The Puppeteer

The Puppeteer

Who is the puppeteer behind the puppets?  Here is some more information about the talented husband and wife team who create the cast of Wump Mucket Puppets that Terrence brings to life on stage.

Terrence Burke – Creative Director/Principle Puppeteer
Member – Puppeteers of America (2001-Present)
Member – Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild (2001 – Present)
Recipient – Emma Louise Warfield Memorial Scholarship – Puppeteers of America 2013
Graduate – Northeast Broadcasting School, Boston MA 1984

 Wump Mucket Puppets - Terrence Burke headshotWump Mucket Puppets are the culmination of puppeteer Terrence Burke’s lifelong passion for puppetry.  This interest began as a boy, watching  television puppeteers Burr Tillstrom, Fred Rogers, Cosmo Allegretti, and the first season of Sesame Street in 1969, particularly the puppetry of Caroll Spinney
It was Terrence and Lara’s daughter Eleanor who acted as the inspiration to get her daddy’s puppets in front of an audience, when she proudly told her teacher that her father is a puppeteer.  With an invitation to perform for the children in her class, the Wump Mucket Puppets made their public debut in March 2010.

Since that very first performance, Terrence and the Wump Mucket Puppets have performed on stages both large and small, to audiences of all ages, on radio programs, live morning television shows,  a series of television PSAs, and have appeared in two documentary films.

Lara Rumizen – Artist/puppet builder
Member – Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild (2007 – Present)
Attended – Massachusetts College of Art (1988-1990)
Graduate – SHI Integrative Medical Massage School, Lebanon OH 2001

Wump Mucket Puppets - Lara Rumizen headshot Lara’s many artistic talents bring Terrence’s puppet character sketches and doodles to life with both style and function.

Using her gifts as an artist, Lara brings our puppet stars from a sketchbook, to the sewing table, and even assists her husband with the characterization  of the puppet.

In addition to her many creative talents, Lara is a licensed massage therapist. 



Eleanor Burke – Very Special Guest Puppeteer
Member – Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild (2007 – Present)
Wump Mucket Puppets - Eleanor Burke headshot

Eleanor is the daughter of Terrence and Lara, and has shown great interest art, theatre and puppetry. 

Eleanor contributes very valuable ideas, from a child’s perspective, that have been worked into the show.  Her suggestion to include a caveman in the cast resulted in the creation of  Unka Unka the caveman.

She sometimes joins her father behind the puppet stage to perform Kitty Quo Quo Quo Qua and Little Rock.