Pam Arciero is the Artistic Director of the National Puppetry Conference at the O’Neill Theater Center. Pam is a principal puppeteer with Sesame Street, performing numerous characters, most notably Grundgetta Grouch, Oscar’s girlfriend and for the Muppets for over 30 years. She is the Secretary of the
Board of Directors for the Jim Henson Foundation. She has worked on many adult and children’s programs including Between the Lions, Blue’s Clues Blue’s Room, Chappell’s Show, Allegra’s Window, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, TV Funhouse, Oobi, Eureeka’s Castle and The Great Space Coaster. Pam has performed in many commercials and films, including Zappos, Fuze, Angel Soft, Sundance Myths, Sundance Film Festival; Extreme Measures, Little Monsters, and Follow That Bird.
As a stage director, she directed as well as choreographed, Iftah Ya Simsim-Sesame Street Saudi Arabia, Sesame Live Shows for Sesame Place, Beaches Turks and Caicos, Beaches Jamaica, Port Adventura, Barcelona, Spain; Sea World Orlando, Play with Me Sesame Live, US tours, and Disney’s Wahoo Wagon at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles.
Pam directed the film Whiskey Neat, and she has also directed Between the Lions and Oobi for television. Pam has taught for Takalani Sesame, South Africa; the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, the University of Hawaii, Sesame Street International, Taipei National University of the Arts, the University of Connecticut, and California State University, Fresno. Pam’s love and joy for Puppetry is contagious. Pam holds a BA in Dance and Drama from the University of Hawaii and a MA in Puppetry from the University of Connecticut.