Hi, I’m Jake. My work takes many forms — puppeteer, poeteer, actor, singer, consultant and coach — but it’s all driven by a love of telling engaging stories for multigenerational audiences, stories that speak to the wisdom in children and the wonder in grown-ups. I’ve toured the US with the Jim Henson Company, collaborated with picture book legends Eric Carle and Sandra Boynton, and have worked off-Broadway (in the original cast of the Drama Desk-nominated The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show), at Seattle Children’s Theatre, at Town Hall, on Sesame Street, with Sesame Street in Communities, and with The Muppets.
I’m an alum of the Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Conservatory and the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, and I’ve had the pleasure of writing, studying, and teaching on the Highlights Foundation campus, the original home of Highlights Magazine. I’m an animation voiceover/puppetry coach with Great Big Voices, and I’ve independently designed puppetry and character development workshops for Prospect Theatre Company, Two River Theatre Company, and the Mid-Atlantic Voiceover Conference. Currently, I’m developing my debut picture book and serving as the Associate Director on The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show as it embarks on its first national tour around the US. I call New York City home.