Sonia Manzano, Bonnie Erickson, Fran Brill, and Karen Falk
Celebrate Women’s History Month with a special lecture and discussion with women who made groundbreaking contributions to the work of the Jim Henson Company.
Special guests include:
Sonia Manzano is the actress who played Maria on Sesame Street for 43 years. Manzano is also an award-winning television writer, children’s book author, and a master storyteller. She won 15 Emmys as part of the Sesame Street writing team, and also wrote for the Peabody Award-winning children's series, Little Bill.
Bonnie Erickson is the original designer and builder of Miss Piggy! Erickson worked with Jim Henson as Design Director for The Jim Henson Company where she created characters for many Muppet television specials and series. In addition to Miss Piggy, Erickson created the heckling old men in the balcony, Statler and Waldorf, and Zoot, saxophonist for The Electric Mayhem band.
Fran Brill is the first female puppeteer hired for Sesame Street. Brill is an Emmy Award-winning puppeteer for her work on Sesame Street. She created the characters of Zoe and Prairie Dawn and performed the Countess and many others characters. Her other work with the Muppets includes The Muppet Show, Saturday Night Live, The Jim Henson Hour, Dog City, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, Cinderelmo and Zoe's Dance Moves with Paula Abdul.
The evening will be moderated by Karen Falk, the head archivist for The Jim Henson Company!