Ariel Lauryn, Jake Bazel, Kayla Prestel & Weston Long

Ariel Lauryn, Jake Bazel, Kayla Prestel & Weston Long

Weston Chandler Long: Off-B’way: The Very Hungry Caterpillar ShowThat Golden Girls Show. Nat’l Tour: John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean. New York: Reusable the Musical, Luna’s Sea. Puppetry training from Sesame Workshop. www.WestonLong.com

Jake Bazel: TV: Sesame Street (Seasons 46 & 48), Monica’s Mixing Bowl (Utility Puppeteer), Going Up? (Lead Puppeteer). Off-Broadway: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show (Caterpillar Puppeteer, Drama Desk nomination), Evergreen (Prospect Theater Co). National Tour: Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Live! (1st Nat’l, Swing). New York & Regional: The Halloween Project (O’Neill Theater Center, dir. Martin P. Robinson), Reusable the Musical (dir. John Tartaglia). Web: Sandra Boynton’s Frog Trouble (Bunny Puppeteer), Someone Wrote That Song(Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz).

Ariel 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

Kayla Prestel is an actor, teaching artist and Pilates instructor. She has been working with puppets since 2012, beginning with a year-long apprenticeship with Touchstone Theater in Bethlehem, PA. She then began a collaboration with Mock Turtle Marionette Theater performing shadow puppetry, rod puppets and marionettes in several shows, including The Morningtime of Now which had its NYC debut at FringeNYC in 2015. Currently she is the studio manager and workshop coordinator for Puppet Kitchen Productions, Inc. and performs off-Broadway in the cast of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the Acorn Theater in Theater Row.