Leslie Carrara-Rudolph is a multi-faceted performer and three-time Emmy-nominated puppeteer for her work on Sesame Street as fairy-in-training Abby Cadabby. Carrara-Rudolph has a B.A. in Child Development through the Arts from San Francisco State University. Carrara-Rudolph’s television work spans a variety of acclaimed children’s television programs including Disney’s Johnny & the Sprites (Ginger Sprite), Nickelodeon’s Wubulous World of Dr. Seuss (Morton, Little Cat A, etc.), The Learning Channel’s Animal Jam (Edi) and currently Nickelodeon’s hit cartoon series T.U.F.F. Puppy (Peg Puppy). Her voice can also be heard on The Electric Company as all the characters in the “Haunted House” cartoon sketches (Wolf Man, Mummy, Bat and Aunt Hildegard). She does background walla for The Simpsons and is the official voice match for Disney’s character Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove.
She has appeared in several outreach videos for Sesame Workshop including as Prairie Dawn’s mom in Sesame Beginnings and most recently as Jesse in When Families Grieve and Rosita’s mom in Coping with Changes for Sesame Workshop’s military families initiative. Movie credits include “female vampire” in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Men in Black II and the recent film The Muppets.
Some of Carrara-Rudolph’s stage credits include Sweeney Todd (Beggar woman), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Parallel Lives, and The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. As a comedian, she performed stand-up at Caroline’s Comedy Club in New York and performed with the Henson puppet improv group at the Aspen Comedy Festival, the Australian Comedy Festival and off-Broadway at the Union Square Theater. She designed, created and starred in an original, live, interactive musical stage show for the Walt Disney Company called The Wahoo Wagon which was performed at Hollywood’s famous El Capitan Theater. Carrara-Rudolph is currently touring with her new show Wake up Your Weird, an interactive musical short story designed to fire up the imaginations of the young and young at heart. The show received the 2009 Jim Henson Grant and an UNIMA Citation of Excellence (under the name Entertaining a Thought). She has been the guest artist twice at the Ojai playwright conference and teaches character development at the O’Neill National Puppetry Conference. She was the 2011 guest artist at the O’Neill Theater.
In her spare time, Carrara-Rudolph illustrates children’s books, teaches workshops and creates her own brand of magic and joy. You can find out more about Carrara-Rudolph’s show at www.wakeupyourweird.com.