Ryan Dillon

Ryan Dillon has been puppeteering since he could hold his arm up.  Inspired by the Muppets™ since childhood and encouraged by his family and teachers, Dillon built and performed his own characters, performing shows wherever he could. In his senior year of high school, he was asked to join the cast of Sesame Street, and has been performing with the “longest street in the world” for the past 10 years.  In addition to performing Elmo, Dillon has played numerous chickens, birds, frogs, monsters, foods and other colorful characters. He also played Cooper Monster for the interactive series Sesame Street TV for Xbox Kinect, and most recently completed filming the first two seasons of the new CBeebies and Sesame Street co-production, The Furchester Hotel, as Elmo.  Dillon has done national commercials, short films, and other television series, lending his voice and arm to other worlds of puppet characters. When he is not on “the Street,” he writes, directs and performs in his own web-based puppet content.