Who’s Who at FoodPlay

Executive Director & Nutritionist
Barbara Storper, MS, RD
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Program & Partnership Manager
Rachel Achmad
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Theater Production Manager
Regina Diemand
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Office & Store Manager
Nuala O’Brien
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Business Development
Patti Dougherty
Polly Normand, MPH, RD, CDE
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FoodPlay Online Store:
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Traveling Troupes – Fall 2017

Benjamin David Knight (Coach) is a NYC based actor from Windsor, NJ and is very excited to join his first FOODPLAY tour! Benjamin received his BA in Theatre Arts from Pace University. Having performed both Off and Off-Off Broadway, he has most recently appeared on tour as part of the National Theatre of the Deaf, as ‘The Todd’ in Scrubs: My Cabaret, and as ‘Matt’ in Dog Sees God. He’s thrilled to bring his two passions of juggling and nutrition together for children across the country!

Courtney Megaro (Janey) is so excited to be joining her second FOODPLAY tour! Previous credits include Dog Sees God as ‘Van’s Sister’, ‘Lucy’ in Mr. Marmalade, and ‘Rainbow Sprinkles’ in The History of Toys. She is also a resident actor with the Secret Theater in Queens. She holds her BFA in Musical Theater from The New School.

Theater Staff

Ian Wentz Young (Director) is a theatre artist based in New York City. He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he studied acting. As a director and writer, his work has been seen at The Atlantic Theater Company’s Stage 2 as part of the Atlantic Farm Team as well as at 13th Street Rep. Ian is a founding member of the New York based Joust Theatre Company where he was recently seen in their workshop production of Incorruptible by Jacob Marx Rice. Ian is thrilled to be returning as the Director after playing ‘Coach’ in FOODPLAY’s National Tour in fall 2016. He is very excited to help the magic and message of FOODPLAY reach kids all around the country!

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.”


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