Kevin Smith is a puppeteer and puppet builder, currently working towards his Master of Fine Arts in Puppetry at the University of Connecticut. He recently received his Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Puppetry at West Virginia University. Kevin recently served in the United States Navy Seabees, as a Construction Mechanic Third Class. It was there that he served in Afghanistan on a convoy security team. After serving, Kevin returned to WVU, where he wrote, directed, and starred in his own puppet productions such as Dr. Stein: a Puppets Prometheus and The Three Little Pigs. He later reorganized the University's touring puppet program (puppetmobile) and was the instructor for an introduction to puppetry class. He is very eager to bring back Yeti and the Sass and hopefully many more puppet friends with Ben Levesque and Missing Link Puppet Co.
njamin Levesque is an actor, puppeteer and puppet builder specializing in Muppet-style and digital puppetry, based in Boston, MA.
Currently he works his "day job" as the Performing Arts teacher at Roxbury Preparatory Charter School in Boston. Most recently Ben performed at Hershey's Chocolate World as a Digital Puppeteer for their permanent 4D attraction. This unique blend of live digital puppetry with a story driven animated film is the first show of its kind. During his time in West Virginia, Ben served as co-owner and chief puppeteer for Sassafrass Junction Puppet Theater, and it's later
series spin-off, Starship Sassafrass.
A multi-talented performer, Ben has worked as a touring puppeteer for three professional puppet companies over the last ten years, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Puppetry and Theatre for Youth from West Virginia University and a master's in teaching from the Sposato Graduate School of Education. Ben has built and designed puppets for several professional puppet companies as well as for many productions for West Virginia University such as The Ice wolf, Caucasian Chalk Circle, and Poe. A member of UNIMA and the Puppeteers of America, Ben's training stretches all types of puppetry performance. He has attended and even guest lectured workshops at the Puppeteers of America national puppetry conference. As an educator, Ben has taught puppetry workshops in schools and day cares across the country. He has taught theater, puppetry, storytelling, and improv for children of all ages at such locations as Roxbury Prep, Camp Uncommon, WVU Community Art Program, Camp Lohikan in Lake Como, Pa, the Alban Arts and Conference Center, St. Albans, WV and Tiny Tot Day Care in Assonet, Ma. He also did a brief stint as a Math teacher, but he doesn't really like to talk about those dark days in this happy place...
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