Born in Quebec city in 1966, Catharine Arcand obtained a degree in 1999 from UQAM's department of plastics arts. She has subsequently devoted herself to animation. At the NFB she learned about the craft and perfected her skills in computer graphics, working on various productions: Les couleurs de mon père - Un portrait de Sam Borenstein by Joice Borenstein, Une famille pour Maria by Lina Gagnon, Entre le rouge et le bleu by Suzie Synnot and Pourquoi la convention? by Bretislav Pojar.
Since 2001 she has been teaching computer-assisted animation in the animation department of the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal. Nightmare at School is her first professional film.