Heather Henson
Heather Beth Henson

(1970-12-19) December 19, 1970 (age 51)
New York City, U.S.
Alma materRhode Island School of Design
Years active1971–present
Board member ofJim Henson Foundation, The Jim Henson Company, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
Parent(s)Jim Henson
Jane Henson
RelativesLisa Henson (sister)
Cheryl Henson (sister)
Brian Henson (brother)
John Henson (brother, deceased)

Heather Beth Henson (born December 19, 1970) is an American contemporary puppet artist, the daughter of Jim Henson. She serves on The Jim Henson Company, The Jim Henson Legacy, and the Jim Henson Foundation Boards of Directors. She is also a Trustee of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Connecticut.[1]

Early life

Henson was born on December 19, 1970, in New York City, the youngest child of Jim (1936–1990) and Jane Henson (1934–2013).[2] She has four siblings: Lisa Henson (born 1960), Cheryl Henson (born 1961), Brian Henson (born 1963), and John Henson (1965–2014).[3]


Henson is a graduate of George School[4] and the Rhode Island School of Design, and attended the California Institute of the Arts.[3] Her on-screen appearances include the Number Three Ball Film and The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Storyteller episode "Hans My Hedgehog," the role of Prince Kermit in The Frog Prince,[5] as well as Frank Oz's film Little Shop of Horrors.[6]

Heather is the owner of IBEX Puppetry[7] which is an entertainment company dedicated to promoting the art of puppetry in all of its various mediums, including stage, cinema and gallery exhibitions. IBEX projects include Handmade Puppet Dreams,[8] The Orlando Puppet Festival,[9] The Puppet Slam Network[10][11] and environmental spectacles including "Panther and Crane," a drama about preserving the Florida ecosystem in modern times.[12]


  1. ^ "Board of Trustees". The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  2. ^ Burke, David (January 23, 2009). "Beyond the Muppets: Jim Henson's daughter creates a new generation of puppets". Quad City Times. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "The Henson Family". Henson.com. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  4. ^ "Heather Henson '89 Hosts Student Puppetry Workshops".
  5. ^ "Jim Henson's Red Book". Henson.com. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  6. ^ Mancini, Mark (September 17, 2015). "11 Bloodthirsty Facts About Little Shop of Horrors". Mentalfloss. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "Heather Henson Presents". Harbor Front Center. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  8. ^ "HANDMADE PUPPET DREAMS VOL VII". Festival of Animated Objects. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  9. ^ Shepherd, Lindy T (October 21, 2009). "Performing Arts: Orlando Puppet Festival". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  10. ^ "Performance Calendar". Windham Arts. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  11. ^ "Puppet Slam Network". hausofmarsian. October 8, 2017. Retrieved April 10, 2021.
  12. ^ Martinson, Ken T (September 12, 2008). "Henson blends winter guard with puppetry in Panther & Crane". Marching.com. Retrieved May 9, 2017.