Heather Henson

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Heather Henson
Heather Beth Henson

(1970-12-19) December 19, 1970 (age 48)
Alma materRhode Island School of Design
OccupationProducer, puppeteer
Years active1971–present
Parent(s)Jim Henson
Jane Henson
RelativesLisa Henson (sister)
Cheryl Henson (sister)
Brian Henson (brother)
John Henson (brother)

Heather Beth Henson (born December 19, 1970, in New York City) is a contemporary puppet artist. She serves on The Jim Henson Company, The Jim Henson Legacy, and the Jim Henson Foundation Boards of Directors. She is also a Trustee of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Connecticut.[1]

Early life[edit]

Heather Henson was born in New York City, the youngest child of Jim (1936–1990) and Jane Henson (1934–2013).[2] She has four siblings: Lisa Henson (born 1960), Cheryl Henson (born 1961), Brian Henson (born 1963), and John Henson (1965–2014).[3]


She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and attended the California Institute of the Arts.[3] Her on-screen appearances include the Number Three Ball Film and The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Storyteller episode "Hans My Hedgehog," the role of Prince Kermit in The Frog Prince,[4] as well as Frank Oz's film Little Shop of Horrors.[5]

Heather is the owner of IBEX Puppetry[6] which is an entertainment company dedicated to promoting the art of puppetry in all of its various mediums, including stage, cinema and gallery exhibitions. IBEX projects include Handmade Puppet Dreams,[7] The Orlando Puppet Festival,[8] The Puppet Slam Network[9] and environmental spectacles including "Panther and Crane," a drama about preserving the Florida ecosystem in modern times.[10]


  1. ^ "Board of Trustees". The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  2. ^ Burke, David (23 January 2009). "Beyond the Muppets: Jim Henson's daughter creates a new generation of puppets". Quad City Times. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b "The Henson Family". Henson.com. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Jim Henson's Red Book". Henson.com. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  5. ^ Mancini, Mark (17 September 2015). "11 Bloodthirsty Facts About Little Shop of Horrors". Mentalfloss. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Heather Henson Presents". Harbor Front Center. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  7. ^ "HANDMADE PUPPET DREAMS VOL VII". Festival of Animated Objects. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  8. ^ Shepherd, Lindy T (21 October 2009). "Performing Arts: Orlando Puppet Festival". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Performance Calendar". Windham Arts. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  10. ^ Martinson, Ken T (12 September 2008). "Henson blends winter guard with puppetry in Panther & Crane". Marching.com. Retrieved 9 May 2017.

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