Austin Michael Costello is a Puppet Artist from Long Island, New York.  Growing up as a certified (*or is it certifiable?) Muppet geek, he pursued his love of dolly-wiggling.  Costello received his BFA in Puppet Arts from The University of Connecticut’s Puppet Arts Program in 2015 and he has since gone on to work for Puppet Kitchen’s monthly Monitor Night, in The Jim Henson Company’s New York Shop and Archives, and as an assistant puppeteer on Sesame Street.  He has built large stage puppets for Beauty and The Beast, Pippin, Little Shop of Horrors, and other local productions.  His geekiness bloomed in 2017 when part of his Muppet collection was put on display at Museum of The Moving Image in New York as a part of The Jim Henson Exhibition.  He currently works at the Long Island Children’s Museum Theater as the Resident Puppet Artist, assistant to the Theater Manager, and as a technician.

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