BIOGRAPHIES OF THE PERFORMERS ON
TELL ME A STORY 3: WOMEN
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.
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 www.yvettefreeman.com
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 www.laurahall.com
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
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 Tousmesregimes.com (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 www.wendyhammers.com
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.
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 www.loriadajaroslow.com.
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 www.paulapoundstone.com
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.