Barbara Storper, MS, RD
Melinda Beasi: Managing Director
Nuala O’Brien: Operations Assistant/Store Manager
Megan Cannon: Production Manager
S. M. Payson: Assistant Production Manager
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:
Danielle Gendron (Coach) is thrilled to be joining the FoodPlay family! She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Oklahoma City University before moving to New York to pursue her career. Danielle originally hails from the great state of North Carolina. Previous credits include: The Carrie Diaries (The CW), Cowgirls n’ Angels (Twentieth Century Fox), Equilibria (Brown Dog Pictures), Wrong Turn at Lungfish (Anita Merendino), The Female Odd Couple (Florence Unger), and Romance, Romance (Monica). She would like to thank the FoodPlay staff for the opportunity, and her family and friends for their continued love and support.
Carlos Leon (Coach) is a graduate of Florida Southern College with a BFA in Theatre Performance. He has been a professional performer in regional theaters around the country such as Ohio’s Weathervane Playhouse, Lexington Children’s Theatre and TheatreWorks Florida. This is his first time working with FoodPlay and he would like to thank them for this opportunity and experience.
Alyssa Bryner (Janey Junkfood) is a recent graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a BA in Theatre and is absolutely thrilled to be joining FoodPlay Productions. Previous credits include: The Tale of the West Texas Marsupial Girl (Marsupial Girl), Dog Sees God (Lucy), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Sheila), and recently performed in one of Penn State’s New Musicals, All Fall Down (Sarah Little). Alyssa was born in rural southwestern Pennsylvania and graduated from Stage Right! School for the Performing Arts. While at Penn State, she was the recipient of the Peg French Undergraduate Award in Theatre. She would like to thank FoodPlay Productions for this incredible opportunity and her friends and family for their continued love and support.
Jordon Phillips (Johnny Junkfood) is incredibly excited to join the FoodPlay family for his first tour! A native of Virginia, Jordon currently lives in Ohio. Some favorite past credits include, Spamalot (Patsy), The Mousetrap (Christopher Wren), Oliver! (Artful Dodger), and Moon Over Buffalo (Howard). He would like to thank FoodPlay Productions for this amazing opportunity, as well as his family and friends for all of their support.
Brittany Giles (Stage Manager) is excited to tour with FoodPlay for the first time! Brittany started her career in entertainment at Bloc South Talent Agency where she worked her way up to becoming the lead agent prior to her departure in May 2013. Some of her favorite credits include: Creative Otis Inc: Big Otis Jump Up Blues Revue, New Harmony Theatre: Boeing Boeing, Fences, Cotton Patch Gospel, Horizon Theatre: The Santaland Diaries, Waffle Palace, A Night of David Ives, Eye for an Eye, Ubskure Productions: One Drop Too White, The Fall Out 2011, The Fall Out 2012 Western Connecticut State University: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
Stephanie Thompson (Stage Manager) Stephanie is thrilled to join FoodPlay for a third tour! She is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a B.F.A. in Technical Theatre and Design. Most recently she worked at Chester Theatre Company as a ASM for TRYST. Past experiences include working for Norwegian Cruise Lines, New London Barn Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, and Connecticut Lyric Opera. Many thanks to both her family and her FoodPlay family.
Melinda Beasi: Website Developer, Editor, Webmaster
Peter Hutchins: Website Consultant
Val Nelson: Website Writer and Consultant
Peter Reynolds: Illustrator, Selected Illustrations © Peter H. Reynolds (www.fablevision.com)
Amy Johnquest: Set Designer
Fran Schneid: Graphic Artist and Book Illustrator
Lee Newton: Illustrator
Peter Reynolds: Illustrator
Selene Mallozzi: Illustrator