Chef Ernest Palmisano - Owner/Chef of Ernest's Orleans Restaurant - Growing up Ernest was raised in his Father's restaurant that was the legendary place to see and be seen in downtown Shreveport - the kind of place where people dressed for dinner. His stories are entertaining and not to be missed along with the amazing buffet of the favorite dishes that make Ernest's Orleans the best restaurant in Shreveport! You don't want to miss the marinated crab claws! His beautiful wife, Tina Marie, has been in the show twice has been influential in the success of "Meanwhile, Back At Cafe Du Monde..." - you don't want to miss her famous tamales!
Ryan Glorioso - Casting Director/Owner - Glorioso Casting - After graduating with a BA in Theatre from Louisiana’s Northwestern State University in 1996, Ryan relocated to L.A. where he worked as an actor for 8 years. He established his career in casting and became a member of the Casting Society of America in Louisiana's blooming film market. Just four years after establishing his company, Glorioso Casting, Ryan stands as a constant and respected member of Louisiana's film community. Some projects recently cast locally by Glorioso Casting include; The Expendables, Butter, Super, Straw Dogs, Leaves of Grass and Wonderful World. Two of Ryan's films premiered at The 2010 Sundance www.gloriosocasting.com
Tom Pace - Emcee - Radio Personality, Photographer & Community Activist - A returning emcee, Tom has been in the Shreveport shows from the first show on September 2010, and is one of the biggest fans and supporters of "Meanwhile, Back At Cafe Du Monde..." since he was born in New Orleans where eating at Cafe Du Monde. was a weekly event! We are grateful for Tom's support as he has introduced us to almost every headliner for the Shreveport shows!
Chief Sandy Davis - Director of Homeland Security - Bossier/Caddo Parish - A retired career fire service professional with 27 years of service to the Shreveport Fire Department. In his current position, he serves in various leadership capacities that enable him to provide cutting edge emergency management not only to the citizens of Caddo and Bossier Parishes but for the citizens of the State of Louisiana as well. Sandy is a published authori and motivational speaker. Sandy and his wife of 36 years, Patti, live in Keithville, Louisiana and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Sandy returns to "Meanwhile, Back At Cafe Du Monde... for the 3rd time as a headliner and his stories of cooking for the firemen bring the audiences to hysterics!
Robert Darrow - Shreveport Little Theatre's Managing and Artistic Director - earned his MA in Liberal Arts from LSU-S in 2002 and a BA from Centenary in Theatre/Speech and Eduction in 1981. He attended Circle in the Square in NYC. In 1990, Darrow helped establish The Philadelphia Center, a non-profit, social service agency and served as its executive director for the first five years. He began his career as a child actor, appearing in over 100 local productions and has directed over forty productions. In March of 2011, Darrow completed a decade's long quest of rebuilding the Shreveport Little Theatre after two fires
destroyed the original historic structure.
Diego Martinez - President of Millennieum Films - Attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he studied Film Production, near his native New Orleans. After college he started and headed an Internet Service Providing company, one of the first in Mississippi. In 1998 he moved to Medellin, Colombia where he taught English for five years. Diego returned to Louisiana to pursue his passion for film production. After working on a number of productions as an Art Department Coordinator, Diego made the transition to Production Supervisor on three Millennium Film projects. In June of 2008, Diego joined Nu Image/Millennium Films as President of Millennium Studios, and as Executive Producer overseeing Louisiana productions. Currently, he is responsible for the construction of the new studio facility being built in the Ledbetter Heights neighborhood in Shreveport with a grand opening in March.
Rob Jenkins - Comedian/Magician - Specializing in entertaining the highest of clientale, Rob has performed all over the world with acts such as Wynonna Judd, Clint Black, Staind, ZZ Top, as well as comedic stars Pauly Shore and Tommy Chong. His comedy has been featured on Comedy Central, A&E, and NBC. Based out of Shreveport, LA Rob Jenkins is the busiest full time magician in the state doing on average 8-10 showsper week. He has been a full time comedy/magic professional since 1998, and has been featured at the Nations top Comedy Clubs and Casinos. Rob headlines Las Vegas 3 times per year and is often called upon to consult some of the biggest names in magic. website: http://www.robjenkinsmagic.com
Peggy Sweeney-McDonald - Creator/Producer of "Meanwhile, Back At Cafe Du Monde..." is very excited to return to one of her favorite venues! The Shreveport shows have been very special as they welcomed us with open arms from the first show! Tina and Ernest Palmisano have become dear friends along with all the other fabulous headliners and emcees who have blessed our shows in Shreveport! So excited about the new headliners, Debbie Allen, Ryan Glorioso, Diego Martinez Rob Jenkins and Robert Darrow! This will be a very special evening and, of course, the food will be outrageously delish! www.superstareventsla.com