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OUR TEAM

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HEATHER B. HENSON
Artistic Director

Heather B. Henson is a contemporary puppet artist whose work promotes harmony and healing for the planet through artistic spectacle and discussion. Backed by a degree from Rhode Island School of Design and studies at CalArts in 2000, Heather created a multi-platform production company entitled IBEX Puppetry to honor the creativity in herself and others.

Heather is best known for her Environmental Spectacles: original performances designed to provide a transformative experience for the audience through the use of non-traditional storytelling. Heather blends the disciplines of puppetry, dance, and kiting with evocative sound and light effects to create immersive, interactive presentations that engage all of the senses and awaken the soul.

For the past several years, Heather’s storytelling has been heavily impacted by her sense of kinship with the endangered species of the world, particularly Whooping Cranes. First moved by the plight of the Florida wetlands and their inhabitants, she designed the UNIMA Citation of Excellence-winning stage show Panther and Crane. More recently, inspired by the healing partnerships formed between cranes and teams of humans at The International Crane Foundation, she has brought animals and elemental forces of our planet out to frolic and fly among human audiences with her Endangered Species Parade, Celebration of Flight, and FLIGHT: A Crane’s Story.

Heather Henson’s environmental spectacles advocate for harmonious relationships between all the species and planetary forces of our beautiful Earth.

In addition to her original environmentally-themed works, IBEX Puppetry also produces Heather’s Sing-Along events and nurtures the work of independent puppet artists creating works for stage, screen, and gallery through direct production efforts in its home state of Florida, the internationally-traveling Handmade Puppet Dreams film festival, and a network of grants and support known as the Puppet Slam Network.

Heather is a Trustee for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and sits on the Board of Directors for The International Crane Foundation and The Jim Henson Legacy.

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Alex U. Griffin
Producer

A multi-hyphenate bridging the filmmaking world and the puppetry world, Alex U. Griffin is Producer for Heather Henson's Handmade Puppet Dreams film series, a freelance cinematographer/editor/director/puppeteer, creator/producer of the 48hr Puppet Film Project, and Vice President of both the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry and Puppeteers of America. 

As a cinematographer and director, Alex has worked on a number of puppet projects big and small, often working both behind and in front of the camera. His specialty is films with practical effects and puppetry, though works well with humans as well!

Alex has participated in the O'Neill Theater Center's National Puppetry Conference for seven years, studying with Marty Robinson (Sesame Street), Tyler Bunch (The Muppets), Ronnie Burkett (The Daisy Theater) and many more. In 2014, he was invited to be an Emerging Artist at the conference, directing his own short table-top toy theater piece, Northern Lights.
 

As a photographer, Alex has been behind-the-scenes and event photographer for many productions, events, and people. His photographs have been seen in Playbill, Puppet Life, The Iowa Source, The Puppetry Journal, and he has been an official photographer for the National Puppetry Festival since 2013. 

Alex cares deeply for the puppet community, the art and craft that it represents. 

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ANGELICA ROBINSON
Line Producer, HPD Collections

Angelica Robinson is an award-winning, Daytime Emmy nominated Creative Producer committed to creating engaging content that embraces diverse images of the multicultural human experience. After 15 years at major studios including NBC Universal, ITV Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment, Ms. Robinson formed Tell Me A Story Productions, which develops and produces premium content for Film, Television and digital media, highlighting the African American experience and multicultural edutainment at the center of each story.

Robinson currently has a slate of projects in development and is the Line Producer of Collections for Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams.

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