Laurencio Carlos Ruiz. He is Assistant Teaching Professor of Theatre and Integrative Arts at Penn State University. He is also resident scene and costume designer, scenic artist, props master and puppeteer. He holds an M.F.A. in Scenic Design from Penn State University, and a B.A. in Graphic Design from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City, where he also studied industrial design and visual arts. His experience as a multi-disciplinary designer and artist includes sets, costumes, puppets, masks, and props for cabaret, theater and television. His puppets, photography, installations, and performance art work have been exhibited in the United States, Mexico, Japan, Germany and the Czech Republic. Since his involvement with puppetry, he has been performing at academic conferences, museums, theatres and festivals, and offering multiple puppet making and puppet-manipulation workshops at universities for art and theatre students.