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Mark Ruffin is owner of MRCO Studio™, a creative services company specializing in design and fabrication of costumes, puppets, props, and dolls for film, television, theater, and advertising. An alumnus of the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York City, Ruffin made his mark in entertainment industry building puppets at The Jim Henson Company™. Mr. Ruffin is the recipient of a Daytime Emmy™ award for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design for his contributions to the Children’s Television Workshop Sesame Street. Mark Ruffin is the designer of choice to create the ABSOLUT/Philadelphia gown for Seagram Americas and the Princess Diana Birthday Commemorative Doll for the Alexander Doll Company™. Ruffin was called upon to recreate Beyoncé costumes for the dolls used in the “Lemonade” sequence for Netflix™ television series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Mark Ruffin founded Black Dolls Matter™ aimed at positively impacting how we see ourselves, each other as well as how the world perceives people of color. Artist statement
I don’t see myself working in a distinct lineage of African American puppetry. My inspiration comes from people, nature, music, art, media, fashion and technology. It is not necessarily an African American puppet if it does not represent an African American figure.
Mark Ruffin Years active in puppetry
20+ years active in puppetry Types of puppets performed and built
Hand puppets, rod puppets, hand-and-rod puppets, giant puppets, objects, body puppets, mascots, masks Representative productions

CTW Sesame Street (1993-97); Muppet Treasure Island (1996); The Wubbulous World Of Dr. Suess (1997)