Processional Arts Workshop is led by founders Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles.

Alex Kahn is a visual artist whose work draws on his perapatetic background in theatrical design, printmaking and digital arts, sculptural installation, and pageant puppetry. His work has been exhibited internationally, and he has been recognized with numerous grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright Scholarship to Trinidad, to study Trinidad’s renowned Carnival culture, Gardner Fellowship to Nepal, and a Mid-Altlantic Arts Foundation Artists and Communities Grant. Kahn has served on the faculty of Maine College of Art , and was (with Sophia Michahelles) a Roman J Witt Visiting Artist at the University of Michigan’s School of Art and Design. Since 1998, Alex Kahn has collaborated with Michahelles to create large-scale mask and puppet performances for public processions. These works are developed through open community workshops that bring hundreds of volunteers together to build, rehearse, and ultimately perform cyclical pieces specifically for the parade medium. In addition to leading New York’s Village Halloween Parade each year, Kahn’s creations have appeared in venues worldwide. His work has appeared at Henson International Festival of Puppet Theatre, and he and Michahelles have created site-specific community pageants for diverse locales in Italy, Trinidad and Tobago, Texas , Istanbul, Kiev, and New York. When not traveling to various locales to create pageants Kahn spends his hours keeping Russian-Carniolan honeybees.

(click here download Alex's curriculum vitae)

(Wikipedia entry for Alex Kahn)


Sophia Michahelles brought her background in set design and art history to Processional Arts Workshop. Since 1998 she has collaborated with Alex Kahn to design and build the giant puppets that perform at the head of New York's Annual Village Halloween Parade. She has created site-specific processions with communities in Maine, Texas, Michigan, Oregon and New York, as well as in Italy where they run an annual workshop, and Trinidad where they designed, created and performed a band for Carnival, and collaborated with local artists. Michahelles was granted an Artist Residency at the Caribbean Center for Contemporary Art, was the recipient of a 2006 Mid-Atlantic Artists Foundation Artists and Communities Grant, and is a Roman J. Witt Visiting Artist at the University of Michigan’s School of Art and Design. Michahelles is also a performer with Basil Twist’s obie-award winning Symphonie Fantastique, and has created and performed solo puppet shows, including "Georgette's Debut" her one-woman drag burlesque of George Bush. She is a devoted practioner of Capoeira, is learning to stilt-walk, and designs skirts and bags under the label sophia.THAYAHT.

(click here download Sophia's curriculum vitae)

(Wikipedia entry for Sophia Michahelles)

A growing number of visual artists, technicians, performers, choreographers, and organizers contributed their time and artistry to our projects over the years. Here are just a few:

Alex Kahn Sophia MIchahelles Barbara Busackino Lake Simons NY'S VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE: Jeanne Fleming, Producer
Sandra Loring
Livia Vanaver
Johanna Bard
Jessica Bard Marina Michahelles Emily Hilliard


Kate Whitehead
Charlie West
Steffen Hyder Roger Downs Kevin Taylor Rich Taylor Moira Sauer Maura Gahan Linda Lambertson Pia Petruzzi Brendan McMahon Shelley Smith Admiral Michahelles Jeff Bratcher Odenke Adomaku-Manu Bess Williamson Christopher Fox Meg Aldrich Richard Aldrich Ania Aldrich Arden Kirkland
LOGISTICS: Howie Callies
Stefan Falke
Jason Kahn George Gruel Tom Sullivan
Henry Christopher
Leopold Kramm Adm. Mike Michahelles Gary Oliver Karl Rabe Alex Kahn Jody Kivort Jay Gardner