Brett has been a professional kids' motivational entertainer for 13+ years and offers school assembly programs that will fit your school's needs.
His cousin Krisanthi has been a professional singer and musician for 20+ years and just recently teamed up with Brett to bring the important and exciting element of music to kids.
Ooch and Cookie's shows consist of both educational content (fitting state curriculum standards) AND fill in the grey areas surrounding morals and "social assets" that kids often don't get enough exposure to. Ooch and Cookie get important content across to the kids in a manner they will enjoy and remember for years to come!
Brett is a professional entertainer, motivator, dancer, percussionist, yo-yo expert and DJ, and Krisanthi is a professional entertainer, motivator, musician, singer and songwriter. Within their high energy shows, you will see Brett integrating exciting yo-yo tricks, tap dancing, step-dancing and percussion-playing while Krisanthi sings and plays keyboard, ukelele, melodica, percussion and also tap dances.
Inspired by creative ideas from Brett's years of experience in working with kids, Krisanthi has written catchy original songs that get the kids involved and leave them with a positive message. With "Ooch" leading the audience participation which includes dance moves, hand claps, creative movement, and "Cookie" bringing call and response sing-alongs as well as American Sign Language to recapture each segment of the show, kids are captivated by the fun and entertainment while being inspired by the messages of each show.
"Ooch and Cookie" / "Cookie and Ooch" are motivational kids' entertainers comprised of cousins Brett Outchcunis ("Ooch") and Krisanthi Pappas ("Cookie").
Before "Cookie & Ooch"
Brett danced all the way through high school, competing in major dance competitions around the country and then graduated from UMass, Amherst with a degree in Communication in 1998. Directly out of college he was hired by Yomega Corporation, a yo-yo company based out of Fall River, MA. and became a touring yo-yo professional. During that time, he taught dance (part-time) and auditioned for the Boston run of STOMP, making it to the third and final call back!
After 5 years of touring and performing for the yo-yo company, Brett decided to start his own entertainment company called Ninepoints Entertainment, now better known as The Ooch Experience. He spends the academic year traveling to different schools in the New England area speaking to students on topics ranging from positive life choices to academic excellence. Brett also visits corporations speaking on the importance of fun in the workplace and why it's important to re-capture the wonders of imagination before it's too late. As a bit of a side-job and hobby, Brett DJs parties of all types. For more on Brett and The Ooch Experience, please visit:
As a jazz and cabaret singer, recording artist, and Billboard® award winning songwriter, you may have heard Krisanthi's voice or original songs on TV shows such as "Once Upon A Time" on ABC, "Parenthood" on NBC, "The Mindy Project" on FOX-TV and many more!
Krisanthi has released six CDs which have received high acclaim and national airplay on commercial jazz radio, Pandora Radio, Apple iRadio, Spotify and iTunes. Her voice and music have garnered high accolades nationwide from Jazz Times Magazine, Downbeat Magazine, Cabaret Scenes New York, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Cadence Magazine, and radio personalities nationwide.
Krisanthi performs concerts and events throughout New England with rave reviews for her shows at Don't Tell Mama in New York City, Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, Company Theatre in Norwell, Footlighters Theatre in Walpole, The Orpheum Theatre in Foxboro, Foxwoods Resort and Casino, The Cape Cod Jazz Festival as well as at and many other venues. For more info, visit:
WAY Before "Cookie & Ooch"
Krisanthi and Brett as kids
(Click the pic to see them a few years later)