Welcome to the wacky, mixed up world of Mutasia, a place that inspires creativity and self-discovery in children of all ages. As mixed up mixes of every animal imaginable, each inhabitant of Mutasia is a unique individual; and through them, we can all learn to embrace what makes us different. Children of every age will laugh and sing as the Mutasian adventures come to life through a series of colorful books, animation, music, and mobile apps.
Mutasia was founded in 2007 by entrepreneur Tami Cotsakos, a former K-8 elementary school music teacher in New Jersey and California. Tami always wanted to develop a family project that involved her love for children and animals by combining it with a creative and entertaining approach to learning about life’s lessons.
Tami’s daughter, Suzanne Cotsakos, an actor, writer, and producer, shared her passion, loved the idea and joined her Mom to co-found Mutasia and bring the project to life.
Tami wanted to create a safe and nurturing environment for children that encouraged creativity and taught about life’s many lessons in a fun and humorous way.
Together, mother and daughter pursued their dream and combined their passion, creativity and love for kids and animals to build a trusted and quality branded, family experience around Mom’s kitchen table — where her team still meets today to create the wacky, mixed up but not confused, world of Mutasia.
And, Mutasia® Children’s Entertainment was born.
Mutasia strives to “Mix It Up” by creating an environment that encourages creativity and teaches about life’s many lessons in a fun and humorous way.
Like the inhabitants of Mutasia, our team is comprised of unique individuals who have come together and blended their talents in an effort to create a world that will encourage children to explore the outer limits of their imaginations through stories, music, and art.
Tami Cotsakos, Co-Founder , Chief Executive & Creative Officer
Education: BS Music, William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ)
Experience: Entrepreneur, Designer and Music Teacher (K-8)
Suzanne Cotsakos, Co-Founder, President and Co-Head Writer
Education: BA Theatre Arts, Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA); BFA Motion Pictures & Television, Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA); MBA, William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ)
Experience: Entrepreneur, Actor, Author and Producer
Author of: Land of Illogical & Utterly Impossible Critters and Figley’s New Favorite Food, Figley’s Search for the Perfect Pet, Figley’s Little White Lie and Figley vs. the Mookling Hat
Voice of: Figley
Ryan McCulloch, Chief Artist & Designer, Co-Head Writer
Education: BA Traditional Illustration, Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA)
Experience: Illustrator, Animator and Character Designer
Illustrator of: Land of Illogical & Utterly Impossible Critters, Figley’s New Favorite Food, A Nib Christmas, Figley’s Search for the Perfect Pet, Figley’s Little White Lie and Figley vs. the Mookling Hat
Voice of: Chadwick
Julianne Miles, Chief Compliance Officer
Education: BS International Business, Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA)
Experience: Digital and Social Media, Auditor, Governance and Compliance
Brigitte VanBaelen, Chief Operations Officer
Education: BA Communications and Public Relations, COOVI-PIVIT University (Brussels, Belgium)
Experience: Management, Operations, Public Relations, Marketing and Community Outreach
Rob Broadhurst, Musical Director
Education: MFA, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (New York, NY); BA, University of California (Davis, CA)
Experience: Composer, Lyricist, Author and Voice Actor
Composer/Lyricist: Nature Calls, Christmas on Mutasia, The Mish Mash Bash Music
Co-Author of: The Land of Illogical and Utterly Impossible Critters
Voice of: Julio Habañero, Flavian and critters
Liz Rodriguez, Chief Public Relations Officer (EMR Media)
Education: Degree in International Marketing and Communications, The Chartered Institute of Marketing (London, England); CAMDiploma in Marketing Communications (London, England).
Experience: International marketing, branding and communications. International media buying (TV, print and radio), national and international advertising campaigns, journalism, digital marketing, public relations, event management, film and television production.
Dr. Christos M. Cotsakos Ph.D., Co-Founder & Executive Chairman
Education: BA Communications, William Paterson University (Paterson, NJ); MBA, Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA); Ph.D. Economics, University of London, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (London, UK)
Experience: Technology Executive, Entrepreneur and Author