A native of New York City, Craig grew up enamored with the puppets he saw on television, eventually apprenticing for the great Chuck McCann on WPIX. Soon he was appearing on all the local children's shows with his unique spin on puppets.
While still in high school, Marin was hired by the CSC Repertory as first a Stage Manager ("Man and Superman"), and then a well received role as the Scullery Boy in the New York premiere of Jean Annouih's "The Cavern".
One year later he formed the Marko Puppet Theatre and toured colleges throughout the United States with a highly original concept that was just right for the times -- a psychedelic puppet show. The show garnered such an underground reputation, that Marko was asked to perform for the Grateful Dead at Jerry Garcia's birthday party (!).
Coming east to New England, Marin began a children's theater that for five years toured schools and theaters.
Craig accepted a job with Bil Baird's Marionettes, and it was here that he met his partner and future wife, Olga Felgemacher. Together they created the Flexitoons, a company that for the past twenty years has specialized in television and film.
Craig Marin has set his sights on nothing less than moving the art form he loves into the next realm.
Baird ran an Equity Theater in Greenwich Village, and for the next eight years Olga starred in every production, including two that were written especially for her: "Alice in Wonderland", music by Joe Raposo and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick; and "Pinocchio", written by Jerome Coopersmith with words and music by Sheldon Harnick. Pinocchio, with Olga starring in the title role, won the New York State Council of the Arts Gold Medal.
Baird's was a very busy shop. Along with the theater, Olga built puppets for and performed in commercials (Almond Joy, Dr. Pepper, Clearasil); Industrials (IBM, Pathmark, Milk Packaging Industry); and Television (Today, Good Morning America, and the Moon Walk Simulation for NASA).
When Baird closed, Olga accepted a long standing offer to work for Jim Henson's Muppets. Olga performed Muppets on Sesame Street and the first Muppet Movie. Olga was also lead puppeteer of Henry & Edgar, two of the Village of the Damned puppets from Outerscope and Outerscope II on the PBS series Vegetable Soup.
In 1979, she and Craig Marin joined forces, and created the Flexitoons, a company that for the past twenty years has specialized in television and film.
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