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JESSICA DICICCO, The Goddess and the Ogre, began her acting career on Marlo Thomas’s ABC-TV special Free to Be a Family, and Francis Ford Coppola,an early mentor, cast her in The Godfather, Part III. She has innumerable commercial and television credits and was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her work in the Nickelodeon pilot Bus Number 9. Nickelodeon, noting her versatile voice, cast her as the voice of Noggin to launch its new network. She voiced the lead role of Malina in The Emperor’s New School for which she received a Daytime Emmy nomination; Maggie in The Buzz on Maggie; Lexi Bunny in Warner Brothers’ Loonatics Unleashed; and Frances in Jim Henson’s Frances. She plays Shelby in Dreamworks’ Over The Hedge and Gwen in Amy Poehler’s The Mighty B.

ALEXANDRA DONNER, titles, is better known as Alex and is a junior in high school. She loves painting, baking and learning photography, and she plans to major in graphic design. Alex trains at Moves Dance Studio where she has been a student for fourteen years. She has three cats and hopes to adopt a pet python soon.

YVETTE FREEMAN, Reindeer Maiden, has won numerous awards, including an Obie, for her performance as Dinah Washington in Dinah Was. A graduate of the University of Delaware, Yvette’s first major performance was in Broadway’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ which utilized her tremendous singing voice and led to innumerable stage roles. Yvette played Nurse Haleh Adams on NBC’s ER for 13 seasons and has guest starred in numerous series, including Nip/Tuck and NYPD Blue; feature film credits include Switch, Children of the Corn III, and HBO’s Norma and Marilyn. Yvette also wrote and directed the film The Blessing Way and has written, directed and produced several short films, including Remember, The Making of a Global Village, The Confused Toad and Hideous Scream. You can find out more about Yvette at

AMY FRIEDMAN, writer and producer, has written the popular widely syndicated newspaper feature Tell Me A Story since 1992. She has published essays, memoirs and novels and two collections of Tell Me A Story stories as well as two previous Tell Me A Story CDs. Amy works as an editor and teaches at UCLA Extension in Los Angeles.

EVA HALL, titles, is in 6th grade. “My favorite sports are basketball and baseball. I have two dogs. My favorite subject is Technology. I like animals, both real and fantasy. When I grow up I want to be a Zoologist. My favorite place to be is in the snow or in my clubhouse.”

LAURA HALL, composer, musician and engineer, is best known as the improvisational pianist on Whose Line Is It Anyway? Laura has written two albums of original music for young children, I See A Tiger and Come Join the Parade, as well as the music for the Wheels on the Bus video series starring Roger Daltrey. She has two CDs of original music, A Woman of Faith and All in God’s Good Time, and scored the award winning documentary Swimming in Auschwitz. You can find out more about Laura at

RUTHIE HALL, titles, is in 4th grade. She likes monkeys, tacos, donuts, and pudding. “My favorite subject is writing, and I have an awesome teacher named Dr. Fell. My favorite color is blue, and I love animals. When I grow up I want to be an actress, and I want to win an Oscar Award.”

JILLIAN GILLILAND, illustrator, has illustrated the worldwide syndicated feature Tell Me A Story since 1992. Her artwork has been widely exhibited, and she has illustrated over 20 children’s books for which she has garnered several prestigious awards. To see more of Jillian’s work visit

WENDY HAMMERS, The Lady and the Judge, loves telling stories to her fantastic tweenage son, Griffin, and her newlywed husband, Garth, as well as at Tasty Words™, a storytelling salon for grown ups in Los Angeles that Wendy created and hosts. On the tube she has appeared on The Sopranos, Curb your Enthusiasm, Oprah, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. On the page, she has published the book (Marabout Press) and appears in the collection What Was I Thinking? (St. Martins' Press). Wendy also coaches writer/performers in her Write at Home™ classes. You can find out more about Wendy at

BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD, The Cleverest Tune, made her feature film debut in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village and her directorial debut with the short film Orchids. She received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance as Rosalind in Kenneth Branagh’s As You Like It, and has appeared in such films as Terminator Salvation, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, Spider-Man 3, Lady in the Water, and Manderlay. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, on stage Howard has appeared in such roles as Marianne in Roundabout’s Broadway production of Tartuffe, Rosalind in the Public Theatre’s As You Like It, and Sally Platt in the Manhattan Theater Club’s House/Garden.

LORI ADA JAROSLOW, director and editor, has performed on and off-Broadway in such musicals and plays as Fiddler on the Roof and Grease. She is also a writer, singer and teacher. To learn more about Lori, visit her at

PAULA POUNDSTONE, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, has starred in numerous comedy specials for HBO, and was the first woman to receive the Cable ACE. Paula appears weekly on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. Other credits include the voice of Judge Stone on ABC’s Saturday Morning Science Court aka Squigglevision, and Paula in Cartoon Network’s Home Movies. She has made numerous TV appearances and won an Emmy for her field pieces on PBS’s Life & Times.
Her first book, There’s Nothing in This Book I Meant to Say, is part memoir, part monologue. She also is the author, along with her high school math teacher,Faye Ruopp, of three math textbooks for children. Paula was recently named national spokesperson for Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA). You can find out more about Paula at

MARGOT ROSE, Whisker of the Lioness, began her acting career in New York City and was an original company member of I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road. Acting credits include over 60 roles including television appearances on Star Trek TNG, West Wing, Judging Amy, LA Law, The Division and Chicago Hope as well as TV movies and miniseries including Murder Ordained, Hallmark’s Plainsong, Jon Benet Murder Mystery, and The Betty Broderick Story. She has appeared in such feature films as 48 Hrs., Civil Action, True Believer, Eating, Sliver and Hollow Man. Rose’s stage credits include Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, Taken in Marriage, Sordid Lives, Uncommon Women & Others and Siblings. Rose is composer and co-lyricist of two musicals, has recorded an album and co-wrote the song Sordid Lives, the title song of the series of the same name.