Carly Ciarrocchi is a host of “The Sunny Side Up Show” on Sprout, the first 24-hour preschool destination available on TV, on demand and online. Along with her co-host Chica the Chicken, Ciarrocchi interacts live with preschoolers and their families across the country, as she shares daily birthday greetings, viewer-submitted crafts, fun facts and weekly themes ranging from colors, numbers and letters to manners, gardening and pets. Ciarrocchi debuted as a host on “The Sunny Side Up Show” in June 2012.
Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Ciarrocchi began acting at age eight when she spotted an audition announcement for a community theatre production of “Peter Pan” in her local paper. She spent the next ten theatre seasons at the Wilmington Drama League, appearing in dozens of shows, including “The Wizard of Oz” and “Into the Woods Jr.” She also has six younger siblings, whom she cast in many "plays" that she "directed" growing up. After appearing in her high school’s production of “Godspell,” she realized she wanted to pursue acting as a career.
Over the past several years, she has worked as an actor with Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, Collaboraction, Redmoon Theatre, 16th Street Theatre, About Face Youth Theatre and American Theatre Company. In addition to acting, she has trained in improv at iO and at the Second City Conservatory, but also studied clown and physical theater with Chicago’s infamous 500 Clown, Paola Coletto, Avner the Eccentric and Eric Davis, and abroad in Dublin with Philippe Gaulier. Ciarrocchi also spent four years working in Early Childhood Education with Bubbles Academy, an enrichment center for children ages six and under, where she taught after-school yoga, preschool prep, music, creative movement and even a superheroes class.
Ciarrocchi resides in Philadelphia and holds a B.A. in theatre from Northwestern University. When she is not working on her various creative endeavors, Ciarrocchi practices AcroYoga and enjoys riding her bike.