Edna Bland is a certified educator, teaching artist, puppeteer and arts integration specialist. She has dedicated her life to helping people discover their god-given gifts and talents.
She has honed her knowledge and skills at such prestigous institutions as The Kennedy Center's VSA and CETA programs, Lincoln Center Education's Teaching Artist program at the Juilliard School and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, England. She has been a guest classroom speaker at all three of her college alma maters, a workshop presenter for national arts organizations and includes a Creative Arts Ministry workshop in Rome, Italy.
Prior to becoming an educator, Edna worked in the entertainment industry at such organizations as The New York Emmy Awards and Sony Music Entertainment, where one of her accomplishments included contributions to Sesame Street's 35th Anniversary Box Set.
As a puppeteer, she was mentored by Carroll Spinney "Big Bird" and Dr. Loretta Long "Susan" from Sesame Street. She was honored to have been a puppeteer for Jane Henson's Nativity for two touring seasons, and was selected to be a contributor to an exhibit spotlighting African-American puppeteers at the Ballard Museum and Institute at UCONN and the South Florida Puppetry Guild exhibit at the Miramar Arts and Cultural Center.
She has an M.F.A degree in Entertainment Creative Writing, an M.S. degree in Entertainment Business both from Full Sail University, a B.S. degree in Organizational Management from Nyack University and an A.A.S. degree in Music Business from Five Towns College.
"In all my years of working alongside many puppeteers, I am thrilled to be working with historically one of the first professional African American female puppeteers in the country."
- Dr. Loretta Long "Susan" from Sesame Street
"Edna has a passion and commitment to give teachers an appreciation of the Arts while incorporating various learning styles through the Creative Arts."
- Miriam Velez, Ph.D. of Education & Field Experience Coordinator, Nyack College
Millennium Middle School, 2018
Seminole County Chamber of Commerce, 2014
Full Sail University, 2011
Songs From The Street: 35 Years of Music, 2004
Charles Brown "All My Life", 1990
Featured segment for "Getting Results in Our Schools" for having the only puppetry arts program in Florida.
Featured article for Central Florida's local artists in entertainment.
Living Objects - African American Puppetry featured artist exhibitor.
Great Video for Novice Puppeteers
Florida Alliance in Arts Education Teaching Artist Showcase
Theatre Arts Class: Lesson - Introduction to Script Writing (with Dramatic Structure)
Guest Teaching Artist at JMOCA
MAXX Creative Arts Ministry Conference
Monologue with Sign Language/Creative Music to Alabaster Box by C. Winans
Sign Language/Creative Movement Class Demo to "Hero" by M. Carey
Miss Edna and Marley, Central Florida Puppetry Guild's Slam performing "Don't Turn Around" by Aswad
Lambee and Goog Fun With Learning Promo Video
Miss Edna's Theatre Etiquette video for Students K-6 with Manny and Mona Monkey Puppets.
Video written, produced, and directed by Edna Bland
Simon P. Sheep Talks About The Meaning of Easter
Miss Edna and the MMS Puppet Team at "Sounds of the Season" Holiday Showcase at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, Sanford, Florida