The Society for Misfit Puppets was founded in 2016 as a joint artistic venture between performer, playwright, singer-songwriter/composer and all-around puppet whiz Charlotte Moroz, director Leigh Walter and stage and production manager Dan Kelly. As a collaborative trio they create new work exploring the fusion of puppetry, theatre and music within stories that are important to this moment in history and the future while mining the past for inspiration. Since their inception, the Society has produced concerts of their original work, readings, a dinner theatre variety show, monthly experimental musical theatre pieces and two fully produced workshops. They have employed the work of more than 35 artists and performed at various venues across New York City, Brooklyn, and New Hampshire, including but not limited to Dixon Place, Judson Memorial Church, Standard ToyKraft, Arlene's Grocery, The Aidron Duckworth Museum, Otto's Shrunken Head and St. Lydia's Dinner Church and Coworking space.
LEIGH WALTER (Director)
Leigh Walter is a director and AEA stage manager based in NYC. She’s worked at Lincoln Center, Park Avenue Armory, St Ann’s Warehouse, Goodspeed, La MaMa, Playwright’s Realm and NYTW and has spent her theatre career dedicated to developing new works that are actively engaging to audiences. Select credits include: DIRECTING: Up and Away (Lincoln Center, 2018 remount), The Death of Balder (St. Ann’s Warehouse, Labapalooza), Regret + Time Travel (Dixon Place Puppet BloK), LARP Me Gently (Dixon Place Puppet BloK), ASST. DIRECTING: Campfire (Lincoln Center), The Boy at the Edge of Everything (Lincoln Center), The Power of Emotion (Under the Radar). Leigh has worked with Charlotte Moroz and Dan Kelly for the past three years and together they’ve created and produced over a dozen different theatre performances, including puppet fold musicals, variety shows and improv musicals.
puppet folk musicals, variety shows and improv musicals. SDCF Directing Observership Class 2015-2016. Company Member Trusty Sidekick. B.F.A. Directing, Nebraska Wesleyan University. leighwalter.com
charlotte moroz (Deviser/ Playwright / Performer)
Charlotte Moroz is a playwright, singer-songwriter, actor, and puppeteer hailing from Brooklyn, New York. Charlotte has written, performed in and produced over 6 original shows in the past 3 year with “The Society for Misfit Puppets”. Charlotte presents her original work monthly at Otto’s Shrunken Head stage and has most recently presented staged work at Dixon Place and Judson Church. Charlotte has served as a teaching artist for The Puppet Kitchen and Abron’s Art Center and a teaching assistant at HB Studios.
dan kelly (manager)
Current Project: Production Stage Manager, Up And Away, a piece for children on the autism spectrum to be performed as part of the Big Umbrella Festival at Lincoln Center. Recent credits include The Stowaway (Trusty Sidekick, Classic Stage Company), Theatre for One (Christine Jones, Artistic Director), Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (National Tour), Sleep No More (punchdrunk), The Boy at the Edge of Everything (Trusty Sidekick, Lincoln Center), Puffs (Tilted Windmills Theatricals), Meet Me at the Fountain (Lincoln Center) and Puppet Playlist (Ongoing Series, Sinking Ship Productions). He is a company member of Trusty Sidekick.