Stephanie D'Abruzzo

(Prairie Dawn)

Stephanie D’Abruzzo joined Sesame Street in Season 25. Since then, she has performed Elizabeth, Lulu, and Curly Bear, as well as hundreds of other characters on the Street. In 2015, she added Prairie Dawn to that roster after the retirement of the great Fran Brill. Her vocal performance in R.E.M.’s “Furry Happy Monsters” is a career highlight. She has worked on dozens of Sesame home videos and specials, and played “Grizzy” in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland.

Other major puppetry projects include Julie’s Greenroom (Peri), Scooby Doo Adventures: The Mystery Map (Velma), Oobi (Uma and Inka), Jack’s Big Music Show, and The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss. She has also performed in multiple episodes of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, playing various puppets, mascots, and even a Sesame Street penguin.

D’Abruzzo guest-starred in the musical episode of NBC’s Scrubs, and returned twice during its ABC run, in a cameo in “My Finale,” and as a Sesame Street Muppet patient in “My ABC’s.”

She has lent her voice to Nature Cat (for which she also wrote an episode), Welcome to the Wayne, Wallykazam!, The Wonder Pets!, Sheep in the Big City, and The Book of Pooh, as well as many promos and commercials, video games and interactive products, demos, industrials, and audiobooks including Miss Spider’s Tea Party, several Clifford the Big Red Dog books, and Juror #3 (a James Patterson BookShot).

D’Abruzzo received Tony- and Drama Desk Award nominations – as well as a Theater World Award and a special Outer Critics Circle Ensemble Award – for originating her roles in Avenue Q. She has graced the New York stage in scores of productions, benefits, readings, and concerts, and has sung at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Her roles in I Love You Because and Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical were also preserved in original cast recordings.