Book & Lyrics/Composer
In the 25 years as a professional puppeteer and writer, Timothy Edward Young has created multiple musicals for families as well as designing and overseeing the construction and performance of the diverse puppet characters that make up the productions. He is the creative force and performer behind the charming character Tuffy Tiger, adored by preschoolers everywhere. As the Chief Executive Director of Puppetry Arts New York, Mr. Young works closely with staff and volunteers to implement programs at schools, teach workshops, produce theatre programming and community events impacting over 30,000 people annually. In 2016, Puppetry Arts New York published Tuffy Tiger’s first album “Songs & Music For Me.” Expanding his impact and audience using puppetry in musical theatre, Mr. Young composed the lyrics, book, and songs for the epic musical Anthropomorphic. Having work-shopped the musical since 2009, Anthropomorphic has over 26 original songs by Mr. Young and incorporates mask and puppetry of all shapes and sizes infusing his own style and design.
Aaron Latina is a professional composer, orchestrator and music director in film, theatre, and documentaries for projects based in LA, NYC, Nashville, Austin and the UK. He composed for the 2014 winner for Best Drama feature-length film “The Distance Between Us” at the International Film Festival. He was the orchestrator and music director for the original musical “South Pass” that debuted in the summer of 2013. Aaron was the music director for the Christmas tour “Unto Us” by CCM and Dove-Award winning artist, Aaron Shust. Working with Timothy Young, Aaron orchestrated the music for Tuffy Tiger, a multi-media program of Puppetry Arts, including the album “Songs & Music For Me,” which is used in schools everywhere as an engaging reinforcement of positive life lessons and creativity. Since 2014, Aaron has also partnered with Mr. Young as an orchestrator of the dynamic original musical “Anthropomorphic.”
Full-time professional recording artist, Jonathan Mark Kuehling’s music has taken him coast to coast through 20 different countries, and into 5 different continents. His work includes numerous session calls, nationwide concerts, national television and radio appearances, and multiple commissions as a songwriter, producer and arranger. In addition he has worked as a producer and artist in residence to major entertainment enterprises such as Walt Disney, Royal Caribbean International, The All-Star American Circus, Musicianary International, several American Idol finalists, and Sony Records artist Brian Smith. His most recent bands have co-headlined alongside The Rolling Stones, The Goo Goo Dolls, The Beach Boys, Tina Turner, Fats Domino, Jackie Wilson, Casting Crowns, George Benson and the Drifters, and have made special appearances as a featured entertainer at Jeb Bush’s and Bill Clinton’s inaugural ceremonies.
Scenic/Lighting Design and Production Manager
Matthew is a freelance scenic and lighting designer, and former technical director, who has worked across the nation including NYC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, San Francisco, and The Berkshires, and as far away as Santiago, Chile. Most recently Matthew worked on the world premiere play Ghost Light: The Haunting which opened at the Abingdon Theater in NYC. In Philadelphia, he is the Resident Scenic Designer at The Media Music Theatre and is proud to work as a lighting designer with Mauckingbird Theatre Company. In the Berkshires, at Shakespeare & Company, he started the season with a wild version of A Comedy of Errors and capped off the 2015 season with the American company premiere of Red Velvet. He’s returning in the summer of 2016 to design lighting for King Lear and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. As a faculty member at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA he serves as Director of Production for the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts and is the Head of the Theater Education program. He is a product of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MFA in Technical Production) and Francis Marion University.