Imported Talent/ FPLA


Feb. 5-21, 2016
Studio Stage Theater


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The FRESH PRODUCE’d L.A. Core Company:

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RIVA DI PAOLA (Executive Director)

First generation Italian-Canadian, Riva was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She is an artist, actress, voiceover, producer and animal-rights activist. She has produced over 40 theater productions and spent 4-years as an in-house TV producer managing production. Her voice can be heard on hundreds of National Commercials, Video Games and TV Networks. Her acting credits include- Film/TV (select): Don’t Call It A Comeback Dir: Ramin Serry/ Streetlight Films, In The Grey Dir: Shawn Spitler, Under The Big Top Dir: Nara DeMuro, A&E’s TV Pilot Killer Beauty, Starred in 2 seasons of Crimes of Fashion for STARtv. Off-Broadway (select): Lucy in Quake By Melanie Marnich, The Awesome News by Jeremy Kamps, Die Happy Manhattan Theater Festival. She also co-wrote, produced and starred in, The Dessert Club (Fringe Festival) in which she won the Women In Film & Television development grant to create an original sitcom series. Fun Facts: Riva’s been married over 800 times! (playing TINA in Second City’s Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding) and she’s the Voice of Rebecca Chambers in the video game Resident Evil 0. She studied at Circle In The Square Theatre School in NYC. Riva is a proud mentor at the Young Storytellers Foundation and member of Voxy Ladies.


HEATHER BOOTHBY (Artistic Director)
Heather Boothby is a small town girl from Guymon, OK who is now living the big city dream. She is a graduate from the University of Oklahoma with a double degree in Acting and Dramaturgy and also a big lover of OU football. Boomer Sooner! Theatre Credits: The Left Hand Singing (Linda), Pyrenees (Anna), As It Is In Heaven (Jane), Chamber Music (Woman with Gavel), Matt and Ben (Ben, Producer and Director), The Shadow Box (Director). Heather is thrilled to be spending her second year in Los Angeles joining FRESH PRODUCE’d LA and working on new plays with talented actors, directors and playwrights!

AMELIA PHILLIPS (Literary Manager)
Amelia spent her first six years in Brooklyn, New York, and the next fifteen in Chicago, IL, making her a Chicago native with an East coast edge.  She is a graduate of Northwestern University, with a degree in theater and a pre-med focus, though she dropped medicine her final year of school with the realization that she hates studying science.  She has studied acting with Lesly Kahn, Robert Carnegie at Playhouse West, UCB for improv, and Nancy Wolfson and Billy Holmes for voice over.  Currently, she spends her time doing voice over for radio and TV commercials, specializing in “fun soccer mom” and “10 year old boy”.  She also writes, has performed her short stories across Los Angeles, and is in the process of penning an original full-length piece about a family in a brothel for Fresh Produce’d.  She is also putting the finishing touches on a feature length screenplay about a woman connecting with a student from her past who is now on death row for murder. Film: starred in award-winning shorts, Atomism, Fridge Tales, and Male Receptionist.  Featured in Get Him to the Greek.  TV: HBO’s Funny or Die Presents.  Web series: Brunch directed by Jake Bradbury.  Various regional theater credits.  Fun fact: her dog Blanche is smarter and cooler, but most likely lazier, than your dog.

RAJAN VELU (Managing Director)
Rajan grew up in Sydney, Australia and moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to continue his acting career. He is a Graduate of the Journey from the Actors Centre in Australia and has worked extensively in all mediums of performing Arts. Film: Superman Returns Dir. Bryan Singer, You Can't Curry Love Dir. Reid Waterer, The Survey Dir. Ryan Cooglar, Eat Spirit Eat Dir. James Bird. TV: Scorpion, CBS, Scandal abc, Hollywood Heights Nickelodeon, Solution Street Disney, All Saints (Network 7, Australia), Co-hosted the abc family holiday lounge. Theatre: Lost:The Musical (Sayid), Henry V (Captain Gower/Clarence) ISC, The Changeling (Antonio) ISC. Theatre (Australia): The Last Highway Sydney Festival, The Drum Sydney Opera House, Fearless N Theatre Kantanka The Mahabharatha TRAC Productions. In addition to acting Rajan enjoys writing and is currently working on a TV Pilot and a Feature Film.

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KAHYUN KIM (Associate Producer)
Born and raised in Korea, Kahyun is a recent Drama Major graduate from the Juilliard school. Since graduating, she's been doing a combination of theater, film and TV. She's recurring on the Disney Chanel's "Austin and Ally" and her film with Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan "Playing It Cool" will be opening soon in theaters. She recently came back from NY, filming on Debra Messing's new show on NBC called "Mysteries of Laura" as the rebel babysitter, Sammi. Kahyun played kris in Fresh Produce'd’s production of “hey brother". @kahyunkim257


LUKE RAMPERSAD (Associate Producer)
Luke grew up in NYC, NJ, and then Palo Alto, CA before moving back east to earn a BA in Psychology at Swarthmore College.  He then crossed the Atlantic to attend the 3-year acting course at LAMDA (the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art). While in London, Luke began booking voice over and film work.  In the sci-fi/action short "State Zero," he got to shoot at zombie-vampires and say badass lines such as, "Do your momma know you playin' with the big boys today?" Since coming to LA, he's had lead roles in several student films at USC and Chapman U's graduate film schools. He also recently had a lead role in the upcoming indie film "Solace." Luke has been killed off in a variety of ways both on stage and screen, including death by demon barber (Sweeney Todd), suicide by gun (A Few Good Men), suicide by grenade (State Zero), suicide by bomb (Pornography), and one unfortunate incident involving poison, a knife, and a nail gun (Revenger's Tragedy).  You'd think he'd have taken the hint by now. But, no, he's still acting.

JASON KARASEV (Technical Director)
A native Chicagoan and a National Scholar in the Arts (NFAA), Jason’s work has been seen in many capacities. Some of his stage work includes the title role in My Name Is Asher Lev (Fountain Theatre, Ovation Nomination), Tape (Best of Hollywood Fringe), Mercury Fur (Ovation Nomination), Broadway Bound (The Drury Lane), A Blameless Life (Steppenwolf Theatre), Sex/Adept (Victory Gardens), Tesla’s Letters (TimeLine Theatre), Wig Out (Sundance Theatre Lab) and many more. Recently, Jason has been a series regular on ABC Family and MTV and has been seen on Nickelodeon, the CW, BuzzFeed Films, and in several indie features and shorts. He has studied at The Second City, Chicago with SNL Alum Jason Sudeikis, i.O, Chicago and is a proud graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul. For more info and news visit and follow him on Twitter @TheJasonKarasev


CARISSA PINCKNEY (Communications Manager)
Hailing from the beautiful state of North Carolina, Carissa became enamored with theater after taking an acting class her sophomore year of high school to help her with public speaking. Much to her parents dismay after that class she decided to toss out her dreams of being a doctor and focus only on Theater and Acting. Upon graduating form NYU’s Tisch School of the arts she decided quickly that she was done with New York winters and moved to LA. Notable productions include; Theater: My sweet Edible Me (Dir. Katie Bull/Public Theater),The Possibilities (Experimental Theater Wing/Dir. Tim Carroll), Iceland (Dir. O-Lan Jones/Overtone Industries), The Blacks (Hollywood Fringe Festival) T.V Key and Peele, The Crazy Ones Short Film Bezique, {un}Afraid, Living with strangers.