Alan is the proprietor of Hooper's Store, which was recently redesigned to reflect a more authentic urban store.
Muraoka, an Asian-American of Japanese descent, is not only an important part of that change, but his warm and open character has helped make Hooper's Store the heart of the Sesame Street community.
Muraoka joined the Sesame Street ensemble ten seasons ago. His stage credits include the Broadway productions of Pacific Overtures, The King and I, My Favorite Year, Shogun, Mail, and Miss Saigon, where he played the lead role of the Engineer, as well as the national tours of Miss Saigon, M. Butterfly, and Anything Goes. He was last seen in the Kennedy Center revival of Mame, starring Christine Baranski.
Muraoka has appeared on numerous network television programs and film credits include It Could Happen to You, Showtime's Brotherhood, The Tonight Show, As The World Turns, The Guilding Light, One Life To Live, and Day of Independence, a short film by Academy Award-winning director Chris Tashima.
As a director, Muraoka's 1998 production of Falsettoland for the National Asian American Theater Company received high praise from The New York Times, and was revived in 2007 for the first ever National Asian American Theatre Festival in New York City. Other directing credits include
He is an active member of multiple Asian-American organizations, and is the recipient of an Inspiration Award from the mentoring group APEX.