Michael Latini is a designer, fabricator, puppeteer and co-founder of Monkey Boys Productions. He began working with his carpenter father, performing in musicals, and working backstage as a stagehand, at a young age. This continued throughout college where he studied Metals, Jewelry, and CAD/CAM at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. In 2000, Michael heard his call to puppetry, and found a volunteer position at the O’Neill Puppetry Conference. There he met and learned from the top of the puppetry profession. He then spent the following summer working on multiple productions with Flock Theater. After graduating college, he toured with Bear in the Big Blue House, LIVE!, as Bear. He then moved to NYC where he fabricated and/or puppeteered for Suessical the Musical (National Tour), Flower Drum Song (Broadway), Rugrats LIVE!, Miss Saigon (Broadway), Nosferatu (2003 NYC Fringe), Carnival of the Animals (Carnegie Hall), The Plant that Ate Dirty Socks (Theater Works), Firebird (Carnegie Hall), and Avenue Q(Broadway). Michael then ventured out as the man-eating plant, Audrey II, in the first national tour of Little Shop of Horrors. After returning, he co-founded Monkey Boys Productions. During this time, Michael performed for millions of people throughout North America in two more tours: Walking with Dinosaurs, The Arena Spectacular! and How to Train Your Dragon, Live Spectacular! He has also puppeteered on Saturday Night Live and with the Muppets for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Most recently Michael has been working full time at Monkey Boys Productions, creating puppets and props for SNL, various Broadway shows, and other clients.
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