Meet the First Black Woman Puppeteer on “Sesame Street”

“The more diversity we have, the more display of the possible opportunities we have for the next generation,” Peace told the Washington Post.

Credit: Sesame Workshop
Credit: Sesame Workshop

Megan Piphus Peace is making history as the first Black woman puppeteer on “Sesame Street.” In an interview with the Washington Post, the 29-year-old says she has been a longtime lover of puppets, ever since she was began watching “Sesame Street” herself as a toddler. She eventually learned how to do ventriloquism herself, performing as a puppeteer while working a day job in real estate development. In 2021, she became a cast member for the show, maneuvering and voicing the character Gabrielle.

“The more diversity we have, the more display of the possible opportunities we have for the next generation,” Peace told the Washington Post. She continued, “Being the first Black female puppeteer on the show means opening doors for future performers, and persons of color anywhere in the television and entertainment space.”