Who’s Who at FoodPlay

Founder / Executive Director / Nutritionist:
Barbara Storper, MS, RDN

Theater Production:
Regina Diemand: Production Manager
Stephanie Cochran: Production Assistant
Jillian Morgan: Tour and Program Coordinator

Office/Store Manager:
Nuala O’Brien

Program Sales & Management:
Rachel Achmad: Program Manager
Jillian Morgan: Tour and Program Coordinator
Patti Dougherty: Program Consultant


Theater Staff

Paul Baswell (Director) recently performed his own solo show aboard the Oceania Riviera for the 2014/15 season. Raised in south Florida, Paul moved to New York City after graduating from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Since then he has been seen performing across the country in shows like West Side Story, Cabaret, 9 to 5, Wonderful Town and Damn Yankees! He has also performed in concert with the Portland and Winston Salem Symphonies, Piedmont Opera and A.J Fletcher Opera Institute. Paul is thrilled to be a part of championing healthy eating habits with the rest of the FoodPlay family and we highly value his wonderful contributions!

Ross Carmichael (Director) has performed professionally with the Harrisburg Shakespeare Company in As You Like It (Orlando) and with the youth program REACH (Chad). He received a BA in Theatre from York College of Pennsylvania where he directed productions of She Stoops to Conquer and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Ross also worked as a scenic carpenter and electrician for his alma mater. In the Summer of 2012 he was the Production Manager for the Powerhouse Apprentice company. After two tours as Coach, Ross is humbled to be asked to direct for such an amazing program. He is thrilled to be a part of the FOODPLAY team!

Michael Karas (Juggling Coach) earned his B.F.A. in acting from Point Park University. Michael has always had an interest in juggling, and began seriously pursuing it in the summer of 2001 when attending the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. Since then he has become one of the juggling world’s key players, winning multiple awards in international juggling competitions and inspiring other jugglers with his creative tricks. Michael toured with FOODPLAY as Johnny for two seasons and is very excited to continue supporting FOODPLAY as a juggling consultant.

Rihki Kennebrew (Music Creator, Sound Engineer, Lyrics Collaborator) is a composer, arranger, producer, and more. His musical career spans over 20 years and includes credits from music pioneers such as LA and Babyface to Philadelphia legends Gamble & Huff. Rihki’s formal training includes New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the American Academy of Dramatic Art. In addition to being a multi-genre songwriter, Rihki is also an accomplished radio/television personality. From pop, rock, and R&B to choral classical and theatrical, he continues to build a successful legacy writing hits for the music industry’s most noted artists and the stars of tomorrow.
More info: www.phillybrew.com

Barbara Storper, MS, RD (Artistic Director, Playwright, Nutritionist, and Executive Director of FoodPlay Productions) is a leader in the field of children’s nutrition. Barbara has received a host of national awards including the Society for Nutrition Education’s first “Outstanding Young Nutrition Educator in the Country” Award, the American Dietetic Association’s “Outstanding Nutrition Entrepreneur” Award, and an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Children and Youth TV Special.”

FOODPLAY Traveling Troupes – Spring 2016

Our three-person troupes include the following professional actors and stage managers:

Dani Bae (Stage Manager) is a Freelance Stage Manager. Previous stage management credits include Margie and Mike, Kicked and Speed the Plow. She is a graduate of Syracuse University.

Scott Miesse (Coach) graduated in May 2015 from Kent State University with a degree in musical theatre. Since graduating he has performed in Hair: The Musical and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Scott loves to travel, and last summer he performed in Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is looking forward to hitting the road and spreading FoodPlay’s positive message to kids across the country.

Alicia Thomas (Janey) is originally from Detroit but has called New York City home for the past 3 years. She’s thrilled and blessed to join FoodPlay on its national tour. Alicia has appeared in an Off-Broadway production of What They’ll Remember as “Michelle”. Other credits include Angela’s Justice with the Theater for the New City; 1/3rd of a Nation, directed by Sean Graney; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as “Schwartzy”; and A Raisin in the Sun as “Beneatha” at Bradley University and The Barn Dinner Theatre. She received a B.A. in Theatre at Bradley University.

Ross Carmichael (Coach) is excited to be back in his old shoes. He did two tours as Coach before joining the production team as the Director in the fall of 2013. When Ross is not working with FoodPlay he works as an actor and theatrical carpenter. Most recently he was part of the team that created Gamut Theatre Group’s new Select Medical Mainstage and played “Antonio” in the debut performance of Twelfth Night.

Linda Demirdjian (Janey) recently graduated with a B.F.A. at Adelphi University. During her undergraduate season, she appeared in a one woman show, Before Breakfast by Eugene O’Neil and in These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich as “Pearl Payne” along with other plays and student films. She’s honored to be a part of the Foodplay family!


Melinda Beasi: Website Design Consultant
Keith Frazier: Website Design Consultant

Graphic Artists:

Amy Johnquest: Set Designer
Fran Schneid: Graphic Artist and Book Illustrator
Kelsey Coughlin
Lee Newton: Illustrator
Peter Reynolds: Illustrator (www.fablevision.com)
Selene Mallozzi: Illustrator