Funda Duval (Istvan) is an actress turned Software Developer. Most recent work includes a self-written solo project in 2017 as “Major Tom’s Wife,” a space-aged Bowie cabaret that deals with themes of alienation, technological naïveté, being a good wife, and the apocalypse. She was in the independent film Concussion, which was enthusiastically received and picked up at Sundance in 2013 for theatrical release. It starred Robin Weigert, was produced by Rose Troche, directed by Stacie Passon, and won the 2014 GLAAD Award for Best Independent Feature.
After a New York and Regional theater career, she began to appear in various cop shows on TV playing recovering addicts, gangster molls, and browbeaten wives. In Off-Broadway plays and musicals, she’s been a Victorian boxer, a cheerleader, a butcher’s daughter, a woman with 23 personalities, a Ukrainian sex worker, a catatonic ballerina, and a Palestinian suicide bomber who falls in love with an Israeli soldier.
Past venues include The Barrow Group Theater, Playwright Horizons, The Jane Street Theater (with The Araca Group), The Ohio Theater, New Dramatists, PS122, Chashama, The Ontological, Seattle Rep, Santa Fe Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Pittsburgh Public, where she was lucky enough to play the great heroines of Pirandello, Moliere, Mamet, Sondheim and Shaw, such as Raina (in Arms and the Man ), Petra (in A Little Night Music ), Carol (in Oleana ), The Step Daughter (in Six Characters in Search of an Author), Celimene (in The Misanthrope) and Cecile (in Les Liaisons Dangereuses).
Born and bred in the USA but raised bilingual by scientific and sporty Turkish (National Volleyball Team) parents, her love of the arts led to a BFA under William Esper, at Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts. Now she is a Software Developer, the most hard-won day job an actor has ever had. So far, she hasn’t looked back, as technology is the new horizon and coding an art all its own. Also, it pays. But who knows what the future will bring.