Leslie Carrara-Rudolph

(Abby Cadabby)

Leslie Carrara-Rudolph is a multi-faceted performer and five-time Emmy-nominated performer for her work on Sesame Street as 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 Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (Morton, Little Cat A), The Learning Channel’s Animal Jam (Edi), Nickelodeon’s hit cartoon series T.U.F.F. Puppy (Peg Puppy), The Electric Company (Wolf Man, Mummy, Bat, and Aunt Hildegard), and the animated series Nature Cat on PBS. 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 as Jesse in When Families Grieve for Sesame Workshop’s military families initiative. Movie credits include Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Men in Black II and 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 Jim Henson puppet improv group at the Aspen Comedy Festival, the Australian Comedy Festival and off-Broadway at the Union Square TheaterShe 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 El Capitan Theater. Carrara-Rudolph also tours 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 Foundation 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. This past year she was nominated for an ANNIE Award for voice acting in an animated series for her work in Splash and Bubbles.

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 at www.lesliecarrararudolph.com and listen to her podcast — which was featured on NPR’s Earbuds – at www.LollysRadioPlaydate.com.