A Brief History
As a theatre student at Bowling Green State University, MicheLee Puppets founder, Tracey Conner secured a paid internship to tour Northwest Ohio schools with a disability awareness puppet show called Kids on the Block. The experience awakened Conner to the power of puppetry to build bridges of friendship between disabled and nondisabled children. Upon graduation, she relocated to Orlando and recruited her former puppetry partner, Michael Prazniak, to found a nonprofit organization. They combined their middle names, Michelle and Lee, and MicheLee Puppets was born.
The first year, MicheLee Puppets reached 6,500 Central Florida children with important lessons on empathy and respect. Since 1985, MicheLee Puppets has impacted the lives of 1.9 million PreK-12th grade students, their teachers and families in more than 40 Florida counties. In response to requests from schools and the community, we have developed more than 30 live theatre and video productions on topics that are critical to the growth and development of young people on such topics as literacy, domestic violence prevention, bully prevention, healthy lifestyle choices and much more.