Barbara Storper, MS, RD
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.”
Our three-person troupes include the following professional actors and stage managers:
Chrissy Basham (Actor) This is Chrissy’s debut with a National Tour and FoodPlay! Off-Broadway: Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth (The Players Club), Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Bloody Beginning. Off-Off Broadway: At The Ark At Eight (The Arc Light Theater) Fave Regional Credits: The Women (Crystal Allen), Our Town (Emily), Eclipsed (Mandy), The Little Prince (Rose), Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (Bogle). Filled with gratitude for God, my wonderful husband, the talented cast and crew at FoodPlay, Mom and Dad, and this incredible opportunity to have a positive influence on our youth!
Giordan Diaz (Actor) Giordan Diaz is excited to be joining the cast of Foodplay this Spring! He is originally from Miami, Florida and just this past year he made the move to NYC. He is a graduate of Barry University with B.F.A. in Theater and has extensive experience on the stage and in front of the camera. After taking a temporary hiatus from the theater and focusing on film work he is happy to grace the stage once again with such a positive show with a great message. He would like to thank the Foodplay family for having him on board!
Jordon Phillips (Actor) Jordon Phillips is very happy to return for a third tour of FoodPlay! Currently living in Columbus, Ohio, he has worked previously in regional theatre for Weathervane Playhouse in Newark, Ohio, and national television, with Nickelodeon Inc. Jordon is thankful and pleased to be a part of the FoodPlay Family! He would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support.
Linda Tardif (Actor) Linda Tardif is a graduate from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a B.A. in Theater. Previous credits include Marcellus Shale (Talking Band/La Mama etc.) Milosevic at the Hague (Joakim Interfest, Serbia), Alice Grace Anon (Irondale/New Georges) and Spring Awakening (Looking Glass Theater). She is also a company member of the Shadow Box Theater and a veteran actor for Paint Box Theater. Many thanks to FoodPlay Productions and love to family and friends.
Cheryl Thompson (Stage Manager) is excited to be returning to FoodPlay for her second tour! She is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona with a BFA in Theatre Production, Design and Technology with an emphasis in Stage Management. Most recently she worked at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH as the stage manager for the Summer Children’s Series. Other past experiences include working for: New World Stages, Arizona Repertory Theatre, Wingspan Arts, Amios, Artifact Dance Project, and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.
Ali Zinman (Stage Manager) is a recent graduate from the University of Pittsburgh where she received a BA in Theatre Arts. Theatre for young audiences has always been a passion of hers and she is thrilled to be a part of FoodPlay. Some recent credits include: Macbeth, Children of Eden and Venus.
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