As a child, my first desire to perform was inspired by Jim Henson’s Muppets via Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. I fondly recall my Sesame Street LP on heavy rotation on our cabinet stereo. The Muppets provided a window to a world of creativity that sparked my young imagination so, naturally, my first career aspiration was to be a puppeteer. At 11 years old, I performed my first public puppet show at a local library with a menagerie of store-bought hand puppets. Around this time, I also had the opportunity to introduce my characters to a program for at-risk youth where they performed their own skits inspired by their favorite puppets.

Years went by and the puppets became less of a focus until 2006 when a random internet search turned up the professional puppet patterns from Project Puppet. I, then, began building original puppet characters of my own. By 2012, my puppet company Up In Arms was launched with our anti-bullying program Helping Drew. The company has been growing since, traveling nationally with our educational and family-friendly programming.

I’m looking forward to all the creative adventures that include my puppets and puppeteering with Up In Arms. It’s an inspiring art form that appeals to children and grown-ups alike. Join Up In Arms on Facebook and Instagram as well.