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Mike Berkson

Lead Actor

Founding member of Handicap This, inspirational leader of the Keep On Keeping On Foundation, aspiring film-maker and he is in the midst of finishing his first novel. Weeks after Mike was born, the doctors told his parents not to expect much, that he wouldn’t be able to talk. At 3 ½ not only was Mike talking up a storm but he had a thirst for vocabulary. His razor sharp wit is a force to be reckoned with. Although born with cerebral palsy, you will quickly see he was born to be on stage.

Fun fact: Mike has seen more than 12,512 movies, and “The Notebook” is not one of them!

Tim Wambach

Lead Actor and Managing Director

Founding member of Handicap This, President of the Keep On Keeping On Foundation, Tim was counselor for 13 years at a Summer Camp for Special Education students. Tim graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a BA in Speech/Communications. He has worked as Youth Director for St. Mary of the Woods (Chicago), Sales Rep for elementary textbooks, speaker for National Financial Educators, Speech Coach at Glenbrook South High School, and trainer for Next Level Consulting providing training services for Fortune 500 companies.
Tim authored the book “How We Roll” in March of 2010, a book describing his relationship with Mike Berkson. Tim ran 717 miles between Orlando, FL and Chicago, IL in August of 2005 to raise awareness for Cerebral Palsy.

In 2006, Dr. Bernard Brommel, retired speech professor of NEIU, dedicated a scholarship in Tim’s name for students overcoming great odds.

Fun fact: At the ripe age of 11, Tim won a batting contest and got to take batting practice at Comiskey Park in 1985.

John Frisco


Twenty years as a professional actor and director of theater, film, and television. Acting credits include Hamm in Endgame, Hoss in Tooth of Crime, and Mr. Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank; Directing credits include Cyrano de Bergerac, The Foreigner and Fiddler on the Roof. John can also be seen and heard on many national commercials as an actor and voice-over talent. John is currently a Professor of Speech and Theater at Oakton Community College.

Fun Fact: John performed on the “Gong Show” in 1977.

Chris Bachmann

Technical Director

Stage manager, Video associate to Keep On Keeping On Foundation, produced 4 online commercials for Handicap This, and is the technical consultant for the Handicap This documentary. Chris tapes every show and is an instrumental member of the team. Chris teaches guitar when he is not heavily involved in a Handicap This project.

Fun Fact: Chris named his computer, “The Beast”.

Denis Berkson

Creative Consultant

Nationally known as the “Creative Crusader”, Professor Berkson is considered one of the country’s leading authorities in the field of creative thinking, and is the author of “The Different Drummer Handbook, Marching to the Creative Beat and The Ten Demandments of Creativity.” He has been the Chairman of the OCC Performing Arts Department for over 30 years. Denis has conducted workshops and seminars for representatives of business and education such as Hallmark Cards, Gerber Products, Kraft Foods, Nordstrom, University of Utah Hospital, Vassar College, and Northwestern University.
He has also been a presenter at many conferences and meetings such as the International Sales and Marketing Conference, the National Braille Association, United Cerebral Palsy, Midwest Autism Society, the National Association of Activity Professionals, Illinois Park and Recreation Association Annual Meeting, the Marriott Senior Living National Meeting, the Chicago North Shore Senior Staff Development Workshop.
Fun Fact: Denis won the Chicago Bulls Retro Dance Contest in front of 22,676 people at the United Center for his creative dancing. Don’t believe us…..check out the link below!

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