Courtesy of NPR - Megan Piphus Peace stands on the set of Sesame Street with her character, 6-year-old Gabrielle. | Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop

What Sesame Street’s first Black female puppeteer learned in her first year

It wasn’t until September 2021 that Sesame Street — which started in November 1969 — got its first full-time Black female puppeteer. That’s when Megan Piphus Peace joined the cast full time and landed the role of Gabrielle, a 6-year-old puppet on the classic children’s show.

This month, as she marks one year working with Sesame Street, she’s decided to dedicate her career to entertainment.

“I’m so glad I had the opportunity to be on Sesame Street and encourage other kids to dream as big as their imaginations will allow,” the 29-year-old tells NPR’s Weekend Edition. “I always dreamed of working in television, but I never imagined myself being at Sesame Street.”



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