Summary

Independent entertainment professional with over 35 years of experience as an actor, puppeteer, director and teacher. My ongoing activities include: • Teaching a class in and directing performances of the advanced improvisation class at College of the Canyons; • Directing selected episodes of the Emmy-nominated PBS series "Sid the Science Kid"; • Performing monthly in the improv show "Puppet Up - Uncensored" to sold out audiences at the Avalon in Hollywood; • Pursuing on-camera and on-stage acting opportunities. Interested in academic opportunities; directing assignments.

Work History

Work History
Feb 2008 - Present

Director

The Jim Henson Company
  • Directed episodes of the Emmy-nominated PBS program Sid the Science Kid
  • Delivered half-hour episodes while working with engineers, designers, production personnel and business stake holders
  • Edited scripts 
  • Ensured that the look and feel of the show exceeded audience and stake holder expectations
Aug 2007 - Present

Theatre Instructor

College of the Canyons
  • Directed and hosted the school’s advanced improvisational performance group, which rehearsed in the evenings and performed on the weekends
  • Built up improv program, doubling the number of sections of basic improv class and successfully moving many of those students into the performance class
  • Built audiences for the campus performing group, which played to standing-room-only crowds and served as a recruitment tool for the improv classes and the theatre department in general
  • Executed all departmental duties and responsibilities, including professional development
  • Fulfilled all classroom obligations, such as syllabus creation and grade reporting
  • Assured that professional and academic standards were maintained.
1990 - Present

Puppeteer

The Jim Henson Company

Longtime lead puppeteer with the world-renowned Jim Henson Company. Performed lead characters in TV series such as "Dinosaurs" and movies such as "Dr. Dolittle."

  • Performed in numerous television and film projects with the Muppets, as well as non-Muppet productions for film, television, the Internet and live appearances
  • Original member of the improvisational performance group, Puppet Up! - Uncensored, which performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Improv in West Hollywood, and, currently, at the Avalon Hollywood
  • One of perhaps two dozen people worldwide with extensive experience performing computer-generated characters in real-time, using advanced puppetry and motion-capture technology
  • One of only a half-dozen people with experience both performing and directing with such technology
  • Developed and wrote the user manual for the Jim Henson Company’s Academy-Award-winning performance system
Jan 1973 - Present

Actor/Puppeteer/Director

No-Company

I am an independent performing arts professional, with extensive experience as an actor, puppeteer and director. See my full resume at nowcasting.com/allantrautman or at allantrautman.com.

  • Performed in over 165 television episodes as a series regular on two different series
  • Performed in numerous other professional theatre, film, television and commercial projects
  • Nominated for two prime-time Emmy Awards for Individual Performance in a Music, Variety or Comedy Show
  • Member, Actors Equity Association, SAG, AFTRA
Apr 2001 - Jul 2001

Puppeteer

Amblin Entertainment; Columbia Pictures

"MEN IN BLACK II"

Sep 1996 - Mar 1998

Puppeteer

The Jim Henson Company

"MUPPETS TONIGHT"

Sep 1995 - Mar 1998

Puppeteer; series regular

Touchstone Television; Warner Bros. Television

"UNHAPPILY EVER AFTER" Lead puppeteer for character of Mr. Floppy.

Mar 1997 - Jun 1997

Lead puppeteer; performance coordinator

20th Century Fox

"DR. DOLITTLE" Functioning essentially as director of puppetry for the animatronic creatures, I coordinated rehearsals, assigned puppeteers, oversaw programming of the characters' lip-sync, and worked with the director to achieve the shots she desired. I was the lead puppeteer for the characters of Lucky the dog, the tiger, one of the rats, one of the pigeons.

Apr 1996 - Aug 1996

Puppeteer

Amblin Entertainment & Columbia Pictures

"MEN IN BLACK"

Feb 1994 - Jun 1994

Puppeteer; character lead

Kennedy Miller Productions & Universal Pictures

'BABE" I was the sole American puppeteer on this Australian production. I was the lead performer for the characters of Ferdinand the duck, Rex the dog (voiced by Hugo Weaving) and Duchess, the Hoggett's spoiled cat. I also assisted with various sheep and mice.

Nov 1991 - Mar 1993

Series regular

The Jim Henson Company & Walt Disney Television

"DINOSAURS" Animatronic performance puppeteer for the lead character of Fran Sinclair, as well as puppeteer for numerous other characters.

Apr 1984 - Sep 1984

Actor

Hemdale Film

Tarman in "RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD"

Education

Education

Skills

Skills

Improv

Performs regularly with the international smash comedy improv hit Puppet Up - Uncensored. HBO Comedy Festival, Aspen CO TBS television special Edinburgh Fringe Festival Melbourne International Comedy Festival Sydney Comedy Festival The Improv, Hollywood Now performing monthly at the Avalon Hollywood

Puppetry

Longtime lead puppeteer with the world-renowned Jim Henson Company. Performed lead characters in TV series such as "Dinosaurs" and movies such as "Dr. Dolittle." Performed in numerous television and film projects with the Muppets, as well as non-Muppet productions for film, television, the Internet and live appearances Original member of the improvisational performance group, Puppet Up! - Uncensored, which performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Improv in West Hollywood, and, currently, at the Avalon Hollywood One of perhaps two dozen people worldwide with extensive experience performing computer-generated characters in real-time, using advanced puppetry and motion-capture technology One of only a half-dozen people with experience both performing and directing with such technology Developed and wrote the user manual for the Jim Henson Company’s Academy-Award-winning performance system