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Rod Young Edit Profile

Puppeteer

Rod Young, Iranian puppeteer. award 1983, Trustee award 1991), Actors Equity, Puppetry Guild Greater New York (exec; award 1987), Alpha Tau Omega. Member International Union Marionette Artists, Puppeteers of America (Northeast award 1983, Trustee award 1991), Actors Equity, Puppetry Guild Greater New York (Executive Board 1962, president 1966-1968, vice president 1989-1990, award 1987), Alpha Tau Omega.

Background

Young, Rod was born on April 16, 1933 in Tehran, Iran. Arrived in United States, 1935, naturalized. Son of Herrick Black and Charlotte Elizabeth Young.

Education

Came to the United States, 1935. Bachelor of Fine Arts, College Williamand Mary, 1957. Puppeteer, WSB-television, Atlanta, 1950-1953.

Instructor puppetryU. Richmond (Virginia), 1954-1957. Free-lance puppeteer, New York City, 1958-1960. Staff New York City Parks and Recreation Marionette Theatre, 1960-1966, director, 1967.

Director, founder creative puppetry program New York City schools and parks, 1967-1971. Free-lance professional puppeteer nationwide. Puppeteer Joan Sutherland television series Who's Afraid of Opera, 1972-1973.

Toured major cities with Raggedy Ann's Surprise, 1976-1977. Producer workshops for children Museum City New York with regular appearances at other major museums on Eastcoast. Also various television appearances, programs for schools, libraries, clubs, private parties.

Board of directors Yueh Lung Shadow Theatre, 1978-1995.

Career

Puppeteer WSB-television, Atlanta, 1950—1953. Instructor puppetry University Richmond (Virginia), 1954—1957. Free-lance puppeteer New York City, 1958—1960.

Staff New York City Parks and Recreation Marionette Theatre, 1960—1966, director, 1967. Founder creative puppetry program New York City schools and parks, 1967—1971. Free-lance professional puppeteer nationwide.

Puppeteer Joan Sutherland television series Who's Afraid Opera, 1972—1973. Toured major cities Raggedy Ann's Surprise, 1976—1977. Producer workshops children Museum City New York.

With Regular Appearances other Major Museum East Coast. Various television appearances Programs Schools, Libraries, Clubs, Private Parties. Board directors Yueh Lung Shadow Theatre, 1978—1995.

With United States Army Reserve, 1953.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals. Editor: public Puppet Theatre Involvement newsletter, 1963, 1967-1987.

Membership

Member of Alpha Tau Omega, Puppetry Guild Greater New York (executive board since 1962, president 1966-1968, vice president 1989-1990, award 1987), Actors Equity, Puppeteers America (Northeast award 1983, Trustee award 1991), International Union Marionette Artists.

Connections

father:
Herrick Black Young

mother:
Charlotte Elizabeth (Young) Young