Pam Arciero

(Grundgetta Grouch)

Pam Arciero is a principal puppeteer on Sesame Street, performing numerous characters, most notably Grundgetta Grouch, for more than 30 years. She’s also worked on many other programs for adults and children including Between the Lions, Blue’s Clues: Blue’s Room, Chappelle’s Show, Allegra’s Window, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, TV Funhouse, Oobi, Eureeka’s Castle, and The Great Space Coaster. She has performed in commercials for brands like Zappos, Fuze, Angel Soft, the Sundance Film Festival, and Sundance Myths, and in films like Extreme Measures, Little Monsters, and Follow That Bird.

Arciero is also a director for live theater, television, and film. She choreographs and directs live walk-around shows for Sesame Workshop in such places as Beaches Jamaica, Beaches Turks and Caicos, Port Adventura Barcelona, and Saudi Arabia, as well as Sesame Place, Sea World, and touring productions. She directed the film Whiskey Neat, and she has also directed episodes of Between the Lions and Oobi for television.

Arciero has taught for the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, the University of Hawaii, Sesame Street International, the University of Connecticut, and California State University, Fresno. She serves as the Artistic Director of the National Puppetry Conference at the O’Neill Theater Center and the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Jim Henson Foundation. She holds an undergraduate Degree in Dance and Drama from the University of Hawaii and a Master’s Degree in Puppetry from the University of Connecticut.