Kevin Clash, whose characters include Elmo, Hoots the Owl and Baby Natasha, is Sesame Street’s Co-Executive Producer, Senior Puppet Coordinator and Muppet™ Captain as well as Sesame Workshop’s Senior Creative Consultant. He began building puppets at the age of 10 and performed on Baltimore’s Harbor Front and local television as a teenager. Clash’s first television work was for the CBS affiliate in Baltimore. He came to Sesame Street after attracting the attention of Muppet™ designer Kermit Love. Clash’s film credits include Jim Henson’s 1986 fantasy film Labyrinth, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I and II, Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets from Space and Elmo in Grouchland.
His television work includes The Great Space Coaster, Captain Kangaroo, Dinosaurs and Muppets Tonight. He also was Co-Executive Producer for Elmopalooza, CinderElmo, and Elmo’s World; Co-Producer for The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland; and also directs Sesame Street episodes and other projects. Clash directed and co-produced the DVD series Sesame Beginnings for Sesame Workshop. Moreover, he directed and was co-producer for Sesame Workshop’s outreach DVD Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings and Changes, and appeared in and directed Talk, Listen, Connect: When Families Grieve. He also directed the Muppet™ segments of the PBS primetime special, Families Stand Together: Feeling Secure in Tough Times.
Clash won the 2012 Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series for his work as Elmo on Sesame Street and also won the award for seasons 21, 35-37, and 39-41. In 2001-2008 and 2010-2012, he won for his work as Co-Executive Producer for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Series.
Clash released his autobiography in September 2006, My Life as a Furry Red Monster, What Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love, and Laughing Out Loud.
Clash is the subject of the 2011 documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, among other accolades. Recently, Clash performed at the 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, honoring cellist Yo Yo Ma.