Our cast members are true experts in the kid’s space and are so excited to explore, play, and grow with you. Their experience ranges from Sesame Street to Nickelodeon and beyond. Discover more about each of our cast members below.
Allie has a passion for children and family audiences and is a storytelling expert. Allie loves inspiring others through the power of movement and most recently played the role of “Elmo” on the national tour of Sesame Street Live. She also has performed professionally with Nickelodeon and Disney. With that, Allie worked as a casting producer for NBC's America's Got Talent and has been a casting consultant for many seasons of ABC's American Idol. She also has experience working with Disney Junior's creative development team and Disney Interactive's social media team. Allie is so excited to bring her knowledge and expertise to Beanstalk.See Allie's Episodes
Braden Carlisle is nationally recognized, award-winning family and kids magician who specializes in comedy, magic, and having fun. Far from the tackiness or cheesiness* often associated with magicians, Braden’s magic is funny, sharp and relies on a lifetime of practice and performing experience. You’ll be left laughing harder than you thought possible at magic show!
*Top Hat Not Included
David Ladon is a Colorado-based musician, producer, and educator whose original children's music project, Animal Farm, has earned Parents' Choice, Mom's Choice, National Parenting Product Awards, and Kids First endorsement by Quality Children's Media. In addition to teaching at Beanstalk, he coordinates podcasting programs at Youth On Record. David has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Rochester (2007) and an M.A. in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education from DePaul University (2018).See David's Episodes
Joshua Kirk has a Masters in Theater Education and his undergrad is in Adolescent Studies. He enjoys outdoor adventure sports and is a member of Alpine Rescue Team in Denver, Colorado. Joshua owns Improv LEAP, a corporate training program that utilizes the principles of improv theater to grow communication, creativity, and teamwork.See Josh's Episodes
Juanita Olivo is an actress and singer from Dominican Republic via Miami. She has worked with Sesame Street Workshop as the lead vocalist for "Sesame Street Live! Let's Party!" and What If Works as a principal actor and mentor to young adults in the arts. Excited to be working with Beanstalk to bring entertainment and education to your very own computer.See Juanita's Episodes
Kelsey studied art education and taught elementary art in the classroom for 5 years! She loves the creativity that our littlest artists possess. When she is not making art with kids, Kelsey is working on paintings in her studio or finding inspiration in nature.See Kelsey's Episodes
Paulina loves engaging young minds and encouraging the spread of kindness and decency with all the new friends she meets. She has tons of energy and finds herself on lots of crazy adventures, like swimming with whales to climbing mountains. Sharing stories is one of her favorite ways to communicate with others, and that’s why she loves spending time with her friends here at Beanstalk.See Paulina's Episodes
Aronzo (Ronnie) Traylor II lives for entertaining and encouraging imagination and creativity in young learners. Aronzo could last be seen in the 2019-2020 national tour of “Sesame Street Live!: Let’s Party!” He is honored to play a magical role in the Beanstalk family and hopes to inspire future dreamers and creators.See Ronnie's Episodes
Samantha is an LA based actress, voice actor and teacher best known for co-hosting Nickelodeon’s TOP ELF. She’s worked on commercials and shows seen on major networks. Samantha has performed throughout America in regional productions, off-broadway and in schools with Story Pirates! She's taught theatre and creative writing in New York, New Jersey and California for the past 8 years. Currently, she teaches with Story Pirates, Mainstages, JCC Westside and with the amazing Theatre 31!See Samantha's Episodes
Soleil has worked with children of all ages in a variety of subjects, but loves STEAM for its ability to craft investigations of the world around us. Soleil believes that these questions should make us more curious rather than less, and always encourages children to keep exploring. Her mission is to foster thoughtful, creative minds that are ready to challenge the objects and happenings in our world, and does this at Beanstalk through collaborative inventions, investigations, and experiments.See Soleil's Episodes
Tim Barnes is a Colorado-based informal science educator with more than twenty-five years of experience at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). A U.S.Navy veteran and currently a Lafayette, CO, City Councilor, Tim holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado (1993) and certification as an interpretive guide (CGI). He has co-authored pieces for the American Meteorological Society Bulletin (BAMS) and delivered professional development in, consulted on, and received multiple awards in education.See Tim's Episodes
Tyler Manning at his core is an explorer of instruments and abstract sounds. Alongside producing music regularly in Ableton, he’s the co founder of a nonprofit called Boredomfighters that’s dedicated to giving the next generation access to music production and sharing the feeling of being in the studio.See Tyler's Episodes
Uche Ogbuji is a poet, spoken word performer, engineer and more recently DJ who loves working with kids, whether as a soccer coach or while teaching poetry and self-expression. His book of poems, "Ndewo, Colorado", is a Colorado Book Award Winner, and another book, "Ńchéfù Road", forthcoming in 2021, won the Christopher Smart Prize in the UK, and is due to be published in 2021. Born and educated in Nigeria, Uche now lives in Colorado with his wife and four children.See Uche's Episodes