About

Emmy Award winning designer, sculptor, illustrator, performer – these are the creative
roles Karen Valleau has inhabited with her work in theatre, television and film.

Trained and experienced in a wide range of media, working in animation, feature films
and series television, Valleau brings her collected talents and knowledge to bear in all
aspects of her work as character and set designer, illustrator, puppet builder, and
puppeteer.

Her work in theatre and television as a puppeteer lead to Valleau working with Jim
Henson’s Muppets on such shows as Fraggle Rock, The Jim Henson Hour and on
CBC’s Sesame Park and Mr. Dressup.

Beginning in 1992 Valleau was responsible for the character and production design of
the highly acclaimed and award winning children’s television series The Big Comfy
Couch
. For the next 12 years she was head of the Radical Sheep Shop, leading a
team of artisans in the creation of over 100 hours of television series production and
commercial contracts, including such titles as: Ruffus The Dog, Panda Bear Daycare,
Land O’ Hands, Amigo & Me, Longhouse Tales and many more.

In 2007 Karen Valleau received an Emmy Award for her set and production designs on
the final season of The Big Comfy Couch. During her work on The Big Comfy Couch
Valleau illustrated over 60 children’s storybooks for the show.
Most recently she has provided character design, sculpting and set design services for
Toronto-based Cuppa Coffee Animation and set design for TVO Kids and Kids CBC.

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