The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Commencement Keynote Speaker Announced
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh proudly welcomes Jim Martin as keynote speaker for our commencement ceremony on Friday, June 17, 2011 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland. Below, you can read about Mr. Martin’s extensive experience and career achievements. Join us in welcoming Mr. Martin for our Portfolio Review and Commencement Ceremony.
Jim Martin is a professional with talent and experience in the areas of producing, writing, puppet performance and directing. Whether giving Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Leonardo his facial expressions in the movies, bringing various Muppet characters to life on Sesame Street, or delighting children of all ages with live performances of his own puppet company Pupplets, Jim Martin’s credentials have been growing for more than twenty years.
Mr. Martin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Directing and Acting from Point Park College in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Through his role of puppet performer on The Puzzle Place, he got his first opportunity to direct a television episode. This achievement led to Jim’s enrollment in the prestigious Director’s Guild of America. Since The Puzzle Place, Jim has gone on to direct episodes of Sesame Street, Elmo’s World, Bear in the Big Blue House, and Between the Lions. On Sesame Street, Mr. Martin is the only Director who is also a Muppeteer and in 2002 he received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Direction in a Children’s Series for his work on the show.
Jim also served as Director, Associate Producer, and Lead Puppet Performer of The Puzzle Place, a daily national PBS series teaching multiculturalism, diversity and social skills. As Associate Producer, he supervised the 8 member performing group, acted as script consultant, coordinated stage direction, and also filled the duties of a principal puppet performer in the role of “Chief Piece Police” and “Ben”.
Jim has also worked on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson, and The Muppets’ 3-D Movie at Walt Disney World.