Tim Lagasse

Tim Lagasse
Born Timothy Lagasse
Milford, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Puppeteer, filmmaker
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Melissa Johnson (m. 2009)[1]
Website http://hello.timlagasse.com

Timothy Lagasse is an American puppeteer, puppet designer, and filmmaker. He has worked on television programs and films for Sesame Workshop, Nickelodeon, Disney XD, and HBO.

Lagasse has been nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards.[2] In 1991, he became the first individual to receive the Jim Henson Memorial Prize in Puppetry.[3] In 1993, he was presented with a Citation for Excellence by UNIMA.[4] Later in the same year, he received a Broadcast Design Silver Award for his series of short films, A Show of Hands.[5]


Lagasse hails from Milford, Connecticut. He attended St. Mary's School and Notre Dame High School in West Haven.[6] He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1992[7] with a BFA in Puppet Arts.[8]

One of Lagasse's earliest roles was as Mr. Cook on the Nickelodeon series Allegra's Window.[6] He is also known for playing the title character on Noggin's Oobi series[9] and Crash on Disney XD's Crash & Bernstein.[10] He has performed additional characters on Sesame Street, The Muppets and the 2008 film A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa.[11] In addition to his performance credits, he has build puppets for The Jim Henson Company[12] and Puppet Heap.[13]

Lagasse also teaches the art of puppetry, lecturing at the Lincoln Center Foundation and instructing students on modern puppetry techniques at the University of Connecticut's Puppet Arts Program.[14] In 2011, he offered workshops on building puppets at the University of Central Arkansas as part of Heather Henson's Handmade Puppet Dreams Film Festival.[15][16] In 2012, he traveled to Haiti with No Strings Productions as a puppet workshop trainer.[17]


Year Title Credit(s) Role(s) Ref.
1994–1996 Allegra's Window Principal puppeteer Mr. Cook
1995–1998 Nick in the Afternoon
  • Principal puppeteer
  • Puppet designer
  • Puppet coordinator
Additional puppets [18]
1995 Weinerville Guest puppeteer Coach Loogi [19]
1996–1998 The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss Ensemble puppeteer Fox in Socks
Junior Kangaroo
Little Cat P
1997–2006 Bear in the Big Blue House Ensemble puppeteer Jet Setter Tutter [19]
1998–2000 A Little Curious
  • Principal puppeteer
  • Puppet coordinator
  • Puppet builder
2000– Sesame Street Ensemble puppeteer Additional puppets [20]
2000–2010 Between the Lions
  • Principal puppeteer
  • Puppet designer
  • Director
Arty Smartypants
Barnaby B. Busterfield III
2000–2005 Oobi
  • Principal puppeteer
  • Puppet coordinator
  • Director (shorts)
2001–2003 The Book of Pooh Ensemble puppeteer Additional puppets [17]
2003–2006 Chappelle's Show Puppet coordinator [23]
2003–2006 The Paz Show
  • Principal puppeteer
  • Puppet coordinator
Paz [24]
2003–2006 Blue's Clues Puppet designer (Blue's Room segments) [25]
2004–2007 Blue's Room Puppet designer [25]
2005–2009 Johnny and the Sprites
  • Principal puppeteer
  • Director (one episode)
Basil [26]
2006–2010 It's a Big Big World
  • Principal puppeteer
  • Director (seven episodes)
Wartz the Frog
Ick the Catfish
2007 Imagination Movers Puppet designer [28]
2008 A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa Ensemble puppeteer Additional puppets [11]
2010 The Electric Company Director (ten episodes) [29]
2012–2014 Crash & Bernstein Principal puppeteer Crash [30]
2015–2016 The Muppets Ensemble puppeteer Additional puppets [31]

Awards and nominations

Year Presenter Category/Award Work Status Ref.
1991 University of Connecticut Jim Henson Memorial Prize in Puppetry N/A Won [3]
1993 Union Internationale de la Marionette Citation for Excellence A Show of Hands Won [4]
Broadcast Design International Broadcast Design Silver Award Won [5]
2003 30th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Single Camera Editing Between the Lions Nominated [32]
2004 31st Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design/Styling Nominated [33]
Outstanding Achievement in Single Camera Editing Nominated [34]
2005 American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Design Award Uncle Jimmy's Dirty Basement Nominated [35]


  1. "Melissa Johnson and Timothy Lagasse". The New York Times. 5 November 2009.
  2. "UConn to Host National Puppetry Festival". Hartford Courant. 3 August 2015.
  3. 1 2 "UConn Puppet Arts Timeline" (PDF). Eugene O'Neill Theatre. 1 July 2015.
  4. 1 2 "41 Years of Citations - UNIMA". Union Internationale de la Marionette.
  5. 1 2 Lagasse, Timothy. "Tim Lagasse Credits".
  6. 1 2 3 Amarante, Joe (5 October 2012). "Milford guy's great puppet caper continues with 'Crash' on Disney XD". New Haven Register.
  7. Eaton-Robb, Pat (3 November 2013). "UConn expands puppet arts program". Portland Press Herald.
  8. "15th O'Neill National Puppetry Conference" (PDF). Eugene O'Neill Theatre. 15 June 2005.
  9. "Oobi Does It". Newsweek. 1 October 2004.
  10. "Puppeteer Lagasse lends a hand on Disney XD's hit Crash & Bernstein". New York. 6 May 2013.
  11. 1 2 "Tim Lagasse: Crash & Bernstein". Starmedia. 4 June 2014.
  12. "Jane Henson's Nativity Story to Air on Christmas Eve on CBS". Puppeteers.org. 4 December 2013.
  13. "Exit Row 1 - Puppet Heap". Puppet Heap.
  14. Lagasse, Timothy. "About Tim Lagasse". TimLagasse.com.
  15. "Heather Henson to Bring Handmade Puppet Dreams Film Festival to UCA". University of Central Arkansas. 19 August 2011.
  16. "Puppets to Invade Your Dreams". The Fountain. 12 September 2011.
  17. 1 2 "Associate Artists - No Strings Productions". NoStringsProductions.org. No Strings Productions.
  18. 1 2 "Who's Tremendous - Once Upon a Tree". OnceUponATree.com. Archived from the original on 27 June 2002.
  19. 1 2 3 Lagasse, Timothy. "Tim Lagasse - Puppet Performer Resume". TimLagasse.com.
  20. Andreeva, Nellie. "Disney XD Greenlights Live-Action/Puppet Comedy Series 'Crash & Bernstein'". Deadline.com. Deadline.
  21. "Between the Lions Project Team". Sirius Thinking.
  22. "Josh Selig, Little Airplane Productions". Gothamist.com. Gothamist.
  23. Mathew Klickstein (24 September 2013). Slimed!: An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age. Penguin Publishing Group. pp. 163–. ISBN 978-1-101-61409-9.
  24. "Paz - Kids First! Film Festival". KidsFirst.org. Coalition for Quality Children's Media. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  25. 1 2 Fresh, Anney. "Puppets - Anney Fresh".
  26. "Johnny and the Sprites Cast and Crew". Disney.com. The Walt Disney Company.
  27. "2015 National Puppetry Festival Attendees" (PDF). Eugene O'Neill Theatre. 1 July 2015.
  28. "Exclusive 'Crash & Bernstein' Clip for Monday's Premiere". Wired. 5 October 2012.
  29. Lagasse, Timothy. "The Electric Company - Tim Lagasse". TimLagasse.com.
  30. Crooks, Amy (9 August 2013). "Tim Lagasse and Crash at the 2013 D23 Expo". Dis411.net. The Walt Disney Company.
  31. Lagasse, Timothy. "The Muppets - Tim Lagasse". TimLagasse.com.
  32. "30th Daytime Emmy Awards Nominations" (PDF). EmmyOnline.org. National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 12 March 2003.
  33. "31st Daytime Emmy Awards Nominations" (PDF). EmmyOnline.org. National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 4 March 2004.
  34. "31st Daytime Emmy Awards Program Telecast" (PDF). EmmyOnline.org. National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 15 May 2004.
  35. "2005 Henry Hewes Design Awards Nominations". BroadwayWorld.com. Broadway World. 15 August 2005.
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