Author, illustrator, animator,
and playwright Mo Willems is best known for his #1 New York Times bestselling
picture books, which have been awarded three Caldecott Honors, two Theodor
Geisel Medals, and five Geisel Honors.
Mo began his career as a writer
and animator on PBS’ Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy
Awards (writing). Other television work includes two series on Cartoon
Network: Sheep in the Big City (creator and head writer)
and Codename: Kids Next Door (head writer).
Willems is the inaugural
Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence. During his two-year
term, Mo will write, produce, and collaborate in creating fun new stuff
involving classical music, jazz experiences, comedy concerts, dance, painting,
and digital works with the National Symphony Orchestra, Ben Folds, Jason Moran,
His art has been exhibited
around the world, including major solo retrospectives at the High Museum in
Atlanta and the New-York Historical Society.
Mo’s papers reside at Yale
University’s Beinecke Library.
Over the last decade, Willems
has become the most produced playwright of Theater for Young Audiences in
America thanks to the popularity of the theatrical adaptations Knuffle
Bunny: a Cautionary Musical, Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a
Play!, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: the Rock Experience,
and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical!).