John Tartaglia

John Tartaglia is a Tony, Drama Desk, and Emmy Award nominated actor, puppeteer, theatrical producer and director, with projects in production and in development around the world.

John co-founded the Manhattan-based multimedia family entertainment company Gables Grove Productions, Inc. in 2009 with Michael Shawn Lewis to create and produce original, magical, outstanding projects.  Among Gable’s Grove’s credits:  the international tour (40 U.S. cities, Guatemala, Singapore and Australia) of the Drama Desk Award-nominated Off-Broadway show John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean; the national tour of Jim Henson's Sid The Science Kid Live!; the national tour of Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure; Carnival Cruise Line's Towel Animal Theater; and Carnival Cruise Line's Seuss-a-Palooza. The company works with exceptional leaders in entertainment including Jim Henson Productions; Jim Henson Creature Shop; Out of the Blue Productions; Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines; Carnival Cruise Lines; Walt Disney Creative Entertainment; Walt Disney Imagineering; and Disney Cruise Lines.
Gables Grove has several projects in development including creating and producing national tours of the Hulu hit Doozers, a spin-off of Fraggle Rock; two new musicals for the stage -- The Sky and Little Minute; and several live stage shows for Disney Cruise Lines. In addition, Gables Grove is in development with the Jim Henson Company to adapt the magical world of ImaginOcean into a television series. 

John has been working professionally as a puppeteer since he was 16 years old when he joined Sesame Street – one of the youngest puppeteers in the show’s history. He continues to work on the show regularly as a featured player. He also starred in Sesame Workshop's English-as-a-foreign-language project Sesame English, which airs worldwide, and has appeared in countless Sesame Street video and DVD releases. 

As a television performer, John is best known to millions of fans around the world as "Johnny" from Disney's hit Emmy Award nominated television series Johnny and the Sprites, which he also created and produced. His other television credits – for children and grown-ups – include Bear in the Big Blue House, JoJo's Circus, Blues Room, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, Animal Jam, and Ugly Betty.  He has also done voiceovers for several national television commercials, among them Kmart, Huggies, Nestle, Snuggle, Kool Aid, and Goldfish crackers.

John as Pinocchio in "Shrek the Musical"


On the stage, John received a Tony Award nomination, Theatre World Award, Backstage Award, and Award for his Broadway debut in the roles of Princeton and Rod in Avenue Q. His additional Broadway credits include the role of Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast and the role of Pinocchio in Shrek the Musical. 

Off-Broadway, John created, produced, wrote, and voiced five of the lead characters in John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean which went on to tour around the world, and will back on the road for its third national tour in the fall of 2014. 

Additionally, he has hosted the New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts, and recently was the narrator for The Little Orchestra Society’s performance of The Composer is Dead by Daniel Handler, otherwise known as Lemony Snicket.  In addition to stage and television, John made his feature film debut starring in the independent film Silent But Deadly.

In 2012 he conceived, directed and hosted Jim Henson's Musical World featuring the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, a spectacular unprecedented all-star music and puppet tribute to Henson’s legacy. His other directing credits include Shrek the Musical at the MUNY; Tarzan at the MUNY; and the world premiere of Because of Winn Dixie at The Arkansas Repertory Theatre (music by Duncan Sheik).  He is currently serving as resident director for Avenue Q playing Off-Broadway at New World Stages; and directing Elmo the Musical at Sesame Place, which he also wrote.



John is the host of the popular Sirius/XM Broadway channel weekly radio program Sunday Fun Day with John Tartaglia.
One of the most sought-after puppeteers in the industry, by popular demand John designed a specialized Master Class in puppetry available in New York and Los Angeles, to help nurture both professional and new performers and to help keep the art form thriving

John is on the advisory board of New York Children's Theater Festival, is an ambassador for, and is involved regularly with Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS. He has also worked in the Caribbean to teach arts and theater to children in low income neighborhoods

Born and raised in Maple Shade, NJ, John comes from a long line of performers: his mother is an actress; father is a pianist; grandfather was a clown; and grandmother was a singer. He resides in New York City. 



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