The Cast & Creators

The Cast & Creators

Creators

Martin P. Robinson

Martin P. Robinson

Producer, Writer, Director

MARTIN P. ROBINSON (Producer, writer, director) is a professional puppeteer since 1975 and has worked with some of the most interesting companies in his travels. He learned his craft performing marionettes with Bil Baird and toured the country with Nicolo Marionettes. He has been a featured performer on Sesame Street since 1981, learning at the right hand (literally) of the greats including Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and Jerry Nelson. He designed, built, coordinated and performed in the Nickelodeon show “Allegra’s Window,” performed the “Cat in the Hat” in “Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss,” and spent five seasons on the British satire “Spitting Image.” He performed in five Muppet related feature films including animatronics for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.

Martin is best known for his work on the original 1982 production of “Little Shop of Horrors” and the Broadway revival in 2003 in which he designed, coordinated construction and performed the carnivorous plant Audrey II. He created the signature frog for Susan Stroman and Stephen Sondheim’s production of Nathan Lane’s “Frogs” at Lincoln Center. He also created and directed puppets for three productions at Carnegie Hall.

He has been on staff at the National Puppetry Conference for over two decades where he produced his first full-length production, “Jackstraws in a Wind Tunnel,” as well as a cracked musical parody “Pigeon Holed,” and a pivotal scene from “All Hallows Eve.” He also wrote and directed two dark-themed puppet films as an instructor, one of which, “The Bottlestopper Project: Tales from the Dutch Tavern,” is currently on tour with Heather Henson’s Puppets on Film Series. As a member of the Conference’s staff, he conceived and implemented the “Puppet Anarchy” course.

Martin has also been a master teacher for Sesame Street International helping cast and train puppeteers in co-productions around the world. For more information visit: www.MartinPRobinson.com.

Paul Rudolph

Paul Rudolph

Composer

PAUL RUDOLPH (composer): Paul Rudolph is a composer, arranger, instrument builder, and vocal music director/recordist for “Sesame Street”, where he received Emmy nominations for Music Direction in 2009 and 2013. He attended the University of Illinois for an M.S. in Music Composition. Paul’s passion for music composition melds into the “found-object” instrument realm, where he designs/builds musical oddities from industrial materials such as saw blades, artillery shells, and motorcycle gears. These instruments are a key element of the music in his percussion performance art group GLANK, and some were featured in excerpts of Martin Robinson’s Halloween Project at the O’Neill Puppetry Conference in 2013. PaulRudolphMusic.com

STATEMENT BY COMPOSER PAUL RUDOLPH

I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough when Marty asked me to work on All Hallows Eve. His incredible writing, innate sense of direction, and out-and-out “out-there-ness” truly inspire me. The direction Marty has given to me is really fun to compose for: a gothic-rock-opera and underscore of dialogue with other-worldly sounds. The live ensemble includes a rhythm section at its core, plus additional sonorities from pipe organ, low woodwinds, cello, unique GLANK instruments, and atmospheric sounds. The live vocals are affected as well, to give them another layer of disturbed-ness. And Marty’s vision of using a band on stage as part of the performance is a gift to a composer as well: I relish the thought of allowing the audience to see the direct interaction of musicians and on-stage performers.

Jean Marie Keevins

Jean Marie Keevins

Producer

JEAN MARIE KEEVINS: Jean Marie Keevins is a producer, puppet artist, and writer. She is the lead producer for NY Times “Critic’s Picks,” The Flatiron Hex and the Executive Producer for Heather Henson & Ty Defoe’s Crane. She writes original works with her collaborators for Little Shadow Productions. Some of the groups that she’s worked with include Puppet Heap, The Muppets, “The Daily Show,” “Funny or Die” and Avenue Q. LittleShadowProductions.com

Annie Evans

Annie Evans

Producer, Dramaturg

ANNIE EVANS (Producer, Dramaturg): Her television work includes: Sesame Street (PBS, 13 Emmy Awards, Aurora Award), Oswald the Octopus (Nickelodeon), Once Upon a Tree (PBS, Discovery), Big Bag (Cartoon Network), Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (Nickelodeon), Out of the Box (Disney Channel), Jojo’s Circus (Disney Channel), Pinky Dinky Doo (Noggin), Pocoyo (Granada TV) P. King Duckling (Little Airplane Productions) and currently Pinkalicious (WGBH). She was the story editor for Sisumpur (Bangladesh Sesame Street), Galli Galli Sim Sim (India Sesame Street) and Jalan Sesama (Indonesian Sesame Street). She has written and story edited Sesame Street stage musicals for Sesame Street Live, Sesame Place, SeaWorld, Busch Garden, Beaches, Universal Studios, and for touring companies in Germany, the Netherlands, China, Australia, and Singapore. Other plays have been produced at such theatres as Actors Theatre of Louisville, Manhattan Class Company, New York Stage and Film Company, Circle Repertory Company and The Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, among others. Her play Ghost Stories is published by Samuel French and has been produced around the world. Funny Girls Coping with Boys and She Speaks, collections of one-act plays, are available online and three of her monologues are published in Heinemann Press anthologies. Her piece Sleepwalking was turned into a radio play and performed on WPLR in New York. She received a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and two fellowships to the MacDowell Colony. For many years, Annie was the Literary Manager and produced a year-round reading series for New York Stage and Film Company. She has taught at Gotham Writers Workshop, The National Puppetry Conference and internationally for Sesame Street in Mexico, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, South Africa and Northern Ireland. She has also been a consultant for UNICEF teaching children’s television writing to producers and writers in India.   Annie is a graduate of Brown University. www.Funnygirlscopingwithboys.com, www.Annieevans.com.

Cast

Jennifer Barnhart

Jennifer Barnhart

Jennifer Barnhart was an original cast member of Avenue Q on Broadway. Other favorite stage roles include Lady Macbeth, General, Veronica in God of Carnage and the Angel in Angels in America. TV credits include Sesame Street, Julie’s Greenroom, Between the Lions, Law & Order: SVU and House of Cards.
Tyler Bunch

Tyler Bunch

Tyler has been working as a professional performer based in NYC for the last 25 years (living in CT since 2000.) His career has seen him in regional theater, off-Broadway, the small screen, the silver screen and now digital screens as a puppeteer, actor/singer, and voice artist (search for him on IMDB). You can binge Mr. Bunch’s most recent work on Netflix as Hugo in Julie’s Greenroom and on Amazon Prime as Stosh in The Tick.

Aubrey Clinedinst

Aubrey Clinedinst

Aubrey Clinedinst is a clown and puppeteer whose professional credits include works with Dario Fo, The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, and Payomet Performing Arts Circus Cape. Most recently, Aubrey was an artist-in-residence at Surel’s Place in Boise, Idaho. Aubrey holds an MFA in Physical Theatre from the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. This is the third go around for Aubrey and All Hallows Eve, and she is beyond thrilled to be involved again.
Austin Michael Costello

Austin Michael Costello

Austin Michael Costello is a Puppet Artist from Long Island.  Costello received his BFA in Puppet Arts from The University of Connecticut’s Puppet Arts Program in 2015 and he has since gone on to work for Puppet Kitchen’s monthly Monitor Night, in The Jim Henson Company’s New York Shop and Archives, and as an assistant puppeteer on Sesame Street.  He currently works at the Long Island Children’s Museum Theater as the Resident Puppet Artist.
Sam Jay Gold

Sam Jay Gold

Sam Jay Gold is a theater artist and puppeteer. As a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, he trained in traditional forms of puppetry around the world. Recent credits include: Up and Away (Lincoln Center), Fall of The House of Usher (MASS MoCA), and Echo in Camera (International Tour). Sam is co-founder of The Brothers Čampur, an Indonesian-American shadow puppet company, and is a current Lab Artist at St. Ann’s Puppet Lab. www.samgolddoesstuff.com
Haley Jenkins

Haley Jenkins

Haley Jenkins (Eve) is excited to put her puppets down and pick up a trick-or-treat bag for All Hallow’s Eve!  Fav credits include: Sesame Street,  SNL,  Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Pee-wee Herman Show  (Original B’way Cast), Last Week Tonight, John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean, and The Center for Puppetry Art’s  Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.  Her best Halloween costume was herself as Roomba-Cat. 

Spencer Lott

Spencer Lott

Spencer Lott is a maker, writer, and puppeteer based in Brooklyn. His puppetry credits include A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (starring Tom Hanks), Sesame Street, and more. His original play Blossom (“vivid”, “lovely, aching scenes…” – Village Voice) premiered at Dixon Place in 2016. Lott is currently a resident artist at HERE Arts, collaborating with visual artist Maiko Kikuchi. He is the Associate Artistic Director of Trusty Sidekick Theater Company (NYC). www.misterlott.com
Paul McGinnis

Paul McGinnis

Paul has puppeteered for Sesame Street, The Muppets, Crank Yankers, Julie’s Greenroom, NBC’s The Wiz Live!, The Happytime Murders, IFC’s Greg the Bunny, SNL, Colbert, John Oliver, Jimmy Fallon, The West Wing, Portlandia, Crash & Bernstein, and other neat stuff. Paul manipulated Audrey II for the first Broadway tour of Little Shop of Horrors, and the life-size dinosaurs for Walking With Dinosaurs. He also has a super fun YouTube channel where you can see videos of his original work! www.youtube.com/PaulMcGinnisPuppetry

Kaitee Tredway

Kaitee Tredway

Kaitee Tredway is a puppeteer, theater maker, and kickboxer.  She has performed in Boston as an actor, puppeteer and historical interpreter. She is no stranger behind the scenes, having been a costume designer and fight choreographer. After puppeteering Audrey II in her high school production of Little Shop of Horrors, she told her parents, “One day I’m going to work with Martin Robinson.”  Thanks to all who made “one day” happen. www.puppetandcircumstance.com

Designers

Alex Jainchill

Alex Jainchill

Lighting Designer

Alex Jainchill is a freelance lighting designer based in Brooklyn, New York. Recent credits include: Mankind (Playwrights Horizons), MacBeth (Denver Theatre Center for Performing Arts). He was the Associate Lighting Designer on two Broadway shows: Old Times (Roundabout Theatre) and Significant Other (Booth Theatre). He was the Associate Lighting Designer for the world premier of Dear Evan Hansen. You can find out more about his work at AlexJainchill.com.