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Welcome to the jungle!

These actors definitely have what it takes….


Marla Acevedo**
(Perchy, a monkey / Water God)
Marla is thrilled to make her debut at DCT with such a talented cast! She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington where she studied musical theater. She is also an alumna from Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City. TV credits: Queen of The South (Maya). She would like to thank everyone who made this production possible!



Kia Nicole Boyer*
(Kaa, a python / Water God)
Kia is absolutely thrilled to be making her DCT debut with Jungalbook! Notable Dallas credits include Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (Hyde/Poole) at Theatre Three; HAIR (Jeanie) at Dallas Theater Center; and The Big Meal (Nicole) and Sweet Charity (Nikki) at WaterTower Theatre. Kia Boyer is represented by The Mary Collins Agency.



Phillip Brown**
(Hathi, an elephant / Water God)
Queensbury Theatre: Unlock’d the Musical and Whistle Down the Wind. Main Street Theater for Youth: How I Became A Pirate (tour), Shrek the Musical, and The Magic Tree House (tour). The Encore Theatre: A Lesson Before Dying, The Poison Tree, and Behind Closed Doors. Lone Star College: Hairspray the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, and Cinderella. Kirtwood Music Service: Titanic the Musical. Playhouse 1960: Rocky Horror Show, Sister Act the Musical, and The Addams Family the Musical. Film/TV: My Brothers Keeper and Lone Star Deception.


Douglass Burks*
(Baloo, a bear)
A veteran of Dallas area theater, Mr. Burks has worked with Dallas Children’s Theater for many years as an Equity actor, stage manager, sound designer, and director. He is a founding member of the nationally acclaimed Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts and has earned the distinction of Master Puppeteer. A popular actor with DCT audiences, Doug will be remembered for his many roles on the DCT stage, which include The Giver (The Giver), Goodnight Moon (Larry the Tooth Fairy), James and the Giant Peach (Old Grasshopper), Peter Pan (Captain Hook), Young King Arthur (Merlin), The Emperor’s New Clothes (the Emperor), The Mummy’s Claw (Sir Nevil Blore), Jungalbook (Baloo), Holes (Mr. Sir), and Treasure Island (Long John Silver). He also portrayed the title characters in Frankenstein, The Reluctant Dragon, The Canterville Ghost, and the 2001 production of The BFG (Big Friendly Giant). Mr. Burks was a member of the first graduating class of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas.


Parker Fitzgerald
(Grey, a young wolf)
Noted roles include Seussical™ (Wickersham brother) at Dallas Children’s Theater, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Kev) at Theatre Three, Big River (Huck Finn) at Theatre Arlington, Waiting for Lefty (Sid) with Upstart Productions, Beautiful Thing (STE) with Uptown Players, Miss Evers Boys (Dr. Douglas) with African American Repertory Theater, Two Rooms (Walker) at Runway Theatre, and Cabaret (the Emcee) at Texas Wesleyan University. He has toured twice with Casa Mañana’s Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells Batman Smells, and twice with Wishing Star Production’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. He is a member of the Board of Directors at Theatre Arlington and a company member of Upstart Productions.


Aaron Jay Green*
(Bagheera, a panther / Fight Captain)
Aaron is thrilled to be making his debut at Dallas Children’s Theater! Previous credits include She Kills Monsters at Theatre Three; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at Theatre Too; The Grown-Up at Flexible Grey Theatre Company; and The Full Monty at Uptown Players. He thanks Artie, Katy, his castmates, and the crew for a wonderful time in the jungal!



Matt Holmes*
(Grab, a young wolf)
Matt is so excited to be working with Dallas Children’s Theater. Matt is an actor, cellist, and filmmaker in Dallas. When not on stage or making movies, you can find him slinging eggs and pancakes at Yolk. He has worked all over Dallas and Fort Worth at Circle Theatre, Theatre Three, Kitchen Dog Theater, Uptown Players, Shakespeare Dallas, The Dallas Opera, Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, Ochre House Theater, and Cara Mía Theatre Co. He is represented by The Campbell Agency and has done various TV shows, commercials, and print ads including Scandal Made Me Famous, Blueberry Hall, Pizza Hut, Dr. Pepper, and Price to Fame. Follow him on Instagram! @holmesmattholmes


Ivan Jasso*
(Sherakhan, a tiger)
Ivan Jasso is excited to return to the DCT stage; he was last seen in 2015’s Skippyjon Jones. Ivan is an Artistic Ensemble Member with Cara Mía Theatre Co. and has also worked with several other theater companies in the D-FW area including Shakespeare Dallas, Kitchen Dog Theater, Undermain Theatre, Ochre House Theater, Amphibian Stage Productions, and Dallas Theater Center. He is signed with the Mary Collins Agency.


Stephanie Cleghorn Jasso
(Chil, a vulture / Water God)
Stephanie has worked with local theater companies, including Undermain Theatre where she is a company member; WaterTower Theatre; Amphibian Stage Productions; DGDG; Shakespeare Dallas; Dallas Theater Center; Cara Mía Theatre Co.; The Tribe; Shakespeare in the Bar; Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico; Dead White Zombies; and Teatro Dallas. In 2015, for her work in Lydia, she received recognition for Outstanding Acting Performance by the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum and Best Actress by TheaterJones.


Christopher Lew**
(Mowgli, a man cub)
Clew is delighted to go wild with his DCT debut. Previous credits include Cymbeline with Shakespeare in the Bar; She Kills Monsters with Theatre Three; The Three Musketeers with Theatre Britain; The Royal Society of Antarctica with Stage West; Macbeth with LIP Service; as well as developing work with DCT and The Drama Club. He is represented by The Callidus Agency. Shout out to Artie, the cast and crew, Nicci, Q, and his friends for their support. Every orphan needs a wolfpack. One blood, yoo and me.


Doak Rapp
(Hyena / Water God)
Doak is appearing in his first Dallas Children’s Theater production. He has worked professionally as a stage actor in D-FW for five years at Kitchen Dog Theater, Shakespeare Dallas, Uptown Players, WaterTower Theatre, and Fun House Theatre and Film. He is the Artistic Director of The Basement and has both produced and directed productions for the company. He would like to thank his acting teacher Jeff Swearingen.


Brandon Whitlock**
(Akela, leader of the wolf pack)
Brandon is returning to the Dallas Children’s Theater stage where he first worked as a child actor. He has more recently appeared in several productions in the Dallas area, including The Three Musketeers with Theatre Britain, Hit the Wall with WaterTower Theatre, Medea Myth: Love’s Beginning with Prism Movement Theatre, and The Tempest with Shakespeare Dallas.


Get your tickets now to meet this crew of jungle animals.



An adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book stories
By Edward Mast

May 4 – 26, 2018
Ages 5 and up

See Kipling’s original 1894 coming of age tale brought to the stage, and join Mowgli in learning the moral lessons of home, betrayal, life and death, and loyalty. Mowgli lives in the jungle surrounded by panthers, bears, wolves, snakes, and tigers. They are his protectors, and he believes he is one of them. When Mowgli comes face to face with a fearsome tiger, he is forced to choose between his bond with the jungle and the reality of his humanness. This classic story of the struggle for survival and a place that feels like home will have audiences on the edge of their seats.


Photos courtesy of the actors



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