Ryan Dillon and Elmo season 45
2013 Easter Egg Roll Elmo Rosita

One of Dillon's first public appearances as Elmo at the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll. (video)

AnnualSesameWorkshopBenefitGala-2013

Dillon performing Elmo with the PS22 Chorus in May 2013.

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Ryan Dillon (b. May 25, 1988) began puppeteering for Sesame Street in 2005, at the age of 17. He became the performer of Elmo in 2013.

As a young puppeteer, Dillon came to the attention of the Sesame producers when he went to an audition as a high school student. He took time off from school during his senior year to participate in the shooting for Season 37.

In 2020, Dillon won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Principal Performance in a Daytime Program; for his performances as Elmo, Lefty the Salesman, and Don Music in the special Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Muppet/Henson credits

Non-Muppet Credits

  • Ohio State Lottery: Reindeer in holiday lottery commercial
  • Ask Sylvia (Nickelodeon webseries): Sylvia
Stage credits
  • O'Neill Puppetry Conference 2007
    • Crossing Boundaries: Cradle To The Grave (Ronald Binion production): Various table-top characters
    • Take The A Train (Ryan Dillon Production) Estelle, built puppets and directed short piece
    • Raggedy Ann (Alissa Hunnicutt production) table top assistance

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