Growing up in the wilds of Minnesota, Shawn Engelmann’s 2 favorite shows as a child were "In Search Of… “ with Leonard Nimoy and “The Muppet Show”. They would remain close to his heart, even as he entered college to pursue a career as an English teacher. After the sudden realization that he hated children, he turned his academic attention instead toward graphic design and multimedia, after 7 years he eventually graduated from college with a degree in something or other, he doesn’t really remember what. So don’t ask.
Shawn originally conceived the idea for Creepy Acres after building the first Sam Squatch puppet and filming a mock interview of Bigfoot auditioning for a paranormal investigation show titled ParaQuest. Creepy Acres is the culmination of his many varied interests including: puppetry, character design, writing, comedy, hearing himself talk, forcing others to listen to him talk, unexplained phenomenon, and Cryptozoology.
Carved from the heart of a dying dwarf star, our technical expert Ed Cichocki runs much of the behind-the-scenes operations of the show. When he’s not monitoring the sound equipment and the cameras on set or reviewing the website, he can be found creating the various animation pieces used in Creepy Acres and Scorched Pencils. That is if we can talk him off the ledge long enough to work on them.
Ed has even on occasion lent his voice and an extra hand (literally) in front of the camera.
December grew up in a one-horse town in rural Minnesota. After spending many years working in the entertainment industry she fulfilled her dreams of getting out of the one-horse town and moving to the big city which meant out of Minnesota and heading west. Luckily she got past Nebraska and made it to Los Angeles, more specifically “The Valley” (yes, THAT Valley – which if you would have known her as a teenager it was quite the foretelling.) There she came into her own with her knack for being overly organized and high attention to details affording her the ability to work her way up the corporate ladder into the Director of Operations for Film Music Publications and later as the Operations Manager of L.A. Electricom. After 10 years in L.A., she returned home to the frozen tundra of MN where she worked managing the social profiles of various clients.
Her favorite foods are cheese and bacon. Her dream career is Evil Overlord or the person who names colors obnoxious names. Lastly, she isn’t old enough yet to be responsible for anything else living, not even a plant. Frankly, we don’t let her get too close to the puppets either.
Lured with the promise that we’d tell him where we hid his car keys, professional puppeteer Gordon Smuder did us the distinct honor of performing the very first puppet ever created or filmed for Creepy Acres, Willard Farmer. His professionalism was evident right from the beginning in that never once did he ask “ Why did I agree to this?” or “What is this garbage I'm reading?”.
His skills and talent set the bar for everything that would follow, and from that day on we sailed easily under that bar with plenty of room to spare. Creator of The Puppet Forge, Gordon is also known for Transylvania TV and Vermin.
(Born December 9) Ben Coler is an American actor and puppeteer. According to the local legend himself, this project was a dream come true for him. His many friends have long compared him to the North American Sasquatch, which he took to mean "fFurry, blurry, and in a hurry”; However, he has since learned they simply meant that he never managed to get in front of a camera. Although, the "furry" part isn't too far off.
When he isn't lending a hand with various indie film nonsense, Ben enjoys taking standardized tests, scavenging in the clearance aisles of big-box retail stores, and pining after movie starlets he'll never meet on this side of a pane of bullet-proof glass.
Puppeteer Lys Akerman-Frank was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She would eventually move to Minnesota where fate would bring her into contact with the crew of Creepy Acres.
We knew she was exactly what we were looking for because she was the only female puppeteer who didn’t spit in our faces after reading the script.Being the only female puppeteer who after reading the script didn’t proceed to spit in our face, we knew she was exactly what we were looking for! Her distinct voice performance gives the Creepy Acres character of Tara Nichols a personality all her own.
Jeremy is a self- described "cartoon trapped inside a man's body."… A really, really, really, dark cartoon. Like a cartoon about "baby food" that's literally made from ground up babies kind of dark. Like a cartoon about "baby food" that's literally made from ground up babies AND that in turn is fed to other babies kinda dark. Yeah, that kinda dark, and we decided he was exactly what we needed! He's a man of a million voices and we used him for only one! Just another testament to our never-think-things-throughnever think things through attitude!
We here at Creepy Acres can't wait to work with him again. And as soon as we figure out, and just as soon as we locate the exact blood ritual we need to contain him within the summoning circle, we're gonna do just that!
Chad David is a working voice-over actor and comedy writer in Minneapolis. He occasionally helps with script punch-ups and story plotting when the opportunity arises. He also writes radio serials and other random entertainment. He's also a devout movie and sci-fi buff, with a giant love of Nessie and robots that turn into other things and beat the bejeezus out of each other.
He was described by college professors as "a satirist of humanity's dark side.".
He mainly brings this up when people ask him to write bios about himself.
Aimee Chenal was born a clown and she will die a clown. H...her first gig was Halloween 1988 when her Mother dressed her from head to toe in white makeupmake up, black eyeliner, red lips, red nose, and the most colorful patchwork clown suit you ever saw.
Her smile was not painted on— you see as she enjoyed every minute of it. The jester life lead Aimee to Los Angeles where she met the "others" and wound up sharing laughs with more than just the kids on her block.
After starring in several quirky film and tv projects, Aimee went back home to WI to start her own clown posse.decided to see if she could start her own clown posse back home in WI where she lives now. She now and has her own indie company, Indie Company Buttercream Productions.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Alberto has lived in the Twin Cities since 1988. He is equal parts Animal, Cookie Monster, Grover, and Fozzie Bear. Until recently, he had never put his hand inside a puppet or a Chupacabra, so he jumped at the chance to kill two birds with one stone.
When he is not bringing Antonio to life, he kills hobos with his bare hands. He loves cinema
(from schlock to Art House crap), theater, museums, Metalachi: The World's First and Only
Heavy Metal Mariachi Band (for real, look them up!), and short walks on the beach so the sand doesn’t get between his toes.
You can't follow his adventures because he doesn't have a blog or paparazzi following him around, but he hopes that will change soon.