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Oobi behind the scenes - Stephanie D'Abruzzo as Uma

Stephanie D'Abruzzo (born December 7, 1971) is a puppeteer who has worked for Sesame Workshop since 1993. On Oobi, she was a main cast member, playing Uma and Inka.

D'Abruzzo has performed and voiced more than 200 characters throughout her career. She was an original cast member of the puppet musical Avenue Q, for which she won a 2004 Tony nomination, a Theatre World Award, a special Outer Critics Circle Award (for Outstanding Ensemble and Puppet Artistry), as well as a 2003 Drama Desk nomination for the show's Off-Broadway run.

Bio

D'Abruzzo first made contact with the Muppets through David Rudman. Rudman informed D'Abruzzo that the Jim Henson Company was having a huge casting call for female performers. She went to New York to auditioned, made all the cuts, but was only placed in a talent pool that would not necessarily guarantee her future work. A few months later, she went back to participate in a month-long workshop in New York and slowly started becoming a Muppet Performer on Sesame Street.

Other than Oobi, D'Abruzzo has performed and voiced nearly 200 characters for various projects including Bear in the Big Blue House, Donna's Day, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, Binyah Binyah!, The Puzzle Place, Rory's Place, Sheep in the Big City and The Book of Pooh.

Despite her extensive work with the Muppets, D'Abruzzo first gained greater recognition as an original cast member of the puppet musical Avenue Q where she originated the characters of Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut. Her performance garnered her a 2004 Tony nomination, a Theatre World Award, a special Outer Critics Circle Award (for Outstanding Ensemble and Puppet Artistry), as well as a 2003 Drama Desk nomination for the show's Off-Broadway run.

D'Abruzzo's television credits outside of her work as a puppeteer include an appearance on the musical episode of Scrubs and as a commentator on I Love the 70s: Volume 2. As a voice actress, she was heard in the animated series Sheep in the Big City (as Lady Richington, Swanky, and Lisa Rental). In 2013, she performed in the direct-to-DVD release Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map (as puppeteer and voice of Velma and Shirley).

Roles

Other credits

  • Sesame Street - Various characters, including Prairie Dawn since 2016
  • The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss - Various characters
  • The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland - Grizzy, Pesties
  • Bear in the Big Blue House - Juner
  • The Muppets Take Over Today - Pokey
  • Families Stand Together - Flea Market Lady Monster
  • When Families Grieve - Aunt Jill
  • Scrubs - Ex Ray
  • Julie's Greenroom - Peri

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Cast members Heather AschJennifer BarnhartCheryl BlaylockLisa BuckleyTyler BunchKevin ClashFrankie CorderoStephanie D'AbruzzoJames GodwinTim LagasseNoel MacNealMatt Vogel
Other crew Josh SeligJared FaberJohn Montagna
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