October 9, 2017: Debated the best classic Muppet Movie at a live podcast taping of WE GOT THIS! WITH MARK AND HAL at the Museum of the Moving Image
September 27, 2017: Reprised my role of Patti Miller in a live performance of SCRUBS: MY MUSICAL for Fundamental Theatre Project's "Plays, Pints & A Party"
September 16, 2017: Performed two songs in 54 SINGS BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS at Feinstein's/54 Below
September 1, 2017: Was a guest co-host on Christine Pedi's DUELING DIVAS show on Sirius XM's Broadway Channel
August 31, 2017: Did an encore of the Mae West Triptych in THE SONGS OF JOE KINOSIAN & KELLEN BLAIR at Feinstein's/54 Below
August 30, 2017: Played Rhoda Pony in an edition of VILLAIN DEBLANKS at Green Room 42
August 17, 2017: Voiced a few more guest characters (and one recurring!) for NATURE CAT
July 31-August 13, 2017: The journey of the Musicals in Mufti production of JERRY'S GIRLS at the York Theatre
July 12, 2017: Shot some fun online videos for SESAME STREET (and played Cookie Monster's mom again)
July 25, 2017: Taught Spectrum News NY1's Roger Clark how to puppeteer at the Museum of the Moving Image's new Jim Henson Exhibit
July 7, 2017: Did my 100th volunteer project for New York Cares
Most of these projects have been for the New York Public Library, God's Love We Deliver, Crossroads Community, and New York Common Pantry, among others.
July 10-30, 2017: The journey of I AM, I WILL, I DO for the New York Musicals Festival
June 12-17, 2017: Worked on the Sesame Chrysler Internet spots
June 5 & 6, 2017: Shot some fun SESAME STREET bits for YouTube
One of them was the 80s parody video in which Ms. Dawn appeared... the other is top secret and won't go live until late October (tee hee).
May 22, 2017: Performed in BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: 1997-2006 at The Town Hall
If you didn't know or hear about this, it's because I was a last-minute replacement with less than 36 hours' notice.
May 21, 2017: Performed a Sesame Street Muppet Penguin for LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER
It's been a year and a half since I last walked into their studio, and yet I was welcomed as warmly and joyfully as always. I love that place.
May 8, 2017: Performed in the third edition of 54 CELEBRATES THE MUPPETS at Feinstein's/54 Below
April 4, 2017: Performed in 54 SINGS IRVING BERLIN at Feinstein's/54 Below
March 13, 2017: Performed in the Vineyard Theatre's annual gala, honoring Kevin McCollum and celebrating ten years of [title of show]
March 11, 2017: Performed a few AVENUE Q songs and sang in the ensemble for WE NEVER DO THIS: AN EVENING WITH KRISTIN & BOBBY LOPEZ at Jazz at Lincoln Center
February 21-24, 2017: Returned to my alma mater, Northwestern University.
Taught some basics of puppetry to one class, did a presentation on how I continue to use storytelling in my work to another class, spoke to the students in the Waa-Mu class and the Plays of Suzan Zeder class, chatted with the students in the School of Communications TYA Module, and gave two firesides at the Communications Residential College. (Learned to embrace Keynote as the only way to do some of these things.)
November 24, 2016 - March 3, 2017: Created original music, wrote copy, did voiceovers, and edited it all to the stuff I shot to create several fun videos for BELOW THE FRAME (our SESAME STREET Facebook Live show hosted on Matt Vogel's Facebook page... which I also shot and did theme music for) and got hooked on GarageBand composition along the way.
January 31-March 3, 2017: Shot the rest of SESAME STREET's 48th season (with some hiatuses in there)
January 20, 2017: Performed in Scott Siegel's RETURN OF THE PROTEST SONG at the Metropolitan Room
January 12, 2017: Performed (somewhat croaky) in BROADWAY ORIGINALS at Feinstein's/54 Below
December 13, 2016: Recorded my first adult audiobook! the audiobook for JUROR #3, a James Patterson Bookshot
Sadly, it looks like it won't be released until March 19, 2018.
October 31 - December 9, 2016: Shot part of Season 48 of SESAME STREET
December 4, 2016: Sang in two performances of the I LOVE YOU BECAUSE 10th ANNIVERSARY REUNION CONCERT at Feinstein's/54 Below
November 28, 2016: Performed in SONGBOOK: BROADWAY'S FUTURE for Kellen Blair & Joe Kinosian at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center
November 20, 2016: Presented THE MUPPET SHOW: A 40TH ANNIVERSARY MUPPETATIONAL CELEBRATIONAL, a compilation reel that I produced and edited, at the Museum of the Moving Image
November 19, 2016: Performed two songs in 54 BELOW SINGS BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS VOL. 8
September 10, 2016: Presented JIM HENSON: IN PERFORMANCE, a compilation reel that I produced and edited, at the Museum of the Moving Image
Summer, 2016: Worked a few day gigs that I doubt that you will find interesting
August 28, 2016: Sang a different song in a second go-round of 54 CELEBRATES THE MUPPETS
August 14, 2016: Presented FROM SAM & FRIENDS TO STARDOM: A KERMIT KOMPILATION, a compilation reel that I produced and edited, at the Museum of the Moving Image
July 12, 2016: Did a guest voiceover for NATURE CAT
July 11, 2016: Sang a song in 54 CELEBRATES THE MUPPETS
May 2 - June 24, 2016: Shot Season One of JULIE'S GREENROOM for Netflix
May 7, 2016: Performed two songs in 54 BELOW SINGS BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS VOL. 5
March 14 - April 28, 2016: Shooting SESAME STREET's 47th season
April 19, 2016: Participated in a Salon panel about theatre for Northwestern University alumni
April 8, 2016: Did a guest voiceover for a new Nickelodeon animated show
March 12, 2016: Performed in BROADWAY BACK TOGETHER: AVENUE Q at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Apologies to those who attended… I was battling bronchitis in the days leading up to this show. I barely made it through the night and about 20 minutes after the show ended, I lost my voice completely.
February 20, 2016: Performed two songs in 54 BELOW SINGS BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS VOL. 3
February 8, 2016: Performed two songs in TIM REALBUTO IS INAPPROPRIATE at the Cutting Room
January 27, 2016: Performed a song in two concerts HONORING BARBARA SIEGEL at the Metropolitan Room
January 24, 2016: Performed a song from FOUND as part of the "Headed For Broadway" panel at BroadwayCon
January 10, 2016: Performed in 54 SINGS SCRUBS at Feinstein's/54 Below
January, 2016: Did some more educational voiceovers for Scholastic
December 14-18, 2015: Shot some of SESAME STREET's 47th season
December 11, 2015: Performed in the second edition of THE LOVERS, THE DREAMERS AND JIM at Urban Stages as part of their Winter Rhythms Festival
December 3, 2015: Did an interesting little puppetry gig the hands of Pupazza on THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
November 26, 2015: Performed Prairie Dawn in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 22, 2015: Performed Stunk, the Steampunk Skunk mascot on the Season 2 finale of LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER
It was only about a minute in front of the camera, tops. Still, the most challenging thing I have ever done, partially due to the fact that this mascot was built/fitted for someone taller/stronger than me and there were some issues with the head.
But I’d do anything for this show, because I love it so much, and am always thrilled to be even the tiniest part of it. And I think I proved it.
November 9, 2015: Was a guest judge at TUNE IN TIME at the York Theatre
October 23, 2015: Voiced a few more characters for NATURE CAT
October 18, 2015: Co-hosted the SECOND MUPPET TRIVIA SPECTACULAR at the Museum of the Moving Image
October 15, 2015: Performed in a NAMT Cabaret slot for Kim Sherman and Darrah Cloud
Fall, 2015: Did even more educational voiceovers for Scholastic
September 20, 2015: Performed in BROADWAY BACK TO SCHOOL at Feinstein's/54 Below
Summer and Fall, 2015: Co-produced and co-edited 13 video compilation reels for the new Henson exhibit at the Center for Puppetry Arts
Late August, 2015: CHIMPY AND PANSY made their big-screen debut at the Greenville Drive-In in Greenville, NY:
This drive-in was re-opened in 2015 by our pals Dwight Grimm and Leigh Van Swall. They actually reached out to me and requested to show the episodes as part of their programming, which touches me greatly. Who wouldn’t want to have her silly monkeys be seen 35 feet high on the big screen? www.drivein32.com
August 27, 2015: Voiced even more little characters for various episodes of NATURE CAT
August 13, 2015: Voiced a bunch of radio spots for BevMo
June and July, 2015: Performed a handful of educational voiceovers for Scholastic
June 25, 2015: Voiced a radio spot for A GENTLEMEN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER ON BROADWAY
June 22, 2015: Did some puppy voices for a Nick, Jr. promo
June 8, 2015: Launched CHIMPY AND PANSY, my little animated series
May 18-22, June 1-5, 2015: Shot some more material for SESAME STREET’s 46th Season
May 25, 2015: Performed Kami and was the voice announcer at the Sesame Workshop Gala
May 10, 2015: Performed a full-body mascot of Hoots, the NSA Owl, (who wants to know whooo you’re talking to) on LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER
My first professional mascot job, and I’m lucky that it took place in a safe, loving environment.
This gig was scary and amazing and sweaty and so very, very odd; basically, just another day in the life of a working actor... for me, that is.
May 7, 2015: Performed in a special, swanky NYMF 2015 Festival Patron Preview
May 1, 2015: Performed in BOLIN, SCHMOLIN: THE SONGS OF ELI BOLIN at 54 Below
April 14, 2015 - May 1, 2015: Shooting SESAME STREET’s 46th season
April 12-13, 2015: Performed in the 24 HOUR MUSICALS at the Gramercy Theatre
Holy crap, this was so mentally exhausting, but incredibly fun. I was so lucky to get to do this for the second time.
April 2, 2015: Hosted SONGWRITER’S SALON at Times Square Arts Center for the 5th time
Early April, 2015: Spent a surprisingly small number of hours in post for that little personal project CHIMPY AND PANSY
March 30, 2015: Performed in 100 MUSICALS IN MUFTI for the York Theatre
March, 2015: Spent far fewer hours actually producing that little personal project animating CHIMPY AND PANSY
Winter, 2015: Spent a ridiculous number of hours on pre-production for a little personal project CHIMPY AND PANSY
February 22, 2015: Performed a goat puppet in the Chinese New Year segment of LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER
What a great program, chock-full of great people at every level of production. It’s an honor just to walk through the door.
February 10, 2015: Voiced a few more little characters for the new PBS animated series NATURE CAT
February 2-6, 2015: Shot some elements for SESAME STREET’s 46th season
I guess I can officially say that I am playing Prairie Dawn now. It is a bit daunting but oh, so fun.
January 26, 2015: Voiced a guest character for the new PBS animated series NATURE CAT
This is a Spiffy Pictures production, and I am thrilled to have recorded a handful of fun little characters for it so far. It’s gonna be good, and not just because Spiffy Pictures folk are the very best folk.
January 24, 2015: Did Josh Accardo’s Slam Pig Podcast, available on iTunes:
January 11, 2015: Was a guest monologist at ASSSSCAT 3000 at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre
January 8, 2015: Hosted the 6th installation of SONGWRITER’S SALON at Times Square Arts Center
December 21, 2014: Performed in the STEPHEN SCHWARTZ-A-THON at 54 Below
December 13, 2014: Performed in THE LOVERS, THE DREAMERS, AND JIM concert as part of Urban Stages' Winter Rhythms
December 4, 2014: Hosted the 5th installation of SONGWRITER’S SALON at Times Square Arts Center
My third time hosting, and this series gets better and better with each show.
December 3, 2014: Voiced a couple of demos
December 2, 2014: Voiced a few more minor characters for the same yet-to-be-announced animated show I worked on in October and November NATURE CAT.
November 27, 2014: Performed on the SESAME STREET float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
I was Prairie Dawn. It was a special day.
November 20, 2014: Performed in UNSUNG CAROLYN LEIGH VOL. 2 at 54 Below
November 9, 2014: Performed the little girl puppet from the Prison Reform segment once again, in the first season finale of LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER
Lucky, lucky, lucky me… I absolutely loved being back with those wonderful people. Thank you again, Tim Carvell and John Oliver.
November 8, 2014: Sang some “ooh-aahs” in the background of a theme song that will only be heard on an app
This is what we do, kids. This is what we do.
November 6, 2014: Hosted another installation of SONGWRITER’S SALON at Times Square Arts Center
November 3, 2014: Voiced a few more minor characters for the same yet-to-be-announced animated show I worked on in October NATURE CAT
October 30-31, 2014: Taught some puppetry and a presented a seminar about the uniqueness of creating puppet and Muppet characters at Syracuse University
October 20, 2014: Performed in LANCE AND THE LADIES at Birdland
October 15, 2014: Puppeteered (but did not voice) a couple of characters for something the non-disclosure agreement says I can’t tell you about but it’s a very small thing so don’t get all excited
October, 2014: Did a couple of little voiceovers, one for a yet-to-be announced animated show NATURE CAT
September 29-October 1, 2014: Worked on a couple of SESAME STREET thingys
Seriously, there’s no better word for these than “thingys.”
September 21, 2014: Performed in SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED at 54 Below
September 5-7, 2014: Performed a cookie in the Public Theatre’s Public Works production of A WINTER’S TALE at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park (as part of the cast of SESAME STREET)
Yes, you read that right. I performed a cookie.
September 1, 2014: Performed in Tim Realbuto’s WUNDERKIND show at the Triad
July & August, 2014: Edited some compilations for the Jim Henson Legacy / Wrote something that may never see the light of day / Aged horribly
August 28, 2014: Did voiceovers for a couple of industrials
August 7, 2014: Hosted the first ever SONGWRITER’S SALON at the new Celebrity Club Cabaret at Times Square Arts Center
July 22, 2014: Recorded another episode of WALLYKAZAM!
This time I only went “meow” and “bloop.” In the future, other people will be replaced by robots. I will be replaced by a “The Farmer Says” toy.
July 20, 2014: Performed a little girl puppet on LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER in a segment about prison reform
Not only was it an amazing experience to be a part of this show (I was already a huge fan), but everyone -- everyone -- there was so good to us. Thank you, Tim Carvell and John Oliver.
July 14, 2014: Found out I won my first writing prize since high school: a one-year subscription to New York Magazine in their biweekly competition (Competition #25)
Competition #25‘s theme was “Seuss For Our Times,” in which readers were asked for “a contemporary verse, unbound by taste, in the manner of Theodor Seuss Geisel.” My entry, which I tweeted, was:
I cannot go for drinks tonight
I cannot “throw it down”
I cannot play in any way
My mother is in town
June 11-July 13, 2014: The journey of ACADEMIA NUTS (for the New York Musical Theatre Festival)
An intense four weeks, but what a great group of people. I will miss them.
June 9, 2014: Recorded another episode of WALLYKAZAM!
Barbara the Baker returns with more lines than ever...
June 3-6, 2014: Shot a few inserts for SESAME STREET
May 4, 2014: Performed with other AVENUE Q original cast members to honor Robyn Goodman’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lortels at NYU’s Skirball Center
May 1, 2014: Did two presentational readings of HELEN OF TROY
March 3-April 19, 2014: The journey of the Off-Broadway run of GREED: A MUSICAL FOR OUR TIMES
April 16, 2014: Did a radio spot for Roundabout Theatre Company’s JUST JIM DALE
April 6-7, 2014: Performed in the 24 HOUR MUSICALS at Irving Plaza
This was an amazing, exhausting experience, and one that I can’t wait to do again.
March 23, 2014: Performed in TOO LEGIT TO QUIT 3 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre
February 24, 2014: Performed in BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: THE BROADWAY MUSICALS OF 1915-1939
I’ve always wanted to do a BROADWAY BY THE YEAR, and this was a special one to be part of.
February 12, 2014: Did another voiceover for the New York Botanical Garden
It’s the beginning of my third smash year working with them!
January 2 - February 5, 2014: The journey of the showcase run of GREED: A MUSICAL FOR OUR TIMES
January 29, 2014: Performed one of the many Muppets for the final broadcast of LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (which aired February 7, 2014)
The song was shot in several pieces, and I did a couple of little background-y, right-hand-y things, but some of it was trimmed in post, so the only thing I can say for sure that I did that made it to air was Robin* in the final shot (who was so close to the lower right edge that some TVs might not have even showed him).
By the way, that final shot (where Jimmy gets up and walks down the hallway into his future at THE TONIGHT SHOW) was done in one take, and none of us Muppet Performers knew what was happening - we’d only been told that he was getting up after the last note was sung. It was an incredible, touching moment to witness firsthand.
*I don’t think I need to say it, but you all know I do NOT voice any of these Muppet characters, yes?
January 27, 2014: Did another voiceover for Manhattan Theatre Club’s OUTSIDE MULLINGAR on Broadway
Congratulations to the show for all the swell notices... (I’m grateful for them, too, since it led to the second spot and another gig!)
January 7, 2014: Recorded few lines for a double episode of WALLYKAZAM!
December 19, 2013: Did a voiceover for Manhattan Theatre Club’s OUTSIDE MULLINGAR on Broadway
The VO was for the show’s commercial, not the show itself. Grammar.
December 13, 2013: Wrapped production on Season 45 of SESAME STREET
November 28, 2013: Performed on the SESAME STREET float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
This year I wiggled Bert. Sadly, I was sealed inside before Jimmy Fallon and the Roots boarded.
November 5, 2013: Did another voiceover for the New York Botanical Garden
October 20, 2013: Performed in SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED at 54 Below
October 17 & 18, 2013: Performed in presentations of COME FROM AWAY at NAMT
You will be hearing about this show someday. It is so special.
September 30, 2013: Started production on Season 45 of SESAME STREET
September 26-27, 2013: Shot some more Crumby Pictures Presents inserts for SESAME STREET
September 25, 2013: Did another voiceover for the New York Botanical Garden
August 21, 2013: Recorded another episode of WALLYKAZAM! as the same character I did in May. Still teeny, but still fun. I also meowed a little in it, but that’s just a regular day for me.
July 24, 2013: Voiced an Internet spot for Geico
July 21, 2013: Was part of a San Diego Comic Con panel that followed the world premiere of SCOOBY DOO ADVENTURES: THE MYSTERY MAP
The panel and screening and signing were a blast.
BUT - I never figured out how to get one of those cool WB bags, and the 1966 Batusi figure from Mattel was long sold out, so my husband was ultimately let down. Things were looking up when I passed Nathan Fillion, but all I could do was shout out “howdy! I enjoy your work, sir!”
I think I failed Comic Con.
June 24, 2013: Voiced a radio spot for Chase
June 12, 2013: Performed in KAPOW!, a one-night presentational reading of two chapters of the 1940s comic book “The Green Lama” with Sympho at the Rubin Museum
It’s always fun to play clueless thugs and loud little 1940s kids... but it was really lovely to share the stage with the incredible Sympho musicians, as well as Eliiott Forrest, Linus Roache, Max Gordon Moore, Sonam Wangdue, and the great Tony Roberts.
Late April-May 2013: Worked on a handful of various SESAME STREET inserts here and there
May 13, 2013: Recorded a eensy-teensy (but fun) character for one episode of the new Nickelodeon series WALLYKAZAM!
May 9, 2013: Did another voiceover for the New York Botanical Garden
May 4, 2013: Performed in a benefit for Zani’s Furry Friends at Birdland
May 2, 2013: Voiced two radio spots for Emipre City Casino
Mid-January to late March, 2013: Made a 2D stop-motion video for my pals The Mighty Weaklings
It was my first venture into animation (other than playing with the stop-motion kiosks at the Museum of the Moving Image) and it was the first video project I’d conceived, directed, and fully executed since college. You can watch it here.
I might do another one tomorrow, or never again.
March 18, 2013: Performed in the Vineyard Theatre’s Gala at the Edison Ballroom
It was fantastic and very special to have a little AVENUE Q reunion the night before our 10th anniversary of our Vineyard opening.
March 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2013: Performed in THE AMANDA MCBROOM PROJECT at the Laurie Beechman
March 15, 2013: Joined Twitter (@DAbruzzoTweets)
Oh, shut up.
February 26, 2013: Did another voiceover for the New York Botanical Garden
February 17, 2013: Was the announcer for the Writer’s Guild Awards in New York
February 13, 2013: Did a chamber reading of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at a private Manhattan club
January 14-18, 2013 and December 16-21, 2012: Worked on a super-fun, super-secret puppet shoot in Chicago all-puppet version of Scooby Doo, called SCOOBY DOO ADVENTURES: THE MYSTERY MAP.
One word: VELMA.
January 6, 2013: Co-hosted SALON at Etcetera Etcetera
December 14, 2012: Wrapped production on SESAME STREET’S 44th season
November 25, 2012: Performed in SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED at 54 Below
November 22, 2012: Performed on the SESAME STREET float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
This year, I puppeteered Zoe. The parade is the only time I enjoy global warming.
November 7, 2012: Did another voiceover for the New York Botanical Garden
October 25, 2012: Did a benefit reading of an adaptation of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at the Society of the Colonial Dames
October 18, 2012: Voiced a couple more characters for the videogame I recorded in March Bioshock Infinite
And I got to violently die again! But less.
October 3, 2012: Did another voiceover for the New York Botanical Garden
September 10, 2012: Started taping the second half of Season 43 and all of Season 44 of SESAME STREET
September 10, 2012: Performed at the National Asian American Theatre Company’s concert honoring Alan Muraoka
July 21-September 1, 2012: The adventure of LOVE AND REAL ESTATE in the Summer Shorts 2012 Festival
August 10, 2012: Performed in a reading/workshop of AMANDINE
July 29, 2012: Performed in 3 CHOICES AWAY benefit for METHTACULAR!
June 21, 2012: Shot some more material for an upcoming SESAME STREET interactive product
Late May, 2012: Assistant puppeteer for 11 days of SESAME STREET “Word on the Street” inserts
We were on location all around New York City, and I will never forget the day we found ourselves huddling under the Washington Square Arch, shooting with torrential downpours surrounding us. It was a twisted kind of fun.
May 10, 2012: Performed in BROADWAY BALLYHOO at Feinstein’s at the Regency
May 3, 2012: Did another voiceover for New York Botanical Garden
Late April, 2012: Shot some SESAME STREET bits
April 14, 2012: Performed in JIM HENSON’S MUSICAL WORLD at Carnegie Hall
There are no words to describe how amazing it is to be onstage at Carnegie Hall with Muppets, Fraggles, the Sesame Street cast and puppets, Rachel Dratch, Paul Williams, Johnny T, and the New York Pops... and to get to play with all my pals as a live performer, a puppeteer, and a fake violinist.
March, 2012: A couple of voiceover gigs
This included a video game (Bioshock Infinite) that trashed my voice for a couple of days. It occurs to me that in order to be in a video game, you have to really know how to violently die.
March 29, 2012: Recorded a demo for PRINCESSES
March 27, 2012: Performed in a reading of PRINCESSES (working title)
March 12, 2012: Performed in the Vineyard Theatre’s Gala and salute to Linda Lavin
February 19, 2012: Was the announcer for the Writer’s Guild Awards in New York
I was an emergency replacement for Nancy Giles. Had fun, but missed her.
January-February, 2012: Worked on some new SESAME STREET ELMO THE MUSICAL inserts
January 21, 2012: Performed in BROADWAY SPECTRUM at the Engeman Theatre in Northport, Long Island
what have I been up to?