Tara and Yuri are both passionate about storytelling and do so by any means necessary. They are actors, writers, and producers who formed Monkey Kingdom Productions in 2004 to empower themselves in an often fickle entertainment industry. In 2009 they created Bug Bot Press to publish their first project, a book they had written about voice acting, an area in which they are well renowned. They have acted, written and produced for stage, film, TV and the web and show no signs of stopping. Experience the mayhem!
Tara is an accomplished actor/writer/producer/entrepreneur who creates excellence thru play! She and Lowenthal run publishing company Bug Bot Press, as well as their production company, Monkey Kingdom Productions, which just celebrated 10 years of indie production. Tara has produced and acted-in various award-winning MKP productions: Con Artists, , Out of Time and currently Topsy McGee VS The Sky Pirates. She also created, starred in and produced the successful web-comedy, Shelf Life, for four seasons. Platt lends her voice to many animated series and video games like Sunset Overdrive, Naruto, and Ben 10, and most recently Tara appeared on camera on Scandal, Hawaii Five-0 and Castle, as well as in the Halle Berry movie The Call.
Together with her husband, Yuri, she wrote the award-winning book, Voice-Over Voice Actor and is currently publishing her second book Zartana, an epistolary journal about at traveling gypsy girl. An only child, Tara has spent her life valuing and focusing on the exploration of your imagination and bringing a high level of excellence to everything she does. Come say YES to play with her.
Yuri traveled the world and tried a lot of things before settling down in Los Angeles to be a fulltime storyteller. He came to act, but has since expanded his storytelling arsenal to include writing and producing as well, forming Monkey Kingdom Productions with his wife and partner-in-crime, Tara Platt, to create their own content. They started with Tumbling After, a feature film that they wrote and produced in three and a half weeks from start to finish of principal photography available in the store now as well as their second feature film, the mockumentary Con Artists. They also have several short films on the festival circuit, and an award-winning webseries, Shelf Life which you can watch in part at ShelfLifeSeries.com or in its entirety on the Shelf Life app available in the iTunes store.
He wrote the 8th episode of Season 8 of the hit Cartoon Network show, Ben 10: Omniverse, entitled “The World’s Most Dangerous Game Show,” a book on voice acting with Tara called Voice-Over Voice Actor, a crimedy noirvella with writing partner Keith Ikeda-Barry entitled Tough City, and has several other properties in various stages of development, both with MKP and outside production companies. Would you have seen him in anything? It’s possible. He’s been on TV and in films, most notably a short run on FOX’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, but it’s more likely you’ve heard him in commercials, games and on shows like The Prince Of Persia, Ben 10, Legion Of Superheroes, Young Justice, Afro Samurai, Sunset Overdrive and more. He’s a movie buff and a foodie and loves to help people do things.