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  Giselle Achecar (The Cricket's Song, on Animal Magic) has performed in such films and tv shows as Happy Feet, Justice League Unlimited, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Giselle also has appeared in countless television and radio commercials, on video games and in independent films. With the birth of her daughter, Adriana, Giselle has stayed home to care for her angel and to write for television and film.

Len Cariou (The Talking Cat, on Animal Magic) is a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame. He received Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his legendary Broadway performance as Sweeney Todd, a Tony nomination for A Little Night Music, and Tony and Theater World Award nominations for Applause. He has starred on- and off-Broadway, regionally and internationally during a career spanning almost 50 years. See forĀ  more on this esteemed artist.

Poppy Champlin (Searching for Fear) is an internationally renowned comedian and Second City veteran who has appeared on A&E, Lifetime, VH-1 and Comedy Central. Poppy's act is featured in the new HBO Documentary All Aboard Rosie's R-Family Vacation.

Glenna Forster-Jones (The Tortoise and the Magic Drum on Animal Magic) was born in Sierre Leone, West Africa and studied drama at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She has worked as a broadcaster for BBC, a performer for the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and a presenter for television. Glenna has appeared in such films as Joanna with Donald Sutherland, Leo the Last with Marcello Mastroianni, and Sympathy for the Devil with the Rolling Stones, directed by Jean Luc Godard. Other credits include Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Trouble in Mind by Alice Childers, The Mikado with an all-black cast and the first African play produced in Royal Court Theatre in London. On TV Glenna appears in shows as diverse as Brideshead Revisited, Desmonds and Casualty.
  Amy Friedman (writer and co-producer) writes the popular (since 1992) syndicated newspaper feature Tell Me A Story and has also written numerous books, articles and stories for adults. Amy hopes to continue to produce more CDs of the more than 900 stories she has written for Tell Me A Story. She lives in Los Angeles where she writes and teaches writing at UCLA Extension and privately.
  Jillian Gilliland (cover Illustrator) is an artist, a teacher and an internationally published, award winning book illustrator, with 26 books, mostly for children, under her belt. Since 1992 Jillian has concentrated on creating the weekly artwork that accompanies Amy's multicultural tales for Tell Me A Story, the widely syndicated children's newspaper feature published by Universal Press Syndicate. Jillian and her husband hail from Canada but have lived in Africa and Ireland. They have two children who so loved storybooks as children, that their unfailing bed time request was, "Please tell me a story, mum!"

  Laura Hall (composer and sound engineer)is best known as the piano player on the hit television show Whose Line is it Anyway? Laura has written two albums of music for young children as well as the music for The Wheels on the Bus Video series, starring Roger Daltrey. Thereā€™s more on Laura at Laura is also maestro of music on in each of the stories on the CD, playing keyboards, percussion, accordion, concertina, toy piano, autoharp & drum programming

Rick Hall (Anansi and Turtle's Feast) performs onstage and on television in such shows as Curb Your Enthusiasm and 24. Rick's film appearances include Three Fugitives and the Hallmark film Audrey's Rain. Rick also plays trombone and harmonica on Anansi and Turtle's Feast and on Women of Wonder.

Ruthie Hall (titles) has two dogs, one frog and one sister. Her mom helped on the music for this cd. Ruthie is seven years old. She likes to read chapter books. She likes to train her nutty dogs. She is in 1st grade.

Lori Ada Jaroslow (A Sense of Theft, and CD director/co-producer on Timeless Folktales, director and editor on Animal Magic) has performed on and Off-Broadway in musicals including Fiddler on the Roof and Grease. Lori is currently completing work as writer/performer on her original musical and solo show.
  Jack McGee (Two Frogs from Japan) is a veteran of hundreds of film and TV appearances. Since jumping into show business 25 years ago he has dreamed of using his voice to bring joy and a smile to children's faces.

Meera Simhan (The Elephant's Reward on Animal Magic) was born in England and raised in India and California. She studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has appeared in such film and television shows as Date Movie, Law and Order Criminal Intent, Nip/Tuck, Without a Trace and Crossing Jordan. She is completing her solo show Sex, Lies and Indian Girls.

Peter James Smith (The Poet and the Dragon on Animal Magic) is most widely known for his role as Ed in The West Wing. Other television and film credits include Serenity, Monk, ER, Friends, and the King of Queens. He has performed live theater in Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington, D.C., Salt Lake City, Virginia City and Galesburg. For more on Peter please see

Arigon Starr (Coyote's Gift on Animal Magic) is a multi-talented, enrolled member of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma. She is an award-winning singer, songwriter, musician, actor, artist and playwright and has released four music CDs. Native Voices at the Autry has featured her in their stage productions and produced her one-woman show The Red Road and radio comedy series Super Indian. For more on Arigon, please visit
  William Thomas, Jr. (Rabbit on the Moon) starred in the original companies of such Broadway shows as Godspell and La Cage Aux Folles, and was a television series regular on The Cosby Show and others. He is currently finishing his second year of seminary.
  Lauren Tom (The Selkie Bride) is an Obie Award-winning actress who has starred on Broadway, in numerous films including Joy Luck Club, and as a regular on such television series as Men in Trees, Friends and Grace Under Fire. Lauren's voice can be heard in such animated series as Mulan II, King of the Hill, The Replacements and Where My Dogs At?
  Kathleen Wilhoite (The Boatman's Howling Daughter) has appeared in numerous films, including Lorenzo's Oil and Drowning Mona, innumerable television series, including Gilmore Girls, and as the voice of Pepper Ann and Cathy, the cartoon characters on TV. Kathleen juggles songwriting, performance and writing with her most challenging and satisfying creative endeavor - her family.

Charlayne Woodard (The Clever Girl) is an Obie award winning actress who was nominated for a Tony and Drama Desk Award for her notable performance in the original company of Ain't Misbehavin'. Film credits include Sunshine State and Unbreakable, and her many television appearances include the title role in Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story. You can find more on Charlayne at

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