STEPHANIE D'ABRUZZO (b. December 7th, 1971) has been a SESAME STREET Muppeteer since 1993. In that time she has performed a myriad of background characters, & recorded vocals for a number of songs, including "Sing" & "Brothers & Sisters" (with John Tartaglia). Her major characters of note have included Elizabeth, a loud but cheerful little girl; Lulu, a curious monster (whom D'ABRUZZO helped to develop); & most recently in Season 34, Baby Bear’s little sister, Curly Bear. She also voiced the GROUCH named SLAM a member of OSCAR THE GROUCH’s alternate GROUCH band. She also provided the voice of GRIZZY in The Adventures of Elmo in GROUCHland, & The Adventures of Elmo in GROUCHland: Sing & Play, along with the voice of OSCAR’s sister BUNNY on SESAME STREET.
D'ABRUZZO 1st 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 place in a talent pool that wouldn’t necessarily guarantee her future work. A few months later, she went back to participate in a month-long workshop in New York & slowly started becoming a Muppet Performer on SESAME STREET. Her first day of performing was November 3rd, 1993 in Episode 3162, where she played Monster# 3.
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 & Lucy the Slut. Her performance garnered her a 2004 Tony nomination, a Theatre World Award, a special Outer Critics Circle Award (for Outstanding Ensemble & Puppet Artistry), as well as a 2003 Drama Desk nomination for the show’s Off-Broadway run. In December 2005, D'ABRUZZO ended her run with the project after more than 2.5 years to pursue roles in I Love You Because, & worked with Bobby Lopez again on the studio album for the Walt Disney World stage show Finding Nemo: the Musical (as Sheldon & Deb). Her previous stage credit s include Skitch Henderson’s New Faces of 2004 at Carnegie Hall, Carnival & Chess.
- SESAME STREET: BUNNY THE GROUCH , Bed, Bongo, Curly Bear, Googel, Grandmama Bear, Lulu, Elizabeth, Super Grover’s Mommy, Rapunzel, Carrie UnderWORM (Muppetry only), Diva D'Abruzzo, Kate Pierson Muppet, Madlenka, Mariela, Mary Mary Quite Contrary, Mrs. Turow, Mimsy, Pipe Organ, "house of twigs" Pig (4145), Vanna Banana, Liz Lemon, Sharpay (voice), Slam, The Super Foods cheese, Shoe, Jacket, Tumbleweed, Elmo’s grandmother, Prairie Dawn (2015 - present), Muncha Lisa
- The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss: Admiral Abigail Breeze, Annie DeLoo, Backup Singer, Bunny, The Cheese, Civil Servant# 4 , Daisy-Head Mayzie, Dolores Nooly, Elise, Eskimo Kid, Fiona Phish, Goofy Gargaloof, Green-Tufted Sneel, Happy Announcer, Heather Tidbiddle, Iguana From Xanadu, Jane Kangaroo, Lady from "Up With Folks", Little Cat B, Lulu, Ma Blozzit, Mandy, Max (the Grinch’s dog), Megan Mullally , Mom Jalloo, Morton's Yellow Friend, Mrs. Dorfman, Nola Nicola Raphaella Miraldo, Pam-I- Am, Poodle That Doodles, Sally Spingel Spungel Sporn, Sarah Hall-Small, Space Creature, Sue Snue, Tallullah, The Travel Poohbah
- SESAME STREET Jam: A Musical Celebration: Oinker Sister (uncredited Muppeteer only in the big final number)
- The Adventures of Elmo in GROUCHland: GRIZZY, Pestie
- The Adventures of Elmo in GROUCHland: Sing & Play: GRIZZY, Pestie
- Bear in the Big Blue House: Juner Tutter
- Telling the Truth: Additional Muppeteer
- Elmopalooza: Additional Muppeteer & Muppeteering Amphibian Band for the "Caribbean Amphibian" number.
- CinderElmo: Queen/Mouse
- SESAME STREET Goes to the Doctor: Additional Muppeteer
- Elmo’s Magic Cookbook: Jean the Genie
- Elmo’s World: Happy Holidays: Lavender Caroler
- Bert & Ernie’s Word Play: Flo, The Frosty Four
- Kids' Favorite Country Songs: Monica the Harmonica, Mousey
- Dinosaurs: The Fairy Information Operator
- MasterCard commercial
- Carnival: Additional Muppeteer
- A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa
- Families Stand Together: Flea Market Lady Monster
- When Families Grieve: Aunt Jill
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- STEPHANIE D'ABRUZZO on the Muppet Wiki
- STEPHANIE D'ABRUZZO on the Puppet Wiki
- STEPHANIE D'ABRUZZO on the OSCAR THE GROUCH Wiki
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