Noreen Young

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Noreen Isabel Young, CM (born May 10, 1952) is a Canadian producer and puppeteer, and is still actively involved in puppeteering through her corporation Noreen Young Productions.[1] Young grew up in Ottawa, Ontario.

A Noreen Young caricature puppet

She was the creator of Under the Umbrella Tree, a popular CBC Television children's series that ran from 1987-1993 on the CBC and on the Disney Channel from 1993-1997,[2] and was also the puppeteer for "Dodie", a character on Sesame Park, the Canadian version of Sesame Street.[3] Her puppet characters also appeared on many TVOntario productions including Readalong and Telefrancais.

Young featured in the second Care Bears television special, 1984's The Care Bears Battle the Freeze Machine.

She is also known for her caricature puppets of public figures such as former governor-general Adrienne Clarkson, CBC news anchor Peter Mansbridge and hockey commentator Don Cherry, and of prominent personalities from her hometown of Almonte, Ontario. She currently serves as artistic director of the Puppets Up international puppet festival, held annually in Almonte.[4]

She was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1995.[5]


  1. ^ Dyer, Trish (January 17, 1986). "Creator of beloved puppets tries hand at production". Toronto Star. Retrieved October 25, 2009. 
  2. ^ Under the Umbrella Tree Official Website
  3. ^ Hansen, Sally (September 2005). "Noreen Young - Woman of 1,000 Faces". theHumm. Retrieved October 25, 2009. 
  4. ^ Puppets Up official bio
  5. ^ Order of Canada citation

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