Every week we'll bring you into our crazy lives as performers + parents of two extremely different boys in New York.
Chad and Z. are co-artistic directors of WonderSpark Puppets. Photo by Marty Timm.
Z. and Chad met in undergrad at SUNY Fredonia in Western NY. They dated for a bit - until Z. left to take the MFA Puppetry program at UCONN.
Later reconnecting, they moved to NYC together on April 1st, 2006 and Chad worked for three years in the TV / film industry while Z performed, built puppets, and worked with Chad on several web video series.
In 2009, Z needed a second hand with a puppet slam piece, and Chad needed a career change. Together they formed WonderSpark Puppets!
After marrying in 2008 and performing together as puppeteers, their next big milestone was having kids. They had two boys - Leif in 2013 and Finn in 2015.
Each maternity leave brought someone new into WonderSpark to fill in for Z.'s roles, and eventually they wound up with two amazing performing partners. With the puppet company doing more shows around NYC and beyond, they hired a part-time manager / third performer.
Their two boys are completely different (like all families) and both Chad and Z. have extremely busy days balancing work and being parents. In 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak forced them to fulfill Z's dream of homeschooling. (it's going okay)