Noel MacNeal

Freelance Script Writer, Narrator, & More

Location:Brooklyn, New York, United States
4 Skills
Noel MacNeal
444 12th Street, Apt. 3C
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone & Fax: (917) 535-5249


Sesame International (Sesame Workshop)
2007-2010 (including Sesame Square in Nigeria and Galli Galli Sim Sim in India)
The Writers’ Workshop Supervisor and production consultant at various Sesame Street co-productions, such as Nigeria, Palestine, India, and Pakistan.

Nate the Great (PBS)
Development writing team 2008 (cell animation)
Two episodes: “Cracking the Crazy Codes,” “Wacky Wordplay”

Bear & You (original Disney Home Video series proposal & development)
2006 (live action puppet)
Treatment, character bible, and episode outlines for all six episodes

A Very Special Good Night Show (PBS Kids Sprout)
2006 (live action)
Co-writing all 24 episodes (plus, author of the songs “This Young Man,” “The Bedtime Hokey Pokey,” and “Old MacDonald Had to Sleep”)

Breakfast With Bear (Playhouse Disney/Disney Channel)
2005 (live action)
All twenty episodes (plus, co-author of the song, “The Morning Mambo”)

The Show Me Show (original preschool series & development deal with NOGGIN)
2004 (live action puppets)
Treatment, character bible and pilot script (including five original songs)

Bear in the Big Blue House (Daytime Emmy-winning series on Disney Channel)
1998 to 2002 (live action puppets)
Episodes: “You Learn Something New Everyday,” “And To All a Good Night,” “Wait For Me,” “At the Old Bear Game” (plus, co-author of the song, “C’mon In!”)

CyberChase (PBS)
2001 (cell animation)
Episode: “The Secrets of Symmetry”

Salty’s Lighthouse (PBS)
2000 (stop-motion animation)
Episode: “Thar She Goes!”

The Magic Schoolbus (PBS)
1999 (cell animation)
Episodes: “The Magic Schoolbus Sees Stars,” “The Magic Schoolbus Goes to the Zoo”

Gullah Gullah Island (Nick Jr.)
1996 (live action puppets and actors)
Episode: “The Magic Show”

The Puzzle Place (Daytime Emmy-nominated series on PBS)
1995 to 1998 (live action puppets and actors)
Episodes: “Between You and Me,” “I’m Talking to You,” “One Way,” “Dressing Up is Hard to Do,” “The Mystery of the Fabulous Hat,” “The New Adventures of Julie Woo” (plus, co-author of the song, “It’s You”)

Eureeka’s Castle (Nick Jr.)
1990 (live-action puppets)
Episode (co-writer): “Christmas at Eureeka’s Castle”

Eureeka’s Castle (Ace Award for Best Children’s Series on Nick Jr.)
1989 to 1991 (live-action puppets)
Scripts: “I Scream for Ice Cream,” “The Case of the Moat Detective,” “Rain, Rain Go Away,” “The Adventures of Batboy and Superdragon,” “The Incredible Cooey,” “Coneheads,” “Laugh It Up”


2011 April – October
X-tink-shun: A Wild Puppet X-perience (script consultant and writing co-writer)
A joint effort by the Philadelphia Zoo and The Jim Henson Company with live performances throughout the park.

2010 to present
10 Minute Puppets (author of the puppet making book from WORKMAN Publishing)
Book tour included appearances and workshops for families and bookstores, schools, and children's museums across the U.S.A.

We Are Family/FEDEX PSA (writer for the PSA announcing FedEx’s delivery of 61,000 copies of the compilation DVD “We Are Family”–– featuring over one-hundred children’s show characters–– to public and private elementary schools)

1998 to present (live action puppet)
Various Bear in the Big Blue House personal appearances as “Bear,” including:
1999 to 2007 The Jerry Lewis Labor Day MDA Telethon (syndicated)
(plus, co-author of the song, “The Any Way You Wanna Conga”)
2002 & 2005 Easter Egg Roll at the White House
2001 to 2003 Hollywood Squares (syndicated)
1999 to 2000 The Center for Puppetry Arts Fundraiser Weekend

Herr’s Snack Factory Tour (Nottingham, PA)
1998 (live-action puppets)
“Chipper’s Factory Tour” for visitors of the Herr’s Snack Factory

1995 to 1997 (live-action puppet)
Various The Puzzle Place personal appearances as “Leon,” including:
1996 Easter Egg Roll at the White House
1997 YMCA Kids Day at Shea Stadium (WNBC-4 New York)

Theater and puppetry major at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. Studied with Kermit Love, designer and builder for the Jim Henson Company.

Born and raised in New York’s Central Harlem, Noel was featured in the documentary Give A Damn Again, about the children in the original 1968 Give a Damn public service television campaign in. He and his mother are featured in Keith Brown’s book Sacred Bonds: African-American Men and Their Mothers (1998).

He currently resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY, with his wife (author Susan Elia MacNeal) and their young son, Mattie. Noel has also been the resident puppet master (aka “Dr. Puppet” to his students) at the four week “OOMPAH Day Camp” program in Huntington, L.I.