“The creator of the enchanting puppets featured in the annual Downtown First Night parade and progenitor of the National Lint Project has provided joy to thousands of people over several decades.”

–Mary Thomas in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Cheryl Capezzuti is an artist, puppetmaker and educator in Pittsburgh, PA. She runs Studio Capezzuti, the home base for all of her community-interactive public art projects. Capezzuti pays her studio bills making parade-sized giant puppets and is best known for her largest work, the First Night Pittsburgh Parade. She is also creator of The National Lint Project, a master teaching artist, commissioned puppetmaker, maker of small theatrical works and a giant puppet fitness enthusiast.

Photo Credit: Elliott Kramer

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