“Sesame Street” has welcomed Megan Piphus Peace as the first black female puppeteer! The Vanderbilt University graduate is making history by playing the 6-year-old Black Muppet, Gabrielle. The highly-praised Muppet show was working on “The Power of We,” a racial justice workshop that featured the Gabrielle character.
In 2017 and 2018, Peace submitted an audition tape for the show before she connected with Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, who plays Abby Cadabby. Then, in March 2020, Matt Vogel, “Sesame Street‘s” puppet captain reached out to Peace, asking if she’d be interested in “Muppet-style puppetry.” After a rigorous hiring process, which included a workshop that showcases one’s skills as a puppeteer and actor in person, Peace was onboard!
Viewers may recognize Peace from her appearances on “America’s Got Talent” and the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” back in 2013. During both shows, Peace won over the judges and audiences not only for her ventriloquism but with her powerful vocal chops! It’s not surprising as Peace started puppetry and ventriloquism at ten – with the help of old-school VHS tapes!