Leslie Carrara-Rudolph is a multi-faceted performer and puppeteer with a wide variety of characters and talents.
Currently in workshop, is Leslie's new one-woman show called, "Lolly presents 'Doyle Unleashed'" which she wrote and performs as herself, as well as several of her original puppet characters. Complete with original songs and audience participation, the show is a real must see.
Carrara-Rudolph's current television work spans a variety of acclaimed children's television programs, including Sesame Street, on which she currently plays the fairy-God-daughter in training, Abby Cadabby. She also just wrapped 2 1/2 years performing as the spunky sprite Ginger, on the Disney Channel’s musical show Johnny & The Sprites.
Carrara-Rudolph's stage credits include the current Off-Broadway production of "Stuffed & Unstrung" from Henson Alternative, the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival with the Jim Henson Puppet Improv “Puppet Up”, as well as traveling to Australia with the group last year for two more comedy festivals. Leslie has also has had success with her own one-woman cabaret-variety show, Young at Heart which she wrote and produced. Recently, her newest show Lolly Presents, "Doyle Unleashed!" played sold out shows at the Chevron Family Festival at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, CA for the past 4 years.
Leslie has also worked on a number of Henson Company productions and in the DVD series Sesame Beginnings for Sesame Workshop. Additionally, Carrara-Rudolph was a member of the PBS puppet tour that visited shelters in Louisiana and Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
In 2007, Leslie released a new family-friendly CD (available on CD Baby and i-tunes) called “Lolly & Friend’s Spunkinsass” featuring her favorite puppet, Lolly. A follow up to the cult favorite, “Jolly Lolly Holidays” released in 2004, "Spunkinsass" selections have been heard on the famous Dr. Demento Show (Meat Cookies) as well as spawn a video for two of the tunes as well.
Some theatrical roles Leslie has brought to life are Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Maggie in A Chorus Line, Rhetta Cupp in Pump Boys and Dinettes, and her Shellie Award winning supporting actress performance as Beggar Woman in Sweeny Todd. See our newsroom for more theatrical details and reviews.
Originally from the Bay Area of Northern California, Leslie currently finds herself bi-coastal, living in both LA and New York with her talented composer husband Paul Rudolph and their dog Harpo Barks.
In her spare time, Carrara-Rudolph creates artwork and her own brand of magic and joy.