John Tartaglia

At the young age of 16, John Tartaglia began his career in children's television when he was cast as a puppeteer on the world-renowned Sesame Street. John went on to create, executive produce, and star in his own preschool series Johnny and the Sprites, for Disney Junior. The series was nominated for 8 Emmy awards, including a nomination for "Outstanding Performance in a Children's Series" for Tartaglia. John Stars as KIP on Jim Henson's Word Party on Netflix. He earned a Tony Award Nomination for his Broadway debut in the dual roles of Princeton and the Rod in the hit musical Avenue Q. Other Broadway roles include Lumiere in Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Pinocchio in Shrek the Musical.

As a director, John helmed the national tours of Dinosaur Train Live and Sid the Science Kid Live, Claudio Quest New York Musical Theatre festival, The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan, and Shrek the Musical at the St. Louis Muny, Lord Tom (York Theater), Shrek the Halls (Dreamworks theatricals), Because of Winn Dixie (Arkansas Rep.) and more. John wrote the acclaimed off Broadway musical, Imaginocean, that has been reimagined as a television series, and Splash and Bubbles currently airing on PBS Kids. John plays Splash, Tidy, and Maury and serves as its creator and co-executive producer.