Who’s Who at FoodPlay

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

Partnership Director:
Polly Normand, MPH, RD, CDE

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

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

Office/Store Manager:
Nuala O’Brien

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, RDN (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 – Fall 2016

Our two-person troupes include the following professional actors:

Ian Young (Coach) is an actor, writer, and director based in New York City. He has recently performed in workshops of This Room is for Everybody and Playground Games, and a video for Elite Daily. He is a founding member of The Joust Theatre Company where he wrote and directed the short play, It’s Hard to be Boiled. Ian is very excited to be performing in FOODPLAY for his first tour!

Linda Demirdjian (Janey) is returning to FOODPLAY for her second tour! She is a recent graduate with a B.F.A. from 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.

Allison Fuller (Coach) is excited to be a part of FOODPLAY! She grew up in Denver, CO, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado. She currently works as a freelance performer based out of New York City, and can’t wait to travel with FOODPLAY and meet kids across the country!

Harrison Scott (Johnny) is thrilled to be a part of FOODPLAY! An NYU-trained actor from New Jersey, he studied at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, ITW Amsterdam, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Since graduating in May, he has starred in a number of new plays, readings, and short films, most recently as the lovable, hapless clown “Tad” in Thud! at the NY International Fringe Festival.


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