Steven is a professional puppeteer involved in the application of puppetry to entertainment, education, industry and advertising. With the assistance of woodcarvers, painters and costumers, he has designed and built a remarkable variety of more than 400 puppets. Steven studied his craft with Master Puppeteer, Bil Baird, and in 1977 he formed The Puppet Company. Subsequently, he has worked on numerous commercials and films. He has developed educational programs utilizing puppets to teach nutrition and math. From 1988 to 1998 he owned and operated an accaimed theater at Union Square in Manhattan for which he created numerous original productions that received great reviews in the press and and had a loyal following. Besides creating his own works for puppet theater, he has performed on television in “The Book of Pooh,” and “Bear in the Big Blue House.” Additionally, he is an accomplished pianist with a degree in Music from the University of Pennsylvania. Steven is a past President of the Puppetry Guild of Greater New York, and also served as Editor of the organization’s newsletter PuppetMaster. He is a member of Puppeteers of America and has served on the Board of Directors of UNIMA-USA, the international organization of Puppeteers. Steven is known to the public as the voice behind “Al E. Gator” and the master manipulator of “Rocket the Roller Skater” marionette. Steven founded The Puppet Company, which has performed for major corporations, parties, schools museums and libraries. Steven has worked on numerous commercials and films, and has developed educational programs utilizing puppets. Additionally, he composes the music for all of The Puppet Company’s original works. These include: Franklin the Wizard, Harmony Castle, Dragon Soup, Attention: Earthlings, Lost & Found, Surprise Party and Rocket & Friends. He has served on the Board of Directors of UNIMA-USA, the international organization of puppeteers, is a past President of The Puppetry Guild of Greater New York, and is the founding Editor of the Guild’s acclaimed newsletter, PuppetMaster. In 1996 Steven co-produced a TV pilot for a children’s television program called The Al E. Gator Show, in conjunction with NYU’s Tisch Center and then student and Puppet Company intern, Eric Jacobsen. The show won first prize in the NYU student film festival. The talented intern Jacobsen has gone on to be a standout for the Muppets and operates and is the voice of Miss Piggy. Steven also participated as puppet builder and puppeteer in the 1998-99 Tisch production of Music Time Cafe, involving physically challenged children as stars in a musical show. Steven has worked as a puppeteer on the video production Davy Jones’ Locker featuring Bil Baird’s Marionettes, the movie American Astronaut, and more recently TV Funhouse for Comedy Central, The Book of Pooh, and Bear in the Big Blue House.
Susan Widerman Blog, Executive Director
Besides being a professional puppeteer, Susan develops new projects and scripts for The Puppet Company. She is the manager of the company and handles all business transactions, including publicity and advertising. Susan studied with the Bil Baird Marionettes and has taught workshops on puppet building. She holds a degree in English and Education from the University of Michigan and an MBA from New York University. She is a founding member of The Puppet Company and is a past President of The Puppetry Guild of Greater New York.