fine art at Towson University in Maryland, Bill earned a Master of Arts in Art Education degree from The Rhode Island School of Design. Commercially, Bill began his career at Hasbro, Inc., as an Industrial Designer in the Research And Design department. Within a short time, he was the Director of the Sculpture Department, guiding the sculpting of the company’s popular toy lines such as G.I. Joe and My Little Pony. Moving into the freelance community, Bill developed an international clientele including manufacturers, theme parks and cruise lines. Specializing in licensed characters, he worked extensively with the Walt Disney Company, Jim Henson Company, Sesame Street Workshop, Nickelodeon and others. As an inventor, Bill is responsible for a number of manufactured toy concepts. Additionally, Bill created and produced the award-winning puppet show “Li’l Rhody!” for Rhode Island PBS.
As a fine artist, Bill has been recognized nationally and internationally for his work through numerous large-scale public art works. He has been distinguished as a Copley Master by the Copley Society of Boston. As an Associate Professor at New England Institute of Technology, Bill is a member of the nationally ranked Video Game Development and Design Department. His main concentration is in 3Dmodeling, animation and game development. As the founder of Whooplah LLC, Bill is committed to creating family-fun entertainment that helps parents meet and exceed their parenting goals. The company’s first game released, “Pollywog Pond,” is an early learner portal to reading, music, videos, games and more.
For more information, please visit: Whooplah.com and PollywogPond.com
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Video Game Development, 3d modeling and animation. An internationally recognized sculptor specializing in clay, bronze and precast concrete.
Commercially, Bill is an industrial sculptor specializing in licensed characters.