character actor-puppeteer-singer-voiceover artist-writer-so much more
Summer/Fall 2023: a bit of picketing
September 22, 2023: Performed in a concert reading of HOT DAM! at 54 Below
September 21, 2023: Recorded an interview for the BAD CHESS podcast
July 18, 2022 - September 8, 2023: Shot Season 2 of DONKEY HODIE
August 24, 2023: Did a sing-through of AVENUE Q with my fellow castmates for STARS IN THE HOUSE, raising money for the Maui Humane Society and the Maui Strong Fund (Hawai'i Community Foundation)
June 6, 2023: Recorded an interview for the Tough Pigs' MUPPETS MAYHEM podcast
June 5, 2023: Performed at the New42 Gala, honoring Sesame Workshop and CEO Steve Youngwood
June 4, 2023: Recorded an interview for the JayBee & Milly podcast
May 31, 2023: Performed in Sesame Workshop's annual gala
May 6, 2023: Interviewed DJ Bob for his 13th anniversary podcast
Winter, 2023: Wrote another episode of DONKEY HODIE
January 11 - March 17, 2023: Shot Season 54 of SESAME STREET at Kaufman Astoria Studios
January 9, 2023: Recorded an interview for the Tough Pigs'
Fall, 2022: wrote another episode of DONKEY HODIE
October 6, 2022 - Recorded an interview (alongside Craig Shemin) for the LIFEWRITING podcast with Tananarive Due and Steve Barnes
June, 2022: Did a fun little shoot that I can't talk about yet
June 1, 2022: Performed in Sesame Workshop's annual gala
Spring, 2022: Shot some more SESAME STREET material here and there
April 25, 2022: Performed in the New York Pops' Spring Gala - FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOREVER - in honor of Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson Lopez
April 18, 2022: Appeared on STARS IN THE HOUSE to promote the New York Pops' Spring Gala
April 11, 2022: Performed in the Eugene O'Neill Center's Spring Gala
March 25, 2022: Recorded an interview for JAKE'S HAPPY NOSTALGIA SHOW podcast
January 25 - March 11, 2022: Shot Season 53 of SESAME STREET at Kaufman Astoria Studios
February 5, 2022: Recorded an interview for the PURPLE ROADS podcast
January 9, 2022: Recorded an interview for the YOU MIGHT KNOW HER FROM podcast
December 28, 2021: Recorded an interview for a special episode of the BELOW THE FRAME podcast, where I interviewed host Matt Vogel
Mid-December, 2021: Worked in person on the last episode of DONKEY HODIE's first season
Pretty much all of 2021: Continued to pre-record and loop material from home for DONKEY HODIE
August 9, 2021-December 3, 2021: Shot another season of HELPSTERS
Fall, 2021: Continued to record a couple of VOs from home for various SESAME STREET outreach projects
October 4, 2021: Recorded a VO demo for Airwick
August 29, 2021: Recorded an interview for the TWO KIDS AND A BROADWAY STAR podcast
...despite the fact that I have not been on Broadway in almost 16 years
July 11, 2021: Performed in the virtual Theatre World Awards, celebrating their 75th year
June-July, 2021: Wrote another episode of DONKEY HODIE
April-July, 2021: Wrote an episode of HELPSTERS
June 5, 2021: Made a virtual guest appearance on Northwestern University's talk/sketch show
May 17-28, 2021: Shot some more in-person episodes of DONKEY HODIE
March-May, 2021: Wrote another episode of DONKEY HODIE
March 22 - April 23, 2021: Shot another season of the NOT-TOO-LATE SHOW WITH ELMO
February 8-20, 2021: Wrapped myself in PPE and shot some more episodes of DONKEY HODIE
December 13, 2020: Recorded an interview for DJ Bob Runkel's podcast
November 28, 2020: Was a guest on
November 7, 2020: Participated in the York Theatre's
October 27, 2020: Did a second remote press junket for Season 2 of HELPSTERS (on Applt TV+), entirely from home
October 26 - December 11, 2020: Went back to the studio for Season 52 of SESAME STREET
October 3, 2020: Co-hosted Craig Shemin's HENSON Q&A SHOW & TELL livestream with Matt Vogel, part of HENSON CONVERSATIONS for the Museum of the Moving Image
October 2, 2020: Did a remote press junket for Season 2 of HELPSTERS (on Apple TV+), entirely from home
Fall, 2020: Recorded songs and ADR for DONKEY HODIE from home
Summer, 2020: Recorded audio content for various SESAME STREET and Sesame Workshop projects from home
September 18, 2020: Recorded an Airwick demo from home, thanks to Source-Connect
August 26, 2020: Recorded an interview for the Tough Pigs' podcast MOVIN' RIGHT ALONG
August 19, 2020: Recorded an interview for the WE GOT THIS! WITH MARK AND HAL podcast where we decided what the Worst Easter Candy was
July 31, 2020: Appeared with the original company of AVENUE Q for a 17th anniversary livestream on Seth Rudetsky's STARS IN THE HOUSE (it's now on YouTube)
July 25, 2020: Co-hosted Craig Shemin's HENSON Q&A SHOW & TELL livestream with Fran Brill, part of HENSON CONVERSATIONS for the Museum of the Moving Image
July 23, 2020: Recorded a Galliprant internet spot from my home, thanks to Source-Connect
July 9, 2020: Was a special guest on Craig Shemin's MUPPET TRIVIA SPECTACULAR livestream for the Center for Puppetry Arts
June, 2020: Updated my puppetry and voiceover reels for this site
June 13, 2020: Co-hosted Craig Shemin's HENSON Q&A AND SHOW & TELL livestream with Jim Lewis, part of HENSON CONVERSATIONS for the Museum of the Moving Image
June 4, 2020: Sang in Scott Seigel's virtual GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK CONCERT VOL. 4 on YouTube
May-June, 2020: Wrote my fourth episode of DONKEY HODIE
May 9, 2020: Co-hosted Craig Shemin's HENSON Q&A AND SHOW & TELL livestream with Bill Baretta, part of HENSON CONVERSATIONS for the Museum of the Moving Image
May 5, 2020: Recorded a Progressive radio spot from my home, thanks to Source-Connect
April, 2020: Shot six HELPSTERS HELP YOU mini-episodes from my home, thanks in no small part to Craig Shemin
April, 2020: Wrote my third episode of DONKEY HODIE
April 30, 2020: Recorded some Airwick spots from home, thanks to Source-Connect
April 21, 2020: Recorded a Galliprant demo from home, thanks to Source-Connect
April 11, 2020: Was a special guest on Craig Shemin's Muppet Trivia/Show & Tell Show for the Museum of the Moving Image on Facebook Live
April 4, 2020: Shot Prairie Dawn's brief shining participation (her words) in ELMO'S PLAY DATE from home (and performed Elmo's mom Mae, too)
March, 2020: Wrote my second episode of DONKEY HODIE
March 25, 2020: Recorded another Airwick demo from home, thanks to Source-Connect
March 24, 2020: Recorded an Airwick demo from home, thanks to Source-Connect
January 13 - March 6, 2020: Shot season 51 of SESAME STREET
November, 2019 - March, 2020: Worked (sporadically) on DONKEY HODIE for Spiffy Pictures and Fred Rogers Productions
February, 2020: Wrote an episode of DONKEY HODIE (and joined the WGAE!)
December 18, 2019: Performed with the SESAME gang on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON
December 4, 2019: Voiced a character in a fun animated pilot that I cannot name right now
November 28, 2019: Performed once again on the SESAME STREET float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 25, 2019: Voiced another demo for Airwick
November 24, 2019: Hosted the SESAME STREET: LOST AND FOUND panel at the Museum of the Moving Image
November 18-December 13, 2019: Worked on a new Sesame project for HBO Max THE NOT-TOO-LATE SHOW WITH ELMO
November 10, 2019: Hosted the SESAME STREET: THE PREMIERE panel at the Museum of the Moving Image
October 29, 2019: Fretted and sweated as my beloved husband Craig Shemin went through (and survived through and thrived through!) quadruple bypass surgery
October 20, 2019: Was a panelist in I ONLY HAVE LIES FOR YOU at the Laurie Beechman Theatre
October 16, 2019: Booked a demo for Mayzent
October 16, 2019: Performed a voice in a Macy's holiday spot
September 23, 2019: Voiced some more Airwick TV spots
March 26, 2019 - September 20, 2019: Shot Season One of HELPSTERS
May 30, 2019: Voiced some more Airwick TV spots
May 16, 2019: Worked (briefly) on SESAME STREET's 50th anniversary special
April 19, 2019: Voiced a Garnier Internet spot
March 25, 2019: Announced HELPSTERS at the Apple Livestream (but could not say that I did until now)
March 18, 2019: Voiced another Garnier Olia TV spot
March 13, 2019: Voiced some more Airwick TV spots
Late February, 2019: embarked on a new adventure which involves many non-disclosure agreements started preproduction fun on HELPSTERS
February 28, 2019: Voiced another Garnier Olia TV spot
February 6 & 13, 2019: Voiced some Airwick TV spots
February 4. 2019: Played several characters in SEEING RED, as part of the Theatre Resources Unlimited readings series
January 31, 2019: Recorded a couple of Visible Verizon radio commercials
January 14, 2019: Recorded a song demo for David Gursky, Rob Cary & Amy Young
January 12, 2019: Participated in an AVENUE Q panel at BroadwayCon
January 11, 2019: Chatted with Dan Pardo about "There's a Fine, Fine Line" for Episode 33 of PARDO'S WORLD
January, 2019: A couple of Sesame thingys
October 15 - December 14, 2018: Shot Season 50 of SESAME STREET
November 14, 2018: My first NATURE CAT episode, "Imperfect Produce" (the first animated script I ever wrote), premiered on PBS
November 10, 2018: Performed two songs in 54 SINGS BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS at Feinstein's/54 Below
October 3, 2018: Recorded a radio spot for Sutter Health
September, 2018: A few more nice little voice gigs: an Entyvio demo, a Subway radio spot and five more CVS radio spots
September 13, 2018: Participated in a WOMEN IN PUPPETRY Forum at the University of Connecticut's Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
August, 2018: A few nice little voice gigs: a CVS radio spot, a Garnier VO demo, and a couple of Airwick VO demos
July 30, 2018: Performed in two AVENUE Q 15th Anniversary concerts at Feinstein's/54 Below
July 27, 2018: Sang "Mix Tape" (with John Tartaglia) in a cameo appearance for a special 15th anniversary performance of AVENUE Q
July 20 & 26, 2018: Sang "There's a Fine, Fine Line" in a cameo appearance for a special 15th anniversary performance of AVENUE Q
July 18-19, 2018: Did some down-n-dirty puppetry (but not the voice) for something that hasn't aired yet THE DAILY SHOW'S "Deregulation Station" sketch with the great Ronny Chieng
June, 2018: This & that but nothing to write home about
May, 2018: Did a few little miscellaneous voice gigs, includng a Humira VO demo and a Garnier VO demo
May 31, 2018: Voiced a few more guest characters for NATURE CAT
May 26, 2018: Did my 200th volunteer project for New York Cares
May 21, 2018: Performed in the fifth edition of 54 CELEBRATES THE MUPPETS at Feinstein's/54 Below
May 7, 2018: Performed in Playwright's Horizons Spring Gala honoring Bobby Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez
April 21, 2018: Performed in A STARRY NIGHT, a star-studded Northwestern University gala concert for the School of Communications
April, 2018: Voiced some Garnier TV spots
April 10 & 13, 2018: Worked on an upcoming SESAME STREET special
April 2-9, 2018: Did a fun role in a fun project that I won't mention until it airs Played Jan S. Port in THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
March, 2018: A smattering of SESAME thingys
March 3, 2018: Recorded a couple of demo songs for Samuel Carner and Derek Gregor
...along with the fabulous Andy Collopy. These guys do good stuff and I love learning and singing great new material.
February 26-28, 2018: Helped teach a puppetry workshop at Sesame Workshop alongside the great Martin P. Robinson, Matt Vogel, and Peter Linz
February, 2018: Wrote another episode of NATURE CAT
February 22, 2018: Voiced another little character for the upcoming Amazon animated series BUG DIARIES
February 2, 2018: Was a panelist on Connor Ratiff's GEORGE LUCAS TALK SHOW at UCB East
January 25, 2018: Performed in two staged readings of SEEING RED
January 9, 2018: Shot some fun little online videos for SESAME STREET
Late fall - early winter, 2018: Wrote two more episodes of NATURE CAT
October 16 - December 15, 2017: Shot Season 49 of SESAME STREET
December 1, 2017: Voiced a couple of little characters for the upcoming Amazon animated series BUG DIARIES
November 20, 2017: Performed in two performances of the fourth edition of 54 CELEBRATES THE MUPPETS at Feinstein's/54 Below
October 9, 2017: Debated the best classic Muppet Movie at a live podcast taping of WE GOT THIS! WITH MARK AND HAL at the Museum of the Moving Image
September 27, 2017: Reprised my role of Patti Miller in a live performance of SCRUBS: MY MUSICAL for Fundamental Theatre Project's "Plays, Pints & A Party"
September 16, 2017: Performed two songs in 54 SINGS BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS at Feinstein's/54 Below
September 1, 2017: Was a guest co-host on Christine Pedi's DUELING DIVAS show on Sirius XM's Broadway Channel
August 31, 2017: Did an encore of the Mae West Triptych in THE SONGS OF JOE KINOSIAN & KELLEN BLAIR at Feinstein's/54 Below
August 30, 2017: Played Rhoda Pony in an edition of VILLAIN DEBLANKS at Green Room 42
August 17, 2017: Voiced a few more guest characters (and one recurring!) for NATURE CAT
July 31-August 13, 2017: The journey of the Musicals in Mufti production of JERRY'S GIRLS at the York Theatre
July 12, 2017: Shot some fun online videos for SESAME STREET (and played Cookie Monster's mom again)
July 25, 2017: Taught Spectrum News NY1's Roger Clark how to puppeteer at the Museum of the Moving Image's new Jim Henson Exhibit
July 7, 2017: Did my 100th volunteer project for New York Cares
Most of these projects have been for the New York Public Library, God's Love We Deliver, Crossroads Community, and New York Common Pantry, among others.
July 10-30, 2017: The journey of I AM, I WILL, I DO for the New York Musicals Festival
June 12-17, 2017: Worked on the Sesame Chrysler Internet spots
June 5 & 6, 2017: Shot some fun SESAME STREET bits for YouTube
One of them was the 80s parody video in which Ms. Dawn appeared... the other is top secret and won't go live until late October (tee hee) our parody of STRANGER THINGS. Hope you enjoyed my Winona Ryder-as-Joyce impression.
May 22, 2017: Performed in BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1997-2006 at The Town Hall
If you didn't know or hear about this, it's because I was a last-minute replacement with less than 36 hours' notice.
May 21, 2017: Performed a Sesame Street Muppet Penguin for LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER
It's been a year and a half since I last walked into their studio, and yet I was welcomed as warmly and joyfully as always. I love that place.
May 8, 2017: Performed in the third edition of 54 CELEBRATES THE MUPPETS at Feinstein's/54 Below
April 4, 2017: Performed in 54 SINGS IRVING BERLIN at Feinstein's/54 Below
March 13, 2017: Performed in the Vineyard Theatre's annual gala, honoring Kevin McCollum and celebrating ten years of [title of show]
March 11, 2017: Performed a few AVENUE Q songs and sang in the ensemble for WE NEVER DO THIS: AN EVENING WITH KRISTIN & BOBBY LOPEZ at Jazz at Lincoln Center
February 21-24, 2017: Returned to my alma mater, Northwestern University.
Taught some basics of puppetry to one class, did a presentation on how I continue to use storytelling in my work to another class, spoke to the students in the Waa-Mu class and the Plays of Suzan Zeder class, chatted with the students in the School of Communications TYA Module, and gave two firesides at the Communications Residential College. (Learned to embrace Keynote as the only way to do some of these things.)
November 24, 2016 - March 3, 2017: Created original music, wrote copy, did voiceovers, and edited it all to the stuff I shot to create several fun videos for BELOW THE FRAME (our SESAME STREET Facebook Live show hosted on Matt Vogel's Facebook page... which I also shot and did theme music for) and got hooked on GarageBand composition along the way.
January 31-March 3, 2017: Shot the rest of SESAME STREET's 48th season (with some hiatuses in there)
January 20, 2017: Performed in Scott Siegel's RETURN OF THE PROTEST SONG at the Metropolitan Room
Winter, 2017: Wrote an episode of NATURE CAT
January 12, 2017: Performed (somewhat croaky) in BROADWAY ORIGINALS at Feinstein's/54 Below
December 13, 2016: Recorded my first adult audiobook! the audiobook for JUROR #3, a James Patterson Bookshot
Sadly, it looks like it won't be released until March 19, 2018.
October 31 - December 9, 2016: Shot part of Season 48 of SESAME STREET
December 4, 2016: Sang in two performances of the I LOVE YOU BECAUSE 10th ANNIVERSARY REUNION CONCERT at Feinstein's/54 Below
November 28, 2016: Performed in SONGBOOK: BROADWAY'S FUTURE for Kellen Blair & Joe Kinosian at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center
November 20, 2016: Presented THE MUPPET SHOW: A 40TH ANNIVERSARY MUPPETATIONAL CELEBRATIONAL, a compilation reel that I produced and edited, at the Museum of the Moving Image
November 19, 2016: Performed two songs in 54 BELOW SINGS BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS VOL. 8
September 10, 2016: Presented JIM HENSON: IN PERFORMANCE, a compilation reel that I produced and edited, at the Museum of the Moving Image
Summer, 2016: Worked a few day gigs that I doubt that you will find interesting
August 28, 2016: Sang a different song in a second go-round of 54 CELEBRATES THE MUPPETS
August 14, 2016: Presented FROM SAM & FRIENDS TO STARDOM: A KERMIT KOMPILATION, a compilation reel that I produced and edited, at the Museum of the Moving Image
July 12, 2016: Did a guest voiceover for NATURE CAT
July 11, 2016: Sang a song in 54 CELEBRATES THE MUPPETS
May 2 - June 24, 2016: Shot Season One of JULIE'S GREENROOM for Netflix
May 7, 2016: Performed two songs in 54 BELOW SINGS BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS VOL. 5
March 14 - April 28, 2016: Shooting SESAME STREET's 47th season
April 19, 2016: Participated in a Salon panel about theatre for Northwestern University alumni
April 8, 2016: Did a guest voiceover for a new Nickelodeon animated show
March 12, 2016: Performed in BROADWAY BACK TOGETHER: AVENUE Q at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Apologies to those who attended… I was battling bronchitis in the days leading up to this show. I barely made it through the night and about 20 minutes after the show ended, I lost my voice completely.
February 20, 2016: Performed two songs in 54 BELOW SINGS BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS VOL. 3
February 8, 2016: Performed two songs in TIM REALBUTO IS INAPPROPRIATE at the Cutting Room
January 27, 2016: Performed a song in two concerts HONORING BARBARA SIEGEL at the Metropolitan Room
January 24, 2016: Performed a song from FOUND as part of the "Headed For Broadway" panel at BroadwayCon
January 10, 2016: Performed in 54 SINGS SCRUBS at Feinstein's/54 Below
January, 2016: Did some more educational voiceovers for Scholastic
December 14-18, 2015: Shot some of SESAME STREET's 47th season
December 11, 2015: Performed in the second edition of THE LOVERS, THE DREAMERS AND JIM at Urban Stages as part of their Winter Rhythms Festival
December 3, 2015: Did an interesting little puppetry gig the hands of Pupazza on THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
November 26, 2015: Performed Prairie Dawn in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 22, 2015: Performed Stunk, the Steampunk Skunk mascot on the Season 2 finale of LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER
It was only about a minute in front of the camera, tops. Still, the most challenging thing I have ever done, partially due to the fact that this mascot was built/fitted for someone taller/stronger than me and there were some issues with the head.
But I’d do anything for this show, because I love it so much, and am always thrilled to be even the tiniest part of it. And I think I proved it.
November 9, 2015: Was a guest judge at TUNE IN TIME at the York Theatre
October 23, 2015: Voiced a few more characters for NATURE CAT
October 18, 2015: Co-hosted the SECOND MUPPET TRIVIA SPECTACULAR at the Museum of the Moving Image
October 15, 2015: Performed in a NAMT Cabaret slot for Kim Sherman and Darrah Cloud
Fall, 2015: Did even more educational voiceovers for Scholastic
September 20, 2015: Performed in BROADWAY BACK TO SCHOOL at Feinstein's/54 Below
Summer and Fall, 2015: Co-produced and co-edited 13 video compilation reels for the new Henson exhibit at the Center for Puppetry Arts
Late August, 2015: CHIMPY AND PANSY made their big-screen debut at the Greenville Drive-In in Greenville, NY:
This drive-in was re-opened in 2015 by our pals Dwight Grimm and Leigh Van Swall. They actually reached out to me and requested to show the episodes as part of their programming, which touches me greatly. Who wouldn’t want to have her silly monkeys be seen 35 feet high on the big screen?
August 27, 2015: Voiced even more little characters for various episodes of NATURE CAT
August 13, 2015: Voiced a bunch of radio spots for BevMo
June and July, 2015: Performed a handful of educational voiceovers for Scholastic
June 25, 2015: Voiced a radio spot for A GENTLEMEN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER ON BROADWAY
June 22, 2015: Did some puppy voices for a Nick, Jr. promo
June 8, 2015: Launched CHIMPY AND PANSY, my little animated series
May 18-22, June 1-5, 2015: Shot some more material for SESAME STREET’s 46th Season
May 25, 2015: Performed Kami and was the voice announcer at the Sesame Workshop Gala
May 10, 2015: Performed a full-body mascot of Hoots, the NSA Owl, (who wants to know whooo you’re talking to) on LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER
My first professional mascot job, and I’m lucky that it took place in a safe, loving environment.
This gig was scary and amazing and sweaty and so very, very odd; basically, just another day in the life of a working actor... for me, that is.
May 7, 2015: Performed in a special, swanky NYMF 2015 Festival Patron Preview
May 1, 2015: Performed in BOLIN, SCHMOLIN: THE SONGS OF ELI BOLIN at 54 Below
April 14, 2015 - May 1, 2015: Shooting SESAME STREET’s 46th season
April 12-13, 2015: Performed in the 24 HOUR MUSICALS at the Gramercy Theatre
Holy crap, this was so mentally exhausting, but incredibly fun. I was so lucky to get to do this for the second time.
April 2, 2015: Hosted SONGWRITER’S SALON at Times Square Arts Center for the 5th time
Early April, 2015: Spent a surprisingly small number of hours in post for that little personal project CHIMPY AND PANSY
March 30, 2015: Performed in 100 MUSICALS IN MUFTI for the York Theatre
March, 2015: Spent far fewer hours actually producing that little personal project animating CHIMPY AND PANSY
Winter, 2015: Spent a ridiculous number of hours on pre-production for a little personal project CHIMPY AND PANSY
February 22, 2015: Performed a goat puppet in the Chinese New Year segment of LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER
What a great program, chock-full of great people at every level of production. It’s an honor just to walk through the door.
February 10, 2015: Voiced a few more little characters for the new PBS animated series NATURE CAT
February 2-6, 2015: Shot some elements for SESAME STREET’s 46th season
I guess I can officially say that I am playing Prairie Dawn now. It is a bit daunting but oh, so fun.
January 26, 2015: Voiced a guest character for the new PBS animated series NATURE CAT
This is a Spiffy Pictures production, and I am thrilled to have recorded a handful of fun little characters for it so far. It’s gonna be good, and not just because Spiffy Pictures folk are the very best folk.
January 24, 2015: Did Josh Accardo’s Slam Pig Podcast, available on iTunes:
January 11, 2015: Was a guest monologist at ASSSSCAT 3000 at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre
January 8, 2015: Hosted the 6th installation of SONGWRITER’S SALON at Times Square Arts Center
December 21, 2014: Performed in the STEPHEN SCHWARTZ-A-THON at 54 Below
December 13, 2014: Performed in THE LOVERS, THE DREAMERS, AND JIM concert as part of Urban Stages' Winter Rhythms
December 4, 2014: Hosted the 5th installation of SONGWRITER’S SALON at Times Square Arts Center
My third time hosting, and this series gets better and better with each show.
December 3, 2014: Voiced a couple of demos
December 2, 2014: Voiced a few more minor characters for the same yet-to-be-announced animated show I worked on in October and November NATURE CAT.
November 27, 2014: Performed on the SESAME STREET float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
I was Prairie Dawn. It was a special day.
November 20, 2014: Performed in UNSUNG CAROLYN LEIGH VOL. 2 at 54 Below
November 9, 2014: Performed the little girl puppet from the Prison Reform segment once again, in the first season finale of LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER
Lucky, lucky, lucky me… I absolutely loved being back with those wonderful people. Thank you again, Tim Carvell and John Oliver.
November 8, 2014: Sang some “ooh-aahs” in the background of a theme song that will only be heard on an app
This is what we do, kids. This is what we do.
November 6, 2014: Hosted another installation of SONGWRITER’S SALON at Times Square Arts Center
November 3, 2014: Voiced a few more minor characters for the same yet-to-be-announced animated show I worked on in October NATURE CAT
October 30-31, 2014: Taught some puppetry and a presented a seminar about the uniqueness of creating puppet and Muppet characters at Syracuse University
October 20, 2014: Performed in LANCE AND THE LADIES at Birdland
October 15, 2014: Puppeteered (but did not voice) a couple of characters for something the non-disclosure agreement says I can’t tell you about but it’s a very small thing so don’t get all excited
October, 2014: Did a couple of little voiceovers, one for a yet-to-be announced animated show NATURE CAT
September 29-October 1, 2014: Worked on a couple of SESAME STREET thingys
Seriously, there’s no better word for these than “thingys.”
September 21, 2014: Performed in SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED at 54 Below
September 5-7, 2014: Performed a cookie in the Public Theatre’s Public Works production of A WINTER’S TALE at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park (as part of the cast of SESAME STREET)
Yes, you read that right. I performed a cookie.
September 1, 2014: Performed in Tim Realbuto’s WUNDERKIND show at the Triad
July & August, 2014: Edited some compilations for the Jim Henson Legacy / Wrote something that may never see the light of day / Aged horribly
August 28, 2014: Did voiceovers for a couple of industrials
August 7, 2014: Hosted the first ever SONGWRITER’S SALON at the new Celebrity Club Cabaret at Times Square Arts Center
July 22, 2014: Recorded another episode of WALLYKAZAM!
This time I only went “meow” and “bloop.” In the future, other people will be replaced by robots. I will be replaced by a “The Farmer Says” toy.
July 20, 2014: Performed a little girl puppet on LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER in a segment about prison reform
Not only was it an amazing experience to be a part of this show (I was already a huge fan), but everyone -- everyone -- there was so good to us. Thank you, Tim Carvell and John Oliver.
July 14, 2014: Found out I won my first writing prize since high school: a one-year subscription to New York Magazine in their biweekly competition (Competition #25)
Competition #25‘s theme was “Seuss For Our Times,” in which readers were asked for “a contemporary verse, unbound by taste, in the manner of Theodor Seuss Geisel.” My entry, which I tweeted, was:
I cannot go for drinks tonight
I cannot “throw it down”
I cannot play in any way
My mother is in town
June 11-July 13, 2014: The journey of ACADEMIA NUTS (for the New York Musical Theatre Festival)
An intense four weeks, but what a great group of people. I will miss them.
June 9, 2014: Recorded another episode of WALLYKAZAM!
Barbara the Baker returns with more lines than ever...
June 3-6, 2014: Shot a few inserts for SESAME STREET
May 4, 2014: Performed with other AVENUE Q original cast members to honor Robyn Goodman’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lortels at NYU’s Skirball Center
May 1, 2014: Did two presentational readings of HELEN OF TROY
March 3-April 19, 2014: The journey of the Off-Broadway run of GREED: A MUSICAL FOR OUR TIMES
April 16, 2014: Did a radio spot for Roundabout Theatre Company’s JUST JIM DALE
April 6-7, 2014: Performed in the 24 HOUR MUSICALS at Irving Plaza
This was an amazing, exhausting experience, and one that I can’t wait to do again.
March 23, 2014: Performed in TOO LEGIT TO QUIT 3 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre
February 24, 2014: Performed in BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: THE BROADWAY MUSICALS OF 1915-1939
I’ve always wanted to do a BROADWAY BY THE YEAR, and this was a special one to be part of.
February 12, 2014: Did another voiceover for the New York Botanical Garden
It’s the beginning of my third smash year working with them!
January 2 - February 5, 2014: The journey of the showcase run of GREED: A MUSICAL FOR OUR TIMES
January 29, 2014: Performed one of the many Muppets for the final broadcast of LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (which aired February 7, 2014)
The song was shot in several pieces, and I did a couple of little background-y, right-hand-y things, but some of it was trimmed in post, so the only thing I can say for sure that I did that made it to air was Robin* in the final shot (who was so close to the lower right edge that some TVs might not have even showed him).
By the way, that final shot (where Jimmy gets up and walks down the hallway into his future at THE TONIGHT SHOW) was done in one take, and none of us Muppet Performers knew what was happening - we’d only been told that he was getting up after the last note was sung. It was an incredible, touching moment to witness firsthand.
*I don’t think I need to say it, but you all know I do NOT voice any of these Muppet characters, yes?
January 27, 2014: Did another voiceover for Manhattan Theatre Club’s OUTSIDE MULLINGAR on Broadway
Congratulations to the show for all the swell notices... (I’m grateful for them, too, since it led to the second spot and another gig!)
January 7, 2014: Recorded few lines for a double episode of WALLYKAZAM!
December 19, 2013: Did a voiceover for Manhattan Theatre Club’s OUTSIDE MULLINGAR on Broadway
The VO was for the show’s commercial, not the show itself. Grammar.
December 13, 2013: Wrapped production on Season 45 of SESAME STREET
November 28, 2013: Performed on the SESAME STREET float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
This year I wiggled Bert. Sadly, I was sealed inside before Jimmy Fallon and the Roots boarded.
November 5, 2013: Did another voiceover for the New York Botanical Garden
October 20, 2013: Performed in SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED at 54 Below
October 17 & 18, 2013: Performed in presentations of COME FROM AWAY at NAMT
You will be hearing about this show someday. It is so special.
September 30, 2013: Started production on Season 45 of SESAME STREET
September 26-27, 2013: Shot some more Crumby Pictures Presents inserts for SESAME STREET
September 25, 2013: Did another voiceover for the New York Botanical Garden
August 21, 2013: Recorded another episode of WALLYKAZAM! as the same character I did in May. Still teeny, but still fun. I also meowed a little in it, but that’s just a regular day for me.
July 24, 2013: Voiced an Internet spot for Geico
July 21, 2013: Was part of a San Diego Comic Con panel that followed the world premiere of SCOOBY DOO ADVENTURES: THE MYSTERY MAP
The panel and screening and signing were a blast.
BUT - I never figured out how to get one of those cool WB bags, and the 1966 Batusi figure from Mattel was long sold out, so my husband was ultimately let down. Things were looking up when I passed Nathan Fillion, but all I could do was shout out “howdy! I enjoy your work, sir!”
I think I failed Comic Con.
June 24, 2013: Voiced a radio spot for Chase
June 12, 2013: Performed in KAPOW!, a one-night presentational reading of two chapters of the 1940s comic book “The Green Lama” with Sympho at the Rubin Museum
It’s always fun to play clueless thugs and loud little 1940s kids... but it was really lovely to share the stage with the incredible Sympho musicians, as well as Eliiott Forrest, Linus Roache, Max Gordon Moore, Sonam Wangdue, and the great Tony Roberts.
Late April-May 2013: Worked on a handful of various SESAME STREET inserts here and there
May 13, 2013: Recorded a eensy-teensy (but fun) character for one episode of the new Nickelodeon series WALLYKAZAM!
May 9, 2013: Did another voiceover for the New York Botanical Garden
May 4, 2013: Performed in a benefit for Zani’s Furry Friends at Birdland
May 2, 2013: Voiced two radio spots for Emipre City Casino
Mid-January to late March, 2013: Made a 2D stop-motion video for my pals The Mighty Weaklings
It was my first venture into animation (other than playing with the stop-motion kiosks at the Museum of the Moving Image) and it was the first video project I’d conceived, directed, and fully executed since college. .
I might do another one tomorrow, or never again.
March 18, 2013: Performed in the Vineyard Theatre’s Gala at the Edison Ballroom
It was fantastic and very special to have a little AVENUE Q reunion the night before our 10th anniversary of our Vineyard opening.
March 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2013: Performed in THE AMANDA MCBROOM PROJECT at the Laurie Beechman
March 15, 2013: Joined Twitter (@DAbruzzoTweets)
Oh, shut up.
February 26, 2013: Did another voiceover for the New York Botanical Garden
February 17, 2013: Was the announcer for the Writer’s Guild Awards in New York
February 13, 2013: Did a chamber reading of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at a private Manhattan club
January 14-18, 2013 and December 16-21, 2012: Worked on a super-fun, super-secret puppet shoot in Chicago all-puppet version of Scooby Doo, called SCOOBY DOO ADVENTURES: THE MYSTERY MAP.
One word: VELMA.
January 6, 2013: Co-hosted SALON at Etcetera Etcetera
December 14, 2012: Wrapped production on SESAME STREET’S 44th season
November 25, 2012: Performed in SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED at 54 Below
November 22, 2012: Performed on the SESAME STREET float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 7, 2012: Did another voiceover for the New York Botanical Garden
October 25, 2012: Did a benefit reading of an adaptation of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at the Society of the Colonial Dames
October 18, 2012: Voiced a couple more characters for the videogame I recorded in March Bioshock Infinite
And I got to violently die again! But less.
October 3, 2012: Did another voiceover for the New York Botanical Garden
September 10, 2012: Started taping the second half of Season 43 and all of Season 44 of SESAME STREET
September 10, 2012: Performed at the National Asian American Theatre Company’s concert honoring Alan Muraoka
July 21-September 1, 2012: The adventure of LOVE AND REAL ESTATE in the Summer Shorts 2012 Festival
August 10, 2012: Performed in a reading/workshop of AMANDINE
July 29, 2012: Performed in 3 CHOICES AWAY benefit for METHTACULAR!
June 21, 2012: Shot some more material for an upcoming SESAME STREET interactive product
Late May, 2012: Assistant puppeteer for 11 days of SESAME STREET “Word on the Street” inserts
We were on location all around New York City, and I will never forget the day we found ourselves huddling under the Washington Square Arch, shooting with torrential downpours surrounding us. It was a twisted kind of fun.
May 10, 2012: Performed in BROADWAY BALLYHOO at Feinstein’s at the Regency
May 3, 2012: Did another voiceover for New York Botanical Garden
Late April, 2012: Shot some SESAME STREET bits
April 14, 2012: Performed in JIM HENSON’S MUSICAL WORLD at Carnegie Hall
There are no words to describe how amazing it is to be onstage at Carnegie Hall with Muppets, Fraggles, the Sesame Street cast and puppets, Rachel Dratch, Paul Williams, Johnny T, and the New York Pops... and to get to play with all my pals as a live performer, a puppeteer, and a fake violinist.
what have I been up to?