Carl Anderson, Ph.D. has been a creator and performer of entertainment for children, families and adults for over 20 years. With
his wife and partner, Peyton Hayslip, he founded thistlemouse productions. Anderson tours individually as a storyteller, speaker,
and monologist to schools, festivals and churches and has been called Central Texas' Best Storyteller (Austin Chronicle). He has written
a variety of theatrical productions, some child focused (Hold On To Your Dreams, Tales of the North Pole, etc.), and others for adults
(Have Faith?, Searching for Santa and Finding Hope, etc.).
Anderson has portrayed Santa Claus for over 20 years. His uncanny
similarity in appearance, and uniquely warm, sensitive, and loving portrayal have resulted in him being named "... one of the country's
premier Santas..." (CBS Evening News), and "... the closest thing to Santa Claus since Edmund Gwen held Natalie Wood on his lap in
Miracle on 34th Street." (Los Angeles Magazine). A licensed psychologist, Anderson focused his dissertation research on
kids and Santa, and co-wrote "All I Want For Christmas Is... Letters from Santa's Mailbag", a collection of children's letters to
Santa. He has been featured on CBS, NPR, and CNN, and the subject of articles in People, Life, The Wall Street Journal, andUSA Today, and called the world's foremost Santa expert.
Anderson's award nominated "Searching for Santa and Finding Hope" is
a thoughtful, charming, and inspirational monologue chronicling his 20+ years portraying Santa. The forthrightness, humor and
heartbreak of what children share forms, "... a winning autobiographical tale... hilarious" (Austin American Statesman) and "...
an extraordinary blend of humor, pathos, and intelligence... stories as warm and wonderful as a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter's
night." (Austin Chronicle). A feature film version of Dr. Anderson's "Searching For Santa" is currently being marketed to major
film festivals under the title "The Real Santa".
Please contact Carl directly for performance bookings at email@example.com,
or (512) 320-8536. For print, commercial, TV, or film appearances please contact db Talent at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 292-1030.