The Society for Misfit Puppets was founded in 2016 as a joint artistic venture between performer, playwright, musician and all around puppet whiz Charlotte Moroz, director Leigh Walter and stage and production manager Dan Kelly. As a collaborative they create new and groundbreaking work exploring the fusion of puppetry, theatre and music while telling 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 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 and Brooklyn, including but not limited to Dixon Place, Standard Toykraft, Arlene's Grocery, Otto's Shrunken Head and St. Lydia's Dinner Church and Coworking space.
LEIGH WALTER (Creative Director)
Leigh Walter is a director and AEA stage manager. She’s worked at Lincoln Center, Park Avenue Armory, Goodspeed, La MaMa, and NYTW. DIRECTING: LARP Me Gently,(Dixon Place), Empanelment, Empanelment (Society for Misfit Puppets), Great Puppet Musical Review (Standard ToyKraft), Up and Away (Lincoln Center, Assoc.D), Campfire(Lincoln Center, Asst.D), Blossom (Dixon Place, Asst.D). Leigh has worked with Charlotte Moroz and Dan Kelly for the past two years and together they’ve created and produced over a dozen different theatre performances, including puppet 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 (writer / Performer)
Charlotte Moroz is a singer-songwriter, actor, playwright 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”. Originally from Vermont, Charlotte served in Mozambique as a Peace Corps volunteer and studied with The Studio/New York Conservatory. Charlotte serves as a teaching artist for The Puppet Kitchen, teaching assistant at HB Studios, and recently served as teaching artist at Abron’s Art Center. Charlotte presents her original work monthly at Otto’s Shrunken Head stage.
dan kelly (manager)
Current Project: Production Stage Manager, The Stowaway, a new work for young audiences created by Trusty Sidekick for Classic Stage Company. Recent credits include 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) and Meet Me at the Fountain (Lincoln Center). He is a company member of Trusty Sidekick.