Stefano Brancato

Director / Co-Writer / Co-Creator

Michael Bush

Puppet Designer / Co-Writer / Co-Creator


Stefano received a B.F.A in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College while focusing on Directing, Movement and Voice and Speech. In 1999 Stefano Co-created Company M.U.D.D., an ensemble theatre group under the supervision of Elizabeth Swados, were he performed at La Mama Etc., Symphony Space and The Theresa Lang Theatre in New York City. Together they created The Golem (Featured Performer/ Puppet Design); Political Strategery: A Political Satire (Featured Performer/ Puppet Design); The Violence Project Workshop and The Violence Project (Featured Performer/ Puppet Design).

Michael is a New York-based director, writer and performer. He co-directed and co-wrote  “The Indelible Mark on Edward Barron” with Stefano Brancato  at Henson Carriage House, and directed "Mrs Smith Presents.." (co-wrote with David Hanbury) at Ars Nova and the American Repertory Company. He adapted and directed many classic comedies including “Tartuffe”, “The Imaginary Invalid” and “The Rover”. He has directed new play productions and workshops off-Broadway at the Summer Play Festival, The Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, EST/Youngblood, Ars Nova and the Goodman theater in Chicago. He was a participant in the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors and is an alum of the Drama League Director's Project, the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and the Barrow Group Theater. MFA: Brown University/Trinity Rep. Faculty: SVA. For more:

Stefano’s other puppet design credits include Tales For Children, Ionesco Festival NYC and Shirtwaist, New York Fringe Festival. Stefano has also worked with Cass Daley Designs as an Assistant Event Designer for the past seven years, working with The Adleson Gallery, Amy Tan, Hudson River Museum, The Dupont Family and The Marriot Marquee. Stefano’s New York performance credits include Podgers, Lord Aurthur Savile’s Crime (National Black Theatre); Sergy, Platonov, Platonov, Platonov (Feed the Herd Theatre); Ricky, Fragments of Ricky the Super Hero (Feed the Herd Theatre); Egeus/Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream; William, Coming Clean; Jack Kerouac; Choir, Miracle on 34th Street (Madison Square Garden); Last Season of Sex and the City. Stefano was also seen in the CRT productions of Little Things, It Can’t Happen Here and Love’s Labour’s Lost and also Assistant Directed Macbeth and Arabian Nights. Stefano Assistant Curated The Puppet Show’s Puppet Storage Exhibition, a nationally touring exhibition developed at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, designed by Terrence Gower and curated by Ingrid Schafner. Stefano has been the recipient of the Starr Scholarship, The National Italian American Foundation Study Abroad Scholar; Zach’s Scholarship, where he studied with Sandglass Institute and first work shopped Icarus at the O’Neill Puppetry Conference, The Nimble Arts Circus School Study Award and was an Emerging Artist at the O’Neill Puppetry Conference  where he and Michael Bush Work shopped Icarus a second time. Currently, Stefano is designing and performing puppets in Hartford Stage’s production of “Mistakes Were Made.

Puppet Artist for Puppet Heap on such notable projects as “The Muppets” 2011, Diet Coke “Love it Light” Commercials, and characters for The Magical World of Grace Chang. Performer for Puppet Heap Moving Pictures Company on Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and Mother Hubbard, both as the title old women, as well as multiple puppet shorts released with the Puppet Heap Playthings toy line. Additional design credits include:  Set Design for Leslie Carrara-Rudolph’s stage show Wake up your Weird,  Art Director for Walmart’s Neighborhood Market commercial, an original Audrey 2 puppet design for Gallery Players of NYC, “The Worries” for The Ohmies at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater NYC, float sculptor for the Detroit Parade Company, and Chickens for a Regional Emmy winning commercial advertising ABC 12 News Flint, Michigan. Michael’s art dolls and sculptures have been seen in multiple galleries including The Detroit Artist’s Market and The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., as well as Contemporary Doll Collector Magazine and Scholastic Art Magazine. Additional Performance Credits Include: Imagine Dragons “Radioactive” music video, “Energy Ogres” Commercials for PECO energy, Wes Craven’s “My Soul to Take”. BFA Crafts: College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan. Pending MFA Puppetry: University Of Connecticut.

Michael Goldfried

Co-Writer / Dramaturg / Associate Director