Tim Lagasse is an award-winning puppeteer, puppet designer, and filmmaker. On Oobi, he played the main character. He also directed the original two-minute shorts and worked as a puppet coordinator for each episode.
He earned his BFA from the University of Connecticut's Puppet Arts Program. Upon graduating, he became the first student to receive the Jim Henson Memorial Prize in Puppetry. In college, he created a series of short films starring bare-handed puppets called A Show of Hands. It won him a number of awards and led to him being noticed by Josh Selig, a writer for Sesame Street who eventually created Oobi. Selig was impressed with Lagasse's bare-handed work and asked him to play Oobi.
Lagasse acts as a puppeteering consultant and creates puppet films for stations like PBS, MTV, HBO, and Nickelodeon. He played puppet lead Crash on the Disney Channel series Crash & Bernstein. He enjoys performing puppetry for a more mature audience also, and does so at various puppet events and slams across New York and New England.
In addition to his performance credits, Tim also teaches the art of puppetry, lecturing at the Lincoln Center Foundation and instructing students on modern television puppet techniques at the Puppet Arts Program at the University of Connecticut and the O'Neill Puppetry Conference.