Before Chris Griffith was co-Creative Director and Founder of Z Puppets, he was co-founder and artistic director for 13 years of Galumph Interactive Theater, nationally recognized pioneers in participatory theater. Additionally, Chris served as editor of The Puppetry Cookbook and Education Coordinator for In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater. As a clown/juggler, he has performed for The Minnesota Children’s Museum, the Minnesota Fringe Festival and the Edmonton International Street Performer’s Festival. In addition to their accomplishments in performance, for over ten years, both Chris and Shari have served as arts education consultants for the national Educational Theater Association, Minnesota’s Perpich Center and taught residencies for students of all levels. His work has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Jim Henson Foundation, Puppeteers of America, Jerome Foundation. In 2009, Chris received an Ivey award for his puppet design.