In 1990 Van performed in "An Evening With the D.C. Follies" at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
Vans dream of being on stage came true when he toured with "The Punfstuff road show" for two years, touring major arenas such as Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl.
Van programmed the original mouth sync, eye blinks and body movements for the popular toy Furby.
Van has headed the puppeteer division of Hasboro and Tiger toys.
Van was the lead puppeteer for the movie "Beetlejuice."
Van was nominated for an Emmy for his work on "D.C. Follies" in the category "Outstanding performance in a variety or musical program."
Van was lead puppeteer on "Pee-Wees Playhouse."
Van was the puppeteer for Chuckie in the popular "Childs Play" movies.