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Puppet Building and Performance Workshop!

September 23, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Join us as we make a Sweatshirt Sheep! Full supply list will be sent upon registration. If you are ordering supplies online, please, do so soon in order to ensure delivery in time for this event. Please, note: you will need an old sweatshirt or similar that you are ok cutting up. 

When? Wednesday, September 23rd – 5 pm PT | 8 pm ET

How? Via Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent days before the event. 

Price? This event is free for CMA Members and $10 for non-members. 

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About Our Speakers

John E. Kennedy (Host) is a lifelong puppeteer who began performing at age three and met and worked with Jim Henson at the age of 22.  He has been a member of Sesame Street since 1994, and currently performs The Amazing Mumford, a character originated by Jerry Nelson. John has also been a Muppet performer on projects such as Dinosaurs, Muppets From Space, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, and The Muppets Take the O2. He has authored two puppet-making books (Puppet Mania and Puppet Planet), and has been a puppet captain, a choreographer, and a musician.  
As a puppet builder, Kennedy has represented Jim Henson’s exhibits around the world with his puppet kits; he has also instructed young puppeteers on cruises, camps, and festivals.  His company, Hands In Art, Inc., creates puppets for TV series, theme parks , and commercials in Orlando, Florida where he also writes and performs music with his band, Johnny K Band.  


Noel MacNeal launched his career on Sesame Street, where he honed his craft with puppetry legends Jim Henson and Frank Oz. He’s been a principal performer on such shows as Eureeka’s CastleOobi, and Between the Lions.

Noel was “Bear,” the gentle and lovable star of the Emmy Award-winning series Disney’s Bear in the Big Blue House and its spin-off series Breakfast with Bear, and received a Daytime Emmy Nomination as “Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series.” He is also a writer, director, producer, and author of the how-to books “Ten Minute Puppets” and “BOX.” Noel is also the resident puppeteer for the HBO series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. And Noel’s currently developing “THE SHOW ME SHOW,” to be a series for kids with autism & special needs. You can watch some of the videos at “THE SHOW ME SHOW Channel” on YouTube. As well as being a director, writer, & producer, Noel also has his own podcast, “NOEL’S BOOKNOOK,” reading classic fairy tales, poems, and short stories.

Noel lives in Brooklyn with his wife, New York Times best-selling novelist Susan Elia MacNeal, (of the “Maggie Hope Mysteries” from Random House) and 15-year-old son, Matt (a budding performer and proud nerd). 


Donna Kimball has actively worked as a puppeteer for 25 years and is the new Mokey in the reboot of The Jim Henson Company’s FRAGGLE ROCK (AppleTV). Other Henson credits include EARTH TO NED (Disney+), WORD PARTY (Netflix), SPLASH & BUBBLES (PBS), SID THE SCIENCE KID (PBS), PAJANIMALS (Universal Kids/NBC), the puppet improv show PUPPET UP!, and she was the voice of Aughra in DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE (Netflix). Her work with Sid & Marty Krofft Productions includes MUTT & STUFF (Nick Jr.), SIGMUND AND THE SEA MONSTERS (Amazon), and she is the new voice of H.R. PUFNSTUF’s beloved character Freddie the Flute. She was a writer for WORD PARTY and the animated Henson series FRIENDZSPACE, and has created the upcoming web series GLOP! GLORIOUS LADIES OF PUPPETRY.


September 23, 2020
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
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