Emily DeCola


I'm thrilled that puppets are finally hip.

I'm Emily DeCola, a freelance designer, performer and director working with puppetry and masks onstage and in TV and film.

My work is based at The Puppet Kitchen, where I work with Michael Schupbach and Eric Wright to design, create and animate all kinds of characters. The Puppet Kitchen is a full-service puppet studio - located in a former commercial bakery -- in New York City's East Village.

While I'm generally based in New York, the puppets have recently taken me to Beijing, China to perform and speak at the International Forum on Puppetry, to Ireland to premiere Lee Breuer's Prelude to Death in Venice and to Reykjavik, Iceland to perform in the third season of Nickelodeon's LazyTown. With other projects, I've traveled to Germany, Australia, Canada...Idaho... and elsewhere.

Theatrical credits include Hamlet (Public Theater - Shakespeare in the Park - May 2008!),The Tempest (The Acting Company), Peter & Wendy and A Prelude to Death in Venice (Mabou Mines), Serendib (Ensemble Studio Theater), Hansel and Gretel (Houston Grand Opera, designed by Basil Twist) Pericles and Revengers Tragedy (Red Bull Theater) CARRIE (PS 122, co-design with Basil Twist and Eric Wright) The Tempest, A Christmas Carol and 1001 Nights (McCarter Theater) Animal Farm (Synapse Productions, co-design), and HATS! The Musical (Harras Theater, Royal George Theater).

My puppets and performance can been seen onscreen in LazyTown (Nickelodeon), Johnny and the Sprites (Disney), Moonfishing (David Michael Friend), Huyghe + Le Corbusier (Pierre Huyghe) and Katalog (Cipher Productions).

I'm a mentee of Master Marionnettist Albrecht Roser, and a member of his Meisterklasse, and have studied with Dan Hurlin and The SITI company, among others. I am a proud recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Project Grant, the 2004 UNIMA Grant for International Study in Puppetry, a YES Foundation Fellowship, and a series of studio space grants from Chashama. Many, many thanks go out to all those who have supported my work!