Z Puppets co-Creative Director and Founder Shari Aronson earned an M.A. in Drama Education from the University of Arizona, studied physical comedy with Sigfrido Aguilar in Mexico, Theatre of the Oppressed with founder Agusto Boal and puppetry with Sandglass Institute and OBIE award-winner Paul Zaloom. Shari has written plays for family audiences through commissions from the Minnesota History Center, Science Museum of MN, Mill City Museum and Minnesota Cancer Coalition. Along with collaborator Chris Griffith, she has received multiple awards for their work in puppetry from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Jim Henson Foundation, Puppeteers of America, Jerome and McKnight Foundations. Shari has also developed interactive environments for the MN Children's Museum and Science Museum of MN.