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professional showbiz hyphenate since 1993

actor-puppeteer-singer-voiceover artist-so much more

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 Kellan 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:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-61-stephanie-dabruzzo/id514822420?i=334898391&mt=2)


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



























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