Alan Muraoka (Alan) joined the Sesame Street ensemble 15 years ago. His stage credits include the Broadway productions of Pacific Overtures, The King and I, My Favorite Year, Shogun, Mail and Miss Saigon, where he played the lead role of the Engineer, as well as the national tours of Miss Saigon, M. Butterfly and Anything Goes. Muraoka’s numerous network television and film credits include: It Could Happen to You, Curb Your Enthusiasm, 30 Rock, Louie, Showtime’s Brotherhood, The Tonight Show, As the World Turns, Guiding Light, One Life to Live and Day of Independence, a short film by Academy Award-winning director Chris Tashima. He has performed with the Boston Pops, with Pink Martini at the Hollywood Bowl, and in April of 2012 appeared with the Sesame Street cast and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.
As a director, his 1998 production of Falsettoland for the National Asian American Theatre Company received high praise from The New York Times, and was revived in 2007 for the first ever National Asian American Theater Festival in New York City. He directed a short film for Sesame Street called “Field Trip Stories: A Kid’s Yoga Class” which premiered in season 39, and has choreographed the Sesame Street float for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Other directing credits include: Awesomer & Awesomer!!! The Songs of Phoebe Kreutz (Triad Theatre- NYC); Xanadu (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma – Oklahoma City); Telly Leung; Who Loves Ya’ Baby? (Laurie Beechman Theatre); Disney’s High School Musical (Casa Mañana – Ft. Worth, MUNY – St. Louis, and the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma); Disney’s High School Musical 2 (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma); Up In The Air (Associate Director, The Kennedy Center); John Tartaglia’s Ad-Liberty at Joe’s Pub; Christmas Eve With Christmas Eve (BC/EFA at the Midtown Theatre); Empty-Handed (Musicals Tonight); Karaoke Stories (Imua! Theatre Company); Screaming Like a Fool, (Triad Theatre); and A Tribute to Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall (Triad Theatre). He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.
A UCLA graduate, Muraoka received a musical theater performance scholarship underwritten by Carol Burnett. He is also active with many Asian American organizations and was honored with the Inspiration Award from APEX, a mentoring organization in New York City, and the Role Model of the Year award from the FCC (Families with Children From China). His character on Sesame Street is the proprietor of Hooper’s Store, which was recently redesigned to reflect a more authentic urban store. Muraoka, an Asian-American of Japanese descent, is not only an important part of that change, but his warm and open character has helped make Hooper’s Store the heart of the Sesame Street community.