Puppets in Education Staff
Deb W. Lyons – Executive Director
Karen Newman – Master Puppeteer/Educator
Karen’s career as a puppeteer began at age seven when she received a green felt frog (not Kermit) for her birthday. “Fred” entertained friends and family for years, and even showed up at Karen’s wedding. As a first and second grade classroom teacher, Karen co-taught with a team of puppets, who her former students still ask about, even though many of them are now adults. She lives with her husband, two children, puppy, (and dozens of puppets) in Burlington.
Karen Sharpwolf – Program Director/Master Puppeteer/Educator
Puppeteering provided Karen a great opportunity to play with her grandmother who was in a wheelchair. After years of trying to perform behind the couch, Karen’s grandmother bought her a special curtain that hung in a door frame and had sliding curtains and multiple holes for puppets to pop out of. They would take turns being the audience and puppeteer and spent many hours in the hallway outside Karen’s bedroom door. The vinyl 1975 curtain still smells brand new and is now in Karen’s daughter’s room.
Sarah Vogelsang-Card – Operations Director
Sarah ‘s love for the performing arts started as a proud elephant in her Pre-K production of Noah’s Ark. She has a background in the arts and loves to teach. The Puppets are so much a part of her life they were honored guests at her Halloween wedding and even came in costumes. Sarah lives in Burlington with her trusty “script helper” husband and two very furry cats who think the puppets are exciting new friends when ever they come over.
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