Fun House Theatre and Film is a one of a kind arts education and entertainment venture.

 

Arts Education

While most children’s arts organizations focus on merely exposing children to, or having them participate in the arts, this is not our goal. Created, developed and implemented solely by entertainment industry professionals, Fun House Theatre and Film provides an advanced educational foundation for the next generation of creative artists. With a curriculum of productions, classes, workshops and private lessons, through hands on experience, students of Fun House Theatre and Film will learn concepts, skills and techniques forming the basis for continued creative arts education and enabling an immediate proactive approach to working in the theatre and film industries today.


Fun House Theatre and Film Students Benefit From

  • Exposure to various advanced acting methodologies for stage and film
  • Practical performance based experience across many disciplines in an audition only, professional environment 
  • Agent and Audition Coaching, Private Lessons and Video Submissions one on one with award winning entertainment industry professionals  
  • A full range of offerings from performance based technique to writing and technical production for stage and film 

Entertainment

Fun House Theatre and Film is entertainment-centric. Unlike the majority of children’s arts education organizations, a major goal of Fun House Theatre and Film is to produce competitively viable entertainment options for the public at large. Our award winning industry professionals and those we partner with enable Fun House Theatre and Film to produce unique offerings including first run plays written by popular playwrights, multimedia productions, film offerings and a variety of other options all held to the highest standards of professional quality and designed specifically not only to educate youth involved in them, but to entertain the public at large as professional quality stage and screen endeavors with mass appeal.  Click to read Reviews of our work.

 Who We Are

Jeff Swearingen

Founding Partner/Creative Director

Jeff Swearingen has been teaching acting to children for over 10 years and has had several of his original plays written for children produced. He has performed improvisation with The Victims and Fun Grip performing regularly in Dallas, Austin and New York City. He has appeared in feature films, national commercials, web campaigns, short films as well as theatre and improv festivals all over the United States. He has been awarded several Best Actor awards for his stage work and numerous awards as Fun Houses creative director and for his writing and for his directing with the organization. Making children laugh is one of his favorite things in the world. Jeff Swearingen is represented by The Mary Collins Agency.


  

Bren Rapp

Founding Partner/President

Bren Rapp is an entertainment marketing specialist with over a decade of experience creating, developing and marketing entertainment ventures including work on major motion pictures, national television, direct to DVD and pay per view events, Broadway productions and extensive work in high revenue sports. She has received accolades for her work as an executive producer and producer for Fun House’s productions. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from, and studied theatre at, the prestigious Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University. She has also studied the Stanislavsky System and American Method Acting extensively at many institutions. Bren has performed in several theatrical productions, in national series television, local and national commercials and has worked as a professional print model.



James Chandler

Partner/Resident Artist and Director

James Chandler attended Marymount College in New York City. His specialties include improv, comedic acting and musical theatre. James has been teaching various aspects of performing arts for 6 years. He acted, taught and directed previously for Fun House before joining the company as a partner and resident at the end of 2013. His career has included work with Theatre Three, Stage West, Uptown Players, Collin Theatre Center, Theatre Britain and Inevitable Theatre Company as well as two premiere productions in New York. He is a member of the improv group The Victims and is also an emcee and host locally, as well as voice talent for the animated series such as Attack On Titian, Fairy Tail, Space Dandies and others.

 

 

Coming Soon

Mortgage, A New Original Musical

October 3 - 12, 2014

Awards

 

Best New Play of 2014: "Stiff" - DFW Critic's Forum

2013 Mastermind Award - 
The Dallas Observer

Best Theatre Company 2013 -
The Dallas Observer

Best Play of 2013 - DFW Critic's Forum

Best Director of 2013 - DFW Critic's Forum

Special Citation 2013 - DFW Critics's Forum

Steve Lovett Outstanding New Work by a Local Playwright- Column Awards 2014

Best Children's Theatre 2012 -
The Dallas Observer

 

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Actor's Exploration Series

The Actor’s Exploration Series is aimed at challenging our young actors while pushing the boundaries of what audiences expect to see from “children’s theater”. Going beyond the traditional models of youth productions, our Actor’s Exploration Series centers on giving young actors the opportunity to explore complex material and for audiences to be exposed to playwrights, dramatic formats and subject matter not thought of as children’s fare. It is an unparalleled educational opportunity for the next generation of actors and an entertainment option for the theatrically savvy as well as those just being introduced to the art of theatre.

 

Next up in the series, Neil Labute’s The Shape of Things directed by Brad Baker.