Friday, March 4, 2016

Creator Callout: John Tartaglia

We are thrilled that John Tartaglia is voicing Cosmo, and doing the live puppeteering of Cosmo's puppet Gus!

John is an Emmy Award, Tony Award, and Drama Desk Award nominated actor, puppeteer, and producer known to millions of fans around the world as "Johnny" from Disney's hit television series Johnny and the Sprites, which he created and produced.

He has been working professionally as a puppeteer since he was just 16 years old when he joined Sesame Street (the youngest puppeteer in the show’s history). In his memorable Broadway debut, John became a force in the theater world by originating the roles of "Princeton" and "Rod" in his Tony-nominated performance in Avenue Q. His other Broadway credits include originating the role of "Pinocchio" in Shrek The Musical, and playing "Lumiere" in Beauty and the Beast.

John is active as a director in New York, and has produced several projects through his company Gables Grove Productions, Inc. John created, produced, wrote, and voiced five of the lead characters in the Off-Broadway sensation John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean which went on from New York City to tour nationally and internationally, including more than 40 U.S. cities, Guatemala, and Singapore. Most recently, John has created SPLASH, a new kids show produced by The Jim Henson Company, which is coming soon to PBS Kids!

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