Portrait of Rafael Untalan

Rafael Untalan

Assistant Professor of Practice in Acting

Untalan (AEA/SAG/AFTRA) is an actor, director and Assistant Professor of Practice in Acting at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. He has served as a Guest Artist at Radford University in Virginia, Washington College in Maryland, and the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah.

Untalan earned his membership in Actors’ Equity Association at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he appeared in a dozen productions; served as a Teaching Artist for the OSF Institute; completed six annual tours for their School Visit Program (SVP); and led student workshops at institutions spanning the West coast, including Stanford and the University of Oregon.

As a professional actor, Untalan has performed at several major regional repertory theaters, among them: Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. (Walter in The Price, with Hal Linden); Cleveland Play House (Sherlock Holmes in Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery); Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Theatreworks Silicon Valley; Portland Center Stage (originating the role of Concomly in Astoria, Part II); and A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle. Untalan has also worked at multiple small professional theaters nationwide, including Seattle Children’s Theatre and Spooky Action Theater in D.C.  He was recognized as Best Featured Actor in a Play by DC Metro Theater Arts, for his portrayal of Marcus Gee in Yellow Face at Theater J.

Untalan recently directed The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at Imagination Stage, in Bethesda, Maryland, which has been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award.

Untalan earned his M.F.A. in Classical Acting at the George Washington University, and his B.A. at the University of Oregon.