Our Actors

Many young actors are part of the Fun House program with close to 15 of them being the core element of most of our productions. Below are just a few getting notice and continuing to grow as they tackle new challenges and roles. Read about them and remember their names.


 

Kennedy Waterman

Kennedy Waterman’s skill in capturing subtle nuisances and layering complex emotions has won her critical acclaim from her portrayal of The Rose in Laughter in the Stars to her tour de force performance as Shelly in Daffodil Girls. Her comic timing and ability to transition her stage skills to film has also gotten notice as she has been everything from a Chicken to a hapless Russian Spy, to Rosencrantz on the Fun House Stage. Waterman was a hands down choice for Best Actress of 2013 in Year End Reviews from Lindsey Wilson, Elaine Liner, Mark Lowry and Alexandra Bonifield for her work in Daffodil Girls. As well, Kennedy was honored to receive a 2013 Critics Forum Award for Best Actress, the first youth actress to ever have received the laude. Kennedy has also written and performed a solo performance piece and is a founding member of Fun House’s long form improv troupe, Unicorn Clearance. 


Read an interview with Kennedy http://criticalrant.com/2013/02/21/a-fine-fresh-approach-hamlet-at-fun-house-theatre/


 

(Sun Beam Stark) Kennedy Waterman (she of the 2013 Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum award) is a constant joy to witness as she continues to hone her excellent theatrical craft. Waterman, though only 13, carries the show as Sun Beam Stark (a parody of GoT’s Eddard Stark). What is amazing is that she does this by not grandstanding or stepping on her fellow actors but by being so darn good that she elevates everyone’s already excellent game to an even higher level. http://www.theaterjones.com/ntx/reviews/20140624201725/2014-06-26/Fun-House-Theatre-and-Film/Jeff-Swearingens-Game-of-Thrones-Jr 


(Shelly) Waterman, named one of 2013's best local actresses by the DFW Theater Critics Forum, was nothing short of riveting as a desperate, depressed little scout in Daffodil Girls (the Jack Lemmon role from Glengarry)... There's no stopping this one- Elaine Liner, The Dallas Observer


(Shelly) Shelly is the audience’s entry into the story and Waterman effectively pulls them along the series of events, eventually leaving them to pity her untenable situation. It’s heartbreaking—and she’s only 11. There’s some true young talent on display here.-Kris Noteboom, TheaterJones


(Shelly) 11-year-old Kennedy Waterman’s Shelley is every bit as heart-breaking as Jack Lemmon’s performance from the film. Waterman’s face will destroy you, especially when she’s on the phone with one of her parents, hungry for just a moment of their attention.- Jason Kane, Examiner.com


(The Rose) Young Kennedy Waterman had some extraordinarily touching moments as Rose, the little flower-friend to whom the Little Prince is so devoted. What focus this young lady has.- Elaine Liner, The Dallas Observer

 


(The Rose) Kennedy Waterman, as that ephemeral flower with whom the Prince falls in love, is the best of the youth actors here.- Mark Lowry, TheaterJones


 

Doak Campbell Rapp

Doak Campbell Rapp has displayed tremendous range in tackling roles from Don Quixote to a loveable lump of a lab creation. Showing both a propensity for physical comedy and an aptitude for tackling awkwardly complex dramatic characters ( Jerry, in Edward Albee’s Zoo Story) Doak has fought, sung, danced and fallen his way across our stage in numerous leading roles to the audience’s delight. Doak is also an advanced improv student and founding member of Fun House’s long form inprov troupe, Unicorn Clearance, who teaches introductory level improv. Doak is represented by The Agency Dallas. 


Read these interviews with Doak: 

http://www.theaterjones.com/ntx/features/20130904211504/2013-09-04/Beyond-Warming-the-Bench

http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/columnists/nancy-churnin/20140731-plano-teens-performance-in-stiff-is-inspired-by-watching-his-mom.ece



(Claudius) In this production, Doak Campbell Rapp (who also played Don Quixote in this company's excellent Man of La Mancha last year) has a stunning moment with the character's difficult soliloquy, a 300-word speech about his remorse for murdering his brother …His clarity with the text is better than we've heard in many productions.- Elaine Liner 2013, The Dallas Observer


(Claudius) Doak Rapp presents a politically savvy Claudius, at once dignified and kingly, yet increasingly on edge as he realizes Hamlet has recognized his deception and his demise grows imminent. Rapp’s performance, filled with intensity and breathless, terrified reflection, communicates Claudius’ frantic desperation, his sense of becoming more and more of a haunted, hunted imposter, caught in a trap of his own sinister making. –Alexandra Bonifield, CriticalRant


(Blork) Doak Campbell Rapp is unbelievably good as Blork. Rapp very successfully gives this character a sense of humor, with very good comic timing, a connection with every other character on stage and heart. Blork is made of pieces and parts of over thirty five people and Rapp allows the audience to piece by piece see and feel the humanity and tenderness that should be in all of us. Physical comedy is not always easy to pull off and make it work, however Rapp makes it very successful. Throughout the production he is stumbling, falling, even throwing himself to the ground, all while stooped over and unable to use his hands.- Joel Taylor, The Column


(Blork) Rapp is uproariously funny as Blork and couples a fearless physical performance with a perfectly monotone yet upbeat delivery that often lands the best moments, and biggest laughs, of the show. – Kris Noteboom, TheaterJones

 

(Saul Solomon) Rapp’s inspired take on the fast-talking “equal opportunistic employer” shows how much he continues to grow as a formidable stage actor.  Even the rat-a-tat screwball comedy pacing and dialogue (Doak Rapp is particularly good at this) contribute to the immersive experience http://www.theaterjones.com/ntx/reviews/20140806114624/2014-08-06/Fun-House-Theatre-and-Film/Stiff


(Saul Solomon) Rapp brings an exciting freshness to the role, commands the stage when he’s supposed to, and allows you to somehow “fall in love” with this sleazy character. Watch for this young man in the future on stage and probably screen...he’s definitely got the acting chops for a successful career in either. http://thecolumnawards.org/columnonline/review/08-03-2014_STIFF/


 

Lizzy Greene

Lizzy Greene is a comic powerhouse in a 10 years old's body receiving critical acclaim for just about every moment she has stepped on the Fun House stage. From smart talking Raimi Roma, to broken hearted dictator Joseph Stalin and the loveable loser, Rudolph the Reindeer her mastery of character work is uncanny and her ability to deliver a punch line or work a pause top notch. Her portrayal of the little oprhan mercenary Fannie proved her chops transfer to musical comedy as well, making Lizzy not only a fan a favorite at Fun House, but a critical success at her ripe young age. She received honors as part of the ensemble for Daffodil Girls, receiving Best Actress notice from Alexandra Bonifield in her 2013 Year End Review and was also noted as an actress to watch in Elaine Liner’s year end piece.

Watch Lizzy as Dawn in Nickleodeon’s hit series Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn. Check local listings for times.

Lizzy is represented by the Osbrink Agency, Los Angeles.


Read an interview with Lizzy http://www.theaterjones.com/features/20130509071207/2013-05-09/Avenging-Their-Own-Way


Read Lizzy's Profile on CultureMap Dallas
 

 

(Raimi Roma) Lizzy Greene’s Raimi Roma is a 9-year-old theatrical force to be reckoned with, whether she’s greasing the wheels of a potential buyer or asserting her dominance in the “office” (treehouse, naturally). I dare you to show me a more focused, complete performance by an adult actor on any Dallas stage.- Jason Kane, Examiner.com


(
Raimi Roma) Greene nails the cocksure attitude of Al Pacino.- Kris Noteboom, TheaterJones


(
Fannie) In each Fun House production I have seen her, Greene consistently impresses me with how she dives in and embraces the character and brings the character to life.- Joel Taylor, The Column


  

Chris Rodenbaugh

 

Chris Rodenbaugh is a thinking man’s actor and a scholarly force to be reckoned with as he tackles the toughest on stage challenges with an intelligence and depth beyond his years. His mastery of the role of Hamlet at the age of 15 and his provocative portrayal of Peter in Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story are two examples of the feats he has pulled off on the Fun House stage. He was named a Best Actor choice for his portrayal of Hamlet in 2013 Year End Reviews by Alexandra Bonifield, Critical Rant, Mary Clark, The Column and M. Lance Lusk for Theater Jones.


Read an interview with Chris http://www.theaterjones.com/ntx/features/20130904211504/2013-09-04/Beyond-Warming-the-Bench

 

(Robert Grey) Robert Grey, played by Chris Rodenbaugh, shines in his role. His choices in expression, movement and vocal inflection make you truly believe him as a tormented writer of a nine-act play, never budging when it comes to creative “differences” with his script. Even when Mr. Rodenbaugh is speaking from the bathroom (yes the actual theatre’s bathroom) he gets hearty laughs and applause. His physicality in the show is also deserving of praise. From pratfalls to sliding across the stage, Mr. Rodenbaugh never once misses a beat in the highly demanding comedic moments. He is perfectly cast in the role and takes it to great heights of theatrical success. http://thecolumnawards.org/columnonline/review/08-03-2014_STIFF/

 

(Robert Grey) Rodenbaugh delivers a signature natural, focused performance, as cleanly motivated and delivered as many an adult professionals. http://www.funhousetheatreandfilm.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=81&Itemid=63


(Hamlet) Chris Rodenbaugh’s portrayal of the Danish prince is one of the best I have ever seen in any production.- M. Lance Lusk for TheaterJones


(Hamlet) Rodenbaugh’s economy of expression, his maddening restraint in the face of pressing need for action, reinforces his character’s dilemma and makes his task as an actor focused, elegant. It’s extremely hard to take your eyes off him. Almost never off stage, he wrangles the complex, non-stop thoughts of a tortured, manic prince whipping himself into white rage fury as easily as he might pedal a bike. - Alexandra Bonifield, Critical Rant


 

Classes, workshops and a few open auditions a year allow new students to experience the Fun House difference and benefit from our approach of building a strong educational foundation for youth interested in the performing arts.  


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Coming Soon

Yes Virginia Woolf, There Is A Santa Claus

December 5 - 12, 2014


 

Matt Lyle’s House Party, Holiday Edition: Adulthood, or How I learned to Love Ken Burns

December 18 - 21, 2014

 

Actors Exploration Series; Sam Shepard’s True West
January 15 - 18, 2014

 

William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
February 13 - 21, 2014

Awards

 

Best New Play of 2014: "Stiff" - DFW Critic's Forum
Dallas Observer 2014 Best Director: Jeff Swearingen 

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, Sam Shepherd's True West