TESTIMONIALS

 

“Kendall Rileigh is a rare and irresistible combination of sharp intelligence, trustworthiness, versatility, and exceptional talent. She has a wonderful, generous energy, a graceful and striking presence, and a strong work ethic. Kendall also happens to be one of the funniest people I’ve ever met.”  

- actress Tovah Feldshuh

 

“Kendall is a dedicated, bold, and generous actor who takes direction and runs with it. She has strong comic and dramatic technique as well as a great facility for dialects.” 

- director Robert Kalfin

 

“It was a distinct pleasure to work with Kendall. Her work is emotionally supple, clear, and honest. She would be an asset to any production.” 

- director Will Pomerantz

 

“Kendall is one of those dream actors a director will want to work with again and again. She is not afraid in the working room. She consistently goes beyond her boundaries, asks hard questions, and challenges herself and her colleagues. She brings her whole self to the table — her experiences, wonderings, talents, and spirit. She is the most genuine person. When you see her perform you detect that quality, that quest to seek the truth and that commitment to revealing it.” 

- director Cara Scarmack

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REVIEWS

For Heaven’s Sake

 

“The leader of the charge demanding accountability within the family is the whip-smart career woman Kathleen, played by cast standout Kendall Rileigh, who glows with an easy wit and the ferocity of her deeply held beliefs.”  

- Aimee Todoroff, NYTheatreNow.com

 

“Their only daughter, Kathleen, has the meatiest of the roles and Kendall Rileigh really shone. Looking stylish in her 70’s garb and long red hair, Rileigh was perfect as the frustrated, angst ridden daughter who longed for both her parents’ approval, but truly only had her father’s.”  

- Michael Rabice, Broadway World

 

“This argument, carried out with great emotional authenticity between mother Joyce [Kate Kearney-Patch] and daughter Kathleen [Kendall Rileigh] is the axis about which For Heaven’s Sake turns.”  

- Douglas Levy, The Daily Public

 

Another Part of the Forest

“The cast boasts some extraordinary performances... Kendall Rileigh as Birdie Bagtry personifies that compassion, desperation, determination, bewilderment, and pride particular to the Southern aristocracy and reminiscent of Tennessee Williams's heroines. The two women [Rileigh and Elizabeth Norment] make a tragedy of sensitivity.”             

- Susan Jonas, NYTheater.com

“Rileigh charms thoroughly as the sweetly hapless Birdie.”

- Andy Propst, TheaterMania

“Birdie, pursuing money for the family's cotton plantation, is played by a delicate Kendall Rileigh. She finds the right note of reluctant strength and humility in the face of ruin.”     

- Jason Grant, Hamptons.com

 

Injunction Granted

 

“The acrobatics of Kendall Rileigh, though, almost deserve their own show.  She does walkovers, front and back, as easily as most of us breathe. She’s a former student of Moscow Art Theatre and Circus Warehouse.  It shows.”  

- Jeff Myhre, NY Theatre Guide

 

“Nathaniel Claridad, Cliff Miller, tap dancing whiz Lorinne Lampert, accordion playing Perri Yaniv, the amazingly acrobatic Kendall Rileigh, and Roe have every reason to be proud of their pitch perfect performances and amazing teamwork.”  

- Henry Edwards, Newsvine

The Groundling

“Kendall Rileigh is winning and polished, and she has an especially nuanced scene with the wife she’s meant to portray.” 

- Kathleen Campion, Front Row Center

 

“Kendall Rileigh as Victoria finds a wonderful balance of sharp derision for being duped into all this and genuine concern for doing justice to the play and for the people she finds herself surrounded by.”  

- Collin McConnell, NY Theater Now

A Man’s World

 

“Ms. Rileigh remarkably crafts the character of Clara, an unsuccessful female artist in Frank’s shadow, by bringing an exciting unpredictability to her vocalizations, movements, and interactions.”  

- Adam Neal, Travellady.com

 

“Kendall Rileigh brings pathos to her touching portrait of miniaturist Clara Oakes, the one artist among them with little talent and little ability to take care of herself.”                

- Victor Gluck, TheaterScene.net

 

The Drunkard

“Also notable is Kendall Rileigh as Agnes, William's mad sister. Rileigh seizes her two scenes — one mad and one sane — and doesn't let go.”                                                 

- Erik Haagensen, Backstage

Sex and Violence

“One stand-out performance was a monologue by Molly (Kendall Rileigh) at the beginning of the second act. It was delivered simply, truthfully, and was a beacon of pure emotion in real circumstance.”                    - Dianna Martin (The Happiest Medium)

Sonnets for an Old Century

 

“Standouts include Kendall Rileigh, who dauntlessly portrays the ‘strange liberation’ of a madwoman…”                 

- Adam Sobsey, Raleigh News & Observer

The Miss Firecracker Contest

“Kendall Rileigh is absolutely hilarious as she peers out of the ‘Coke bottle’ lenses through which she sees life.”            

- Faye M. Dasen, The Pilot

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REVIEWS

 

ASYLUM

 

“Co-writer Kendall Rileigh is the young woman on the piano, who on awakening begins to play it, beautifully— a mixture of modern classical and jazzy stuff — and several times takes to the sashes [aerial silks] to display extraordinary agility and skill.”  

- Martha Keravuori and Chuck Galle, Triangle Arts and Entertainment

 

“Even without the beautifully told story [by Kendall Rileigh and Nicki Miller] accompanying it, watching ASYLUM would be thrilling as a purely gymnastic / athletic / choreographed accomplishment. [Rileigh] emerges with a spectacularly controlled gymnastic maneuver… and she brilliantly sets the tone for what is to come.” 

- Jeffrey Rossman, CVNC

Hetty Feather

 

“The evening is built on circus visuals, and Kendall Rileigh’s non-stop swirling aerial work - choreography in the air, really — evokes and underscores not only the soaring freedom that Hetty seeks but also the binding, sometimes convulsed relationships that can either comfort or constrict.”  

- Gail Obenreder, Delaware Online

 

“A blaze of energy, a veritable concoction of Charles Dickens, Orphan Annie, and Cirque du Soleil. The six-member ensemble perform all sorts of astounding aerial feats.” 

- Christine Facciolo, WHYY.org

 

“Hetty’s exultation of flight and the theme of seeking three-dimensional freedom in a restrictive, one-dimensional world are always clear because of the circus apparatus’s allure and the cast’s adventurous movement.”  

- Mark Cofta, Broad Street Review

The Dream Project

 

“The aerial choreography of Kendall Rileigh is a particular highlight of the show and left audiences applauding mid-show on more than one occasion.” 

- Anthony J. Piccione, OnStageBlog.com