Land of music
and puppets

About Us


Carmen Rusu, MAE

The Puppetonia Team

  • Corneliu Rusu, MAR, MSW, Owner
Cornel spent most of his career in teaching but turned to social work in the recent years. In 2002 he initiated programs for toddlers in Symposia Bookstore that gradually developed in what is today know as Puppetonia – the land of music and puppets. Corneliu has been married to Carmen and they have two children.
  • Andrew Learner, PhD, School Psychologist
Andrew Lemer, Ph.D. is an educator with 25 years experience working as a school psychologist, psychotherapist, professor and consultant. He specializes in encouraging learning, cognitive fitness and behavior change with children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Lemer is a long time resident of Hoboken, NJ.
  • Paige O’Malley, Artistic Director
Paige graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Art Therapy and in Spanish. Her acting career began over a decade ago at Neumann College where she played leading roles in many original children’s shows. Most recently she has starred in several NYC off-Broadway children’s participatory musicals.
  • Caroline Tamas
Caroline Tamas, has spent many years in NYC working primarily as a stage and occasional film actress. Caroline volunteers with Lighthouse International, which provides services for the visually impaired and has also volunteered with One Brick, a national organization connecting volunteers with needs in the community including soup kitchens, park clean up, etc. Caroline has a B.A. in theater from Hartwick College.
  • Bryan Seastrom

Bryan is a graduate of The Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts and has a BFA in musical theatre from The College of Santa Fe.  As a puppeteer, Bryan originated “Shark Talk” at SEA LIFE Aquarium/Legoland California.  He has trained with Leslie Carrara -Rudolph (Sesame Street ’s Abby Cadabby), Rick Lyon (Avenue Q), and Scott Biski at Puppet School of NY.

  • Kristin Stokes
Kristin Stokes is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Kristin has brought full productions to life as the director of Star Struck Theatre’s summer musical theater camp, taught classes ranging from Acting for Beginners to College Audition Prep. Kristin also worked as a musical theater dance instructor, acting coach, and puppeteer.
  • Katherine Curri, Actress
Katie is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and CUNY Hunter College. She has acted in  numerous theatre and film productions in NYC and Los Angeles. She has been a member of the Puppetonia team for the last four years and is bffs with Mary the puppet.
  • Anca Ioana Ciobanu, Graphic Artist
Anca Ioana Ciobanu is a high school student at George Apostu Art High School in Bacau, Romania, where she is studying architecture. She has already illustrated several books for children published in Romania among which The Octopus and Love through Children’s Eyes. Anca is the drawing artist for Puppetonia coloring pages.
  • Vlad Razvan Baciu, Composer
Vlad Vlad Razvan Baciu is a composer, orchestra conductor, and pianist who has won several prizes for interpretation and composition at national and international competitions. Vlad is a second-year PhD candidate in Composition and also a second-year candidate for a Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting at the National University of Music of Bucharest, Romania.
  • Rafi Cordova, Consulting