Thursday, March 31, 2011


gonna try that out for a while, we still have lots of catching up to do here.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Can you tell me how to get back to the subway from Avenue Q?

Princeton and I ,goofing around.

last week , I went to NYC, to see Avenue Q, had not seen the show since it Opened 6 years ago. I was Lucky enough to work on the show For Rick Lyon's Company, "The Lyon Puppets", It came at a great time since I had just finished doing some work on "Crank Yankers" and was dealing with my first year of "Freelance" puppet building. I had done some work with Rick here and their over the years , on weekends , when i was off from my job as a puppet builder for the Jim Henson Company.

Avenue Q was great a great experience. Not only is Rick a accomplished performer, and Puppeteer, he is a wonderful Puppet designer as well, and Avenue Q really showed that.It was a Honor to be part of what truly was a Ground breaking Theatre experience, and it not often that Puppet Builders get their names in Playbill.
Thanks and Congratulations to Rick Lyon, and Avenue Q for 6 amazing years on Broadway.

read carefully , I'm in their somewhere :)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

It's a Jungle out there, and in my workshop as well.

The Foosa, 2009

Madagasgar Hissing Cockroach , with Common NYC Roach
One Very Large Sneaker,

Giant Brazilian Cave Roach

Monarch Butterfly Life Cylce Show. Large Rolled Up News paper
The Eastern Painted Turtle

Prairie Dog and Rabbit
This Is a Chestnut Madibiled Tucan, and this is You-CAn the Toucan, and his Brothers

American BullFrog.

for the past several years i have built puppets and props for the Central park zoo. Its always a fun project no matter what the deadline, I get to build stuff that i might not otherwise think of, and the reaction they get from the kids and the crowds at the zoos are always fantaftic.

This past year alone i worked on a Madacascar Hissing Cockroach, a Foosa, and did some repairs on some older props i had worked on. here are some puppets from over the years that i have done fro the Central Park Zoo, and the Bronx zoo, and Queens and Prospect park zoos.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

My first failed attempt at Blogging

I could have sworn that this blog was deleted, Guess i was wrong.

I started the blog to promote a new Show at , a Not for profit Marionette and Hand puppet Theatre in Brooklyn NY, Puppetworks was my first professional job as a puppeteer, and i still work with them today.

It is interesting to see what i was writing 3 years ago, seems like i was trying to sound smarter than i am. Anyway check it out ,and here are a few more pictures from "The Reluctant Dragon" which i co-wrote with Micheal Leech, Puppets By Nick Coppola , and Myself.


I have done a few jobs with a Company called charged in NYC, they do a lot of commercial work, but have also pitched and developed some concepst for Tv and the Internet, My first gig with them was for a show called "Smoking Gun TV"based off the stories on the website., i was hired as art department, but i also did a good amount of puppeteering as well.

a coupel years later they developed a show for (now part of the website i belive). The show was called " TIME SUCK" and was about two office mates . Benji the dog , and Patches the human. It was essentialy a parody of the crazy viral videos that we all look for on line. Here a few of puppets i built for the show. we where under a time crunch (it always seesm that way) I think i had about a 4 or 5 days to get all three done.

to bad i cant seem to find any links to the videos we did, Here is the link for Chrged though

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

sorry for the lack of Update today

was a long and stupid day , and i just didn't have time, so here is a picture of that Beaky Monster dude, he looks like i felt today, Good night , Ill try to do a More substantial post on Thursday at some point.
ahh the joys of Frustration.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Late day post ,

Hey all, its a late day post today.I was called in to do one of my Part time job (Oh joy.) and i am just now getting in front of the computer.
Some one on was saying they liked this frog i built for "Johnny and the Sprites"so here is a pick of her, and a few other frogs i have done over the years.

She was designed by Michael Schupbach, (of the puppet kitchen) and i worked from His design and under his art Direction, from what i know she was a real hit .I only was on set in the work room for 3 -4 day in the afternoons building her(i was working at a YMCA that summer teaching a puppet building class to kids as well)

I wish i had a better picture than this , I built this frog for the Central Park zoo, i was very happy with the way he came out , i need to get in to get some better shots of him some day .
This little guy was originally going to be a part of a Video i did for the San Fransisco Outside lands Music Festival This year , but he decided the set didn't have room for him. He ended up appearing in the "Kiss The Girl ...Continued" Video i did with
This is Blotch , The Bullfrog bully from "Kermit's Swamp Years", I built two of them, one had a Eye Mech designed by Larry Jameson, the other was just some possible armature wire. I was very happy with the way the puppet came out. Not so much with the way the Movie came out.

I really have nothing to say about this one, The project fell apart do to a number of issues , all i know is that some designs do not make good puppets.
I love this little guy, I wonder what ever happened to this project, Ill have to do a post about this one in the future.
Finally here is a Marionette i built for "PUPPETWORKS INC." in Brooklyn NYC, I don't work full time their. but i go in an do work whenever they need me, I'm actually working on a New Frog for this show. we wanted a plumber , less athletic looking frog for the "Frog Prince. That's it for today , I have two more deliveries, and then back down to the basement/workshop, to finish some other projects.
Have a good one.