Ariel Lauryn and Michael Schupbach

Ariel Lauryn and Michael Schupbach

Self PortraitMichael Schupbach is a proud alumnus of Jim Henson’s Muppet Workshop. He has designed and built puppets for both children’s television programs and Tony Award-winning theatrical productions. He is the proud owner of four Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on Sesame Street. Mr. Schupbach constructed and/or performed puppets for Little Shop of Horrors on Broadway, Avenue Q, Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning Playhouse Disney series Bear in the Big Blue House, the Disneyland stage show Bear in the Big Blue House Live, IFC’s Greg the Bunny, Noggin’s interactive series Play with Me Sesame, and Universal Studios’ Sesame Street in 4-D. He holds a degree from Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey’s Clown College as well as a B.A. in Education with a concentration in Children’s Television from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

ariel.lauryn_1440547268_51Ariel Lauryn is an actor-creator-adventurer-physical comedian-teacher-writer…and puppeteer…yeah, that about covers it. She still cannot believe that she gets to work with Puppet Kitchen Productions from time to time (which is how and why she came to NYC a year ago–you can thank them).  Outside of puppetry, she is an Associate Artist with Built4Collapse and LES Shakespeare, with whom she performs and collaborates, and co-artistic director of AriLu Productions, developing a two-woman dark physical comedy farce to be a part of Sinkingship Production’s Flint and Tinder in May 2016.  And beware–she is trying her had and writing a screwball webseries that will film (fingers crossed) early next year.  MFA Dell’Arte International ’14. www.ariellauryn.com