Frankie Cordero

(Rudy)

Frankie Cordero’s mother and magician/clown father supported his early love of theater, VHS filmmaking, and a lifelong dream to work with the Muppets™ one day. He began working for Sesame Workshop in 2000 as a performer at live events and photo shoots, while studying at The University of Connecticut; he later joined the Sesame Street cast in Season 47. In addition to a handful of monsters, frogs and penguins, Cordero is thrilled to play Rudy, Abby Cadabby’s 3-year-old stepbrother. He is deeply honored to be involved with Sesame Workshop’s international work, as the U.S. performer of Zeerak, a new character on Afghanistan’s Baghch-e-Simsim introduced to promote gender equity.

Cordero has worked internationally as a puppeteer/builder, bringing countless characters to life in short films, music videos, national commercials, and TV shows such as Julie’s Greenroom (Spike), Oobi (Papu), It’s a Big, Big World, CSI: Las Vegas, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and Jack’s Big Music Show (various characters). 

Theater credits include performances at La MaMa ETC, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, and The Metropolitan Opera, in which he was one of three principal puppeteers in Madama Butterfly, portraying the title character’s three-year-old son, Sorrow. Cordero has also toured nationally and internationally with such companies as Blair Thomas & Co, Hystopolis Productions, Phantom Limb Company, Walking With Dinosaurs, and Dramaton Theater, where he was a principal performer and co-Artistic Director.

Cordero’s work has been awarded the 2015 Armstrong Vine Award in Comedy, the 2004 Kevin Clash Scholarship for Puppeteers of Color for the National Puppetry Conference at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and the 2002/2004 Jim Henson Memorial Prize in Puppetry, awarded while Cordero was a student in The University of Connecticut’s Puppet Arts Program.