John E. Kennedy

John E. Kennedy is a lifelong puppeteer who began performing at age three and met and worked with Jim Henson at the age of 22.  He has been a member of Sesame Street since 1994, and a Muppet™ performer on projects such as Muppets From Space, The Muppets Wizard of Oz, and The Muppets Take the Bowl, an author of two puppet-making books (Puppet Mania and Puppet Planet), and an animatronic puppeteer for Dinosaurs and Country Bears. Kennedy has been a puppet captain, a choreographer, and a musician.  Recently, he wrote and coproduced his first album, Walk The Loop, for his band, Johnny K Band.

Kennedy’s directorial debut was a short film, The Sure Sheep, for Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams.  As a puppet builder, Kennedy has represented Jim Henson’s exhibits around the world with his puppet kits; he has also instructed young puppeteers on cruises, camps, and festivals.  He lives in Ocoee, Florida with his wife, Julie, and creates custom puppet characters for theme parks, artists, and corporate events.