Emmanuel Elpenord is a Brooklyn-born, Coney Island-raised son of Haitians from Marchand Dessalines. His rising career as an actor, puppeteer, and voice-over artist spans nearly a decade to include credits off-Broadway, nationally, internationally, and New York City-wide. He received rave reviews in the original off-Broadway cast of Disney’s Winnie The Pooh (Rockefeller Productions); The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show; and many seasons of the Drilling Company’s Bryant Park Shakespeare. He also performs at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, a long-standing puppetry institution of NYC. Emmanuel is thrilled to apply his passion and expertise to sharing this meaningful treasure of Haitian culture. 

After engaging the Haiti-born elders of his community about their childhood joys and Krik-Krak memories, Emmanuel will produce dynamic puppet productions of Haitian folktales that speak to the values and ideals they hope to inspire in our youth.