Marilee Canaga cleaning the teeth and tongue of the Universal Studios King Kong

Marilee Canaga is a puppet and costume fabricator who worked on several Sesame Street Live shows and both Muppet Show stage shows, building the mechanical heads for the characters. She was also involved in Dinosaurs and usually worked with her mother, Mae Canaga.[1] She was one of many Muppet designers and employees who contributed to Quilting with the Muppets.

Canaga worked for Universal Studios theme park, cleaning and maintaining the animatronic King Kong and other chores. Outside of the Muppets and Creature Shop, she worked with Patrick Tatopoulos Designs on many projects, including Godzilla, Stuart Little, and Dr. Dolittle 2 (puppeteering on all three). More recently, she was lead suit fabricator for TRON: Legacy and worked on specialty costumes for The Avengers and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (both parts).

Muppet/Creature Shop credits


  1. Quintanilla, Michael. "Beautifying the Beast : Couple Works All Night to Keep King Kong Looking His Scarifying Best." Los Angeles Times. September 16, 1992

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