Puppet Tears: Puppetry Shop Talk

Puppet Tears: Puppetry Shop Talk

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June 24, 2020 92 min

Back for a THIRD time to help us celebrate two years and 50 episodes of Puppet Tears, we have the one and only Jim Kroupa! Jim is a life-long puppet artist, best known for his mastery of puppet mechanics, performing Batley on Eureeka's Castle, and designing and/or building characters for iconic TV programs like Whimzy's House, Between the Lions, and The Book of Pooh. Most recently, he can be found performing in Sesame Works...

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Another world, another time - in the age of wonder... Beccy Henderson decided she would become a puppeteer. Beccy is the incredibly talented performer behind Deet in Netflix's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, and also appeared in Pajanimals, That Puppet Game Show, and Wildwoods. She also appears as a human actor in another Netflix series, Derry Girls. We talk to Beccy about her journey from an early fan of creature movies l...

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We're finishing up Fan Appreciation Month with an incredible visit from our friend Martin Robinson. Martin is the legendary puppeteer you know from Sesame Street, Little Shop of Horrors, and the new show from Sesame Workshop and Apple TV+ Helpsters where he performs Mr. Primm. His Halloween-horror musical-comedy All Hallows Eve had its first off Broadway run last October.

As a returning guest, Martin catches up on various ...

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This episode is sure to have a lot of Heart ... 's performer from Apple TV+'s Helpster - Ingrid Hansen! Ingrid is an incredibly talented Canadian puppeteer who has performed on programs such as Tiga Talk, Miss Persona, and Princess Sparkly Butt and the Hot Dog Kid. She is also the founder of SNAFU Dance Theatre and leads theater programs for incarcerated people in a Canadian prison system.

We'll talk with Ingrid ab...

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What does Star Wars, Star Trek, Gremlins, and The Muppets all have in common? The inspired influence of this week's guest Kirk Thatcher! Kirk is a prolific creator, writer, designer, director behind Dinosaurs, The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell, and a whole slew of Muppet projects like Muppet Treasure Island, A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, and the upcoming Muppets Now coming this summer to Disney+.

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Pam Arciero returns to Puppet Tears for an exciting part-two of our ongoing conversation (plus our first guest interview during shelter-in-place). Pam is the veteran Muppet performer best known for her role as Grundgetta Grouch, and is also Artistic Director of the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.

As our second returning guest, Pam catches us up on what effects COVID-19 is having on this year&...

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Desperate times continue! Our month of quarantine shows continues with our co-host Adam Kreutinger in the hot seat. Adam is an art teacher and is best known in the puppet community for his weekly YouTube tutorials, creating puppets for screen and stage productions, and live performances throughout Buffalo, NY with The Nimalz puppetry troupe.

Cam talks with Adam about growing up as the second oldest of nine children, discovering a l...

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April 8, 2020 89 min

#GraphicDesign #Puppetry #Podcast Desperate times call for desperate measures. Since Adam and Cam are trapped in their houses for the time being, they're doing some navel-gazing and interviewing each other! So this week's guest is Cameron Garrity, best known for his TEDxBuffalo presentation The Power of Puppetry, his theater pieces surrounding patient advocacy called Sanity Intact, and for his work as a graphic design - oft...

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March 25, 2020 86 min
What does the occult, a talking tongue, and children's television all have in common? This week's guest, James Godwin! Our friend and mentor James is the brilliant mind behind the one-man performances Lunatic Cunning and The Flatiron Hex. He's has worked as a puppet builder and on programs such as The Book of Pooh, Big Big World, Chapelle's Show, Oobi, and many more. He is also a performance coach for the National ...
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March 11, 2020 52 min

Have you ever heard of Antron Fleece? If you're a long-time audience member of Puppet Tears, you probably have... Well, this week our guest is Laurie Nickerson - the Dye Master behind Puppet Pelts - who's here to talk all things textiles as we do a deep-dive into Antr-errr-*NYLON* fleece. We'll discuss how Laurie and her mom came to lead the charge of ensuring puppeteers have the highest-quality materials to build their...

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Have you been working on a puppet show and are looking to take it to the next level? Are you hoping to premier your work in a formal theater space? Most importantly - do you need additional funding to make all of this happen? Then you're going to LOVE this conversation with z Briggs, Manager of The Jim Henson Foundation - the grant making institution with a mission of supporting excellence in puppetry. We talk to z about the pr...

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February 13, 2020 77 min

We're celebrating Valentine's Day with two guests AND a guest host! Join two puppetry power couples Derek and Lauren Lux as they chat with Adam and his wife Maria Kreutinger. Derek and Lauren are Las Vegas performers who own and operate DLUX Entertainment and have created multi-media adaptations of Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.

Together they'll discuss the highs and lows of a life in the puppet world, working in t...

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January 29, 2020 73 min

This week on Puppet Tears we're talking to Terry Angus, an incredible puppeteer and builder best known for his work on Fraggle Rock, Blizzard Island, and designing the Muppet Master Replica photo puppets. Terry continues to build for the Canadian series M I Understanding and perform his signature character Butch G. Cat, which he created in 1988.

We pour over Terry's incredible career -- from recreating the Muppets' mos...

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Our next guest is one half to the dynamic duo behind Getting Felt Up: A Puppetry Podcast with Dan and Nate - Dan Becker! In addition to his contributions to the world of puppet podcasts, Dan has performed in John Tartaglia's ImagineOcean and constructed puppets for stage throughout Pennsylvania. Fans may also recognize him from his YouTube channel where, as Disney Dan, he explores the history and news about all things Disney, L...

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December 18, 2019 94 min
We're closing out 2019 with a very special neighbor... Mister Spencer Lott! Spencer is an accomplished performer, builder, writer, and director best known for his role as Samuel, Julia's brother on Sesame Street. He was the lead puppeteer and builder on the new film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers.

Spencer talks to us all about taking puppets out of their glass cases in order to creat...
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December 8, 2019 31 min

We wanted to share our special from January 2019 where we celebrated Caroll Spinney, who died Sunday at the age of 85. Puppet Tears' very first 'Very Special Special' honors the work of Caroll Spinney, the legendary puppeteer behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, who retired in October. This episode compiles video tributes, letters, fan art, and photos from viewers of all stripes and feathers. Thank ...

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December 4, 2019 70 min
If you've ever tried to buy a puppet online, chances are you've seen the work of this week's guest - Steve Axtell. Steve is a performer, animator, voice artist, inventor, and entrepreneur whose company Axtell Expressions provides professional innovations to help you entertain the world. His creations are used by the likes of Derek Lux, Darci Lynn, Terry Fator, and Shaquille O'Neill.

Steve is here to take us on a...
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November 13, 2019 88 min

We're not sure if you've heard... but Sesame Street is celebrating a pretty significant milestone this month. As the show marks its 50th anniversary, we're talking to Carmen Osbahr, the puppeteer behind Rosita and Ovejita who has been a Muppet performer for over 30 years.

Tune in as we discuss Carmen's coming of age as a television puppeteer in Mexico City, Mexico, her mentorship under Kermit Love, and finding her v...

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October 30, 2019 109 min

Brace yourself, friends because this episode's about to face-slam you right in the puppet brains! Our guest is none other than Tim Lagasse, who you'll recognize as the Crash on Disney XD's Crash & Bernstein, Mr. Cook on Nick Jr.'s Allegra's Window, and many, many more. You can see his work on the new Apple TV+ series Heplsters, where he performs the character Scatter and is the puppet captain for the sho...

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October 16, 2019 110 min
This week on Puppet Tears we're talking to Steve Whitmire, one of the Muppet world's living legends, best known for performing Kermit the Frog, Ernie, Beaker after the deaths of Jim Henson and Richard Hunt, as well as originating his own characters Rizzo the Rat, Wembly Fraggle, Bean Bunny, and many more! Steve is now launching a live web show called Cave In, which is his first major puppet forget following his firing fr...
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