Who’s Who at FoodPlay

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

Theater Production:
Regina Diemand: Production Manager
Jillian Morgan: Assistant Production Manager
S. M. Payson: Production Consultant

Office/Store Manager:
Nuala O’Brien

Program Sales & Management:
Rachel Achmad: Program Manager
Erica Wheeler: Outreach Coordinator
Maya Wyler: Program Sales
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 – Fall 2015

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

Ali Zinman (Stage Manager) is a recent graduate from the University of Pittsburgh where she received a BA in Theater Arts. Theater for young audiences has always been a passion of hers and she is thrilled to be a part of FOODPLAY for a second season. Some recent credits include: Macbeth, Children of Eden and Venus.

Linda Tardif (Coach) is excited to return to FOODPLAY for her second national tour! She recently appeared in Silverthorne Theater’s The Skin of Our Teeth as Sabina and in Pauline Productions’ 4,000 Miles as Bec. Other previous credits include Milosevic at the Hague (Serious Play!/Joakim Interest, Serbia), Marchellus Shale (Talking Band/ La MaMa etc.), and Alicegraceanon (Irondale/New Georges). She received her B.A in Theater from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Adam Borque (Johnny) Since graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City in 2013, Adam has had the pleasure of working Off-Broadway in On Kentucky Avenue: The Club Harlem Revue, touring internationally with Mystic India: The World Tour, and working in immersive theatre with the NY Renaissance Faire. He looks forward to bringing a great message to today’s youth, and enjoy his passion for juggling all the while!

Cheryl Thompson (Stage Manager) is excited to be returning to the FoodPlay family for her third 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 Theater Barn in New Lebanon, NY as their 2015 Summer Stage Manager. Other past experiences include: The Palace Theatre, New World Stages, Arizona Repertory Theatre, Wingspan Arts, Amios, Artifact Dance Project, and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Keith Allen (Coach) is proud to return to FOODPLAY for his fourth tour, after a hiatus where he traveled the world as an International yo-yoing motivational speaker, inspiring and teaching kids the steps it takes to become a champion at school and in life! A graduate of Penn State University, Keith is originally from the Poconos Mountains. Since graduation, Keith has entertained, motivated and inspired well over 400,000 kids worldwide. A juggler, skateboarder,step dancer, ballroom dancer, guitarist and poet, Keith has entertained, motivated, and inspired kids across the globe to be the best they can be.

Felicia Masias (Janey) hails from a small town in West Texas and has been professionally acting in New York City for the past seven years. She’s thrilled to join FOODPLAY for her fourth national tour as Janey Junkfood. You can also see her in FoodPlay Productions’ one person show – “Tobe Fit – The Juggling Nutrition Magician.” As well as acting, Felicia teaches and performs circus arts including balancing, plate spinning, and juggling for all ages!


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