Heather B. Henson - Founder and President
Los Angeles Sam Koji Hale - Producer / Director, Handmade Puppet Dreams
Alex U. Griffin - Film Coordinator, Handmade Puppet Dreams
New York Brenna Ross - Associate Producer
Tsering Choedron - Education Program Coordinator
Felicia Monsanto - Executive Assistant
Jessica Simon - Facilities Manager
Orlando Aimee Jordan - General Manager, Florida
Genevieve Bernard - Social Media Manager
Davey Jordan, Curtiss Mitchell, Joe Quillsong, Tecumseh Ceaser, Jason Gullo
Heather B. Henson
Founder and President
Heather 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.
Sam K Hale
Producer, Handmade Puppet Dreams
Sam K. Hale is an award winning filmmaker, designer, and puppetry artist based in Los Angeles. His newest feature, “Yamasong: March of the Hollows,” featuring the voice talents of Nathan Fillion, Frida Pinto, Abigail Breslin, and Whoopi Goldberg, is currently available on DVD and VOD.
Alex U. Griffin
Film Coordinator, Handmade Puppet Dreams
Alex U. Griffin is an award winning cinematographer, photographer and puppeteer based in Los Angeles. He specializes in puppetry films, and recently filmed the all-puppet feature (and HMPD adaption) “Yamasong: March of The Hollows” for Dark Dunes Productions. Alex is also Vice President of the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry and President of the Puppeteers of America.
Associate Producer, Ibex Puppetry
Brenna Ross has worked with various institutions focused on the developments of new works including: The 24 Hour Plays, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, SPACE on Ryder Farm and IBEX Puppetry. Recent projects include: Harmonious Migrations, Crane: on earth, in sky (IBEX Puppetry), The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway (The 24 Hour Plays), and What a Young Girl Ought to Know (Climate Nexus, Art Rising).
Education Program Coordinator, Ibex Puppetry
Tsering, aka Ciren Quzhen, of Lhasa, Tibet, has studied at the American University School of International Service. She is the Education Coordinator for IBEX Puppetry and has co-authored the following Tibetan children's books: A Little Frog and A Crow; Little Shepherd,Little Shepherd, What Are You Doing?; Lhomo Trung Trung and Dhondup.
Facilities Manager, Henson Annex
Jessica Simon is a recipient of an UNIMA Citation of Excellence, support from the Jim Henson Foundation, and was selected as an Emerging Artist at the O'Neill National Puppetry Conference, and a Catapult Artist at the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. As a fabricator she has worked with The Jim Henson Company, Rick Lyon Puppets, Puppet Kitchen, Furry Puppet Studio, and Transformed Puppet. She previously served as co-curator of Nasty, Brutish & Short Puppetry Cabaret at Links Hall, on the Artistic Direction Committee for Puppet Festival (r)Evolution, and made 3 appearances in the National Puppetry Slam.
Aimee graduated from LSU with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology/Human Movement. Most of her experience has been in the medical field creating wellness programs and rehabilitative exercise programs with a focus on natural and holistic medicine.
Although her background is in the sciences, her true passion and recent work has been in the arts and art production.
Social Media Manager
Genevieve Bernard is a choreographer, curator and producer. She earned a master’s degree in dance education from Temple University in Philadelphia and has received awards and fellowships for her choreography. She is the Artistic Director of Voci Dance, where she works collaboratively with dancers and artists with a focus on site-specific work. She has set works at Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art-100 Acres, RISD and The New Victory Theater among others.