WonderSpark Puppets is a New York City based puppet theater company led by Chad Williams and Z Briggs. The company's mission is to spread joy, spark imagination and share laughter through high quality puppet performances. They have partnered with brands like Bed Bath & Beyond, CAMP, NYC Public Schools and the New York Public Library. They have toured internationally, bringing original productions and puppetry workshops to festivals in Thailand and Taiwan. Since mid-March 2020 they have been streaming live puppet shows for families in quarantine and streaming schools.
Our mission is to spread joy, spark imagination and share laughter through high quality puppet performances.
Lindsey 'Z.' Briggs
Z. attended the MFA Puppetry program at the University of Connecticut and has been the manager of the Jim Henson Foundation since 2008. Her innovative hand puppet course for professionals working with kids / adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Making Connections Through Puppetry, has empowered teachers, professionals and parents.
This innovative program originated through the Jim Henson Foundation and was supported by the Museum of the Moving Image. Z. spoke about her experiences and techniques as a guest lecturer Carnegie-Melon University and Yale University.
She is currently the voice of Foley on The Sesame Street Podcast with Foley and Friends and has co-curated and produced 4 international puppetry film festivals at BAM.
Chad has toured and taught puppetry internationally and is a current Fulbright Specialist. He has written, directed, and performed over 15 puppet plays for family audiences with hundreds of shows every year. He is a current board member of UNIMA-USA.
His original solo hand puppet show, Fox Fables, was selected for the 1st International Puppet Fringe Festival NYC and the Siam Paragon Asean Fascinating Puppets Festival in Thailand. He also performed his solo tabletop puppet play Three Little Pigs in Taiwan at the 1st Lize International Puppet Festival.
He is a 12 year member of the improv troupe These Guy Are Sick and has hosted puppet gameshows for families at the Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital every month for 10 years. From 2013-17 he produced and was the artistic director for the biggest video game film festival in the world, Games on Film. He earned a BFA in Media Arts (magna cum laude) from the State University of New York at Fredonia.
We want to acknowledge our amazing performing partners whose amazing efforts over the years have helped us get to where we are today. A big thank you to Jamie Moore, Jess Simon, Jenny Hann, Christina Rodriguez and Julia Darden.
"Thanks to this couple's ingenious idea, WonderSpark Puppets come to you. From birthday parties to schools and any venue you can imagine, the husband-wife duo behind the company brings classics such as Three Little Pigs and The Little Red Hen to life. These colorful, whimsical characters even make their way to Mt. Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital to spread some cheer." - TimeOut New York Kids