The Puppeteer

Puppeteer Terrence Burke is the creator, voice, hands, and arms behind the lovable cast of hand-crafted puppet characters who are the Wump Mucket Puppets.

Puppeteer Terrence Burke Wump Mucket Puppets

Puppeteer Terrence Burke with Cyril the Sea Monster of Wump Mucket Puppets.

Terrence’s interest in puppetry began as a child growing up in the 1960s.   He was enthralled by the puppets that he enjoyed watching on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Captain Kangaroo, and Sesame Street with his brothers and sisters on their family’s television set.  His parents encouraged his interest, by checking out puppetry books from the public library, and enrolling him in a Saturday morning YMCA puppetry class.   A special childhood memory was attending a puppetry convention with his father.   It was there that young Terrence met Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney, along with the original orange Oscar the Grouch puppet in 1970.

Puppeteer Terrence Burke Wump Mucket Puppets boy photo

Terrence Burke with his elephant puppet Christmas Day 1974. Ballardvale, MA

An artist with many interests, Terrence has found that puppetry allows him the creative outlet to write, build, compose, and perform his original stories and songs for children and family audiences.  Some of his other creative projects over the years have included acting on stage, producing and hosting both radio and cable television music programs, publishing a Cincinnati music magazine, singing in a modern rock band (which never left the basement), recording electronic sound sculptures to release on cassette.   These two cassette-only releases received international radio airplay!

Terrence is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in the town of Andover.  He now lives with his wife, and creative partner, Lara,  along with their daughter and son in Cincinnati, Ohio.  In addition to puppetry, his interests include reading science fiction and fantasy novels, eating homemade popcorn, listening to jazz and rock music, watching classic cartoons and Doctor Who, and taking early morning walks around the neighborhood.  He definitely considers himself a “cat person”. 

Puppeteer Terrence Burke with Piper

Terrence Burke with Piper. She enjoys jazz too.