Barbara Dunkelman

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Barbara Dunkelman
Barbara Dunkelman at PAX Prime 2012.jpg
Dunkelman at PAX Prime 2012
Barbara Julie Dunkelman

(1989-07-02) July 2, 1989 (age 29)
ResidenceAustin, Texas, United States
EducationConcordia University
OccupationDirector of Social & Community Marketing at Rooster Teeth[1]
Program director of RTX
Years active2008–present
EmployerRooster Teeth

Barbara Julie Dunkelman[2] (born July 2, 1989)[3] is a Canadian actress, community manager and internet personality. She is the Director of Social and Community Marketing at the production company Rooster Teeth,[4] Program Director of the RTX gaming and internet convention[5][6] and voice of Yang Xiao Long in the web series RWBY, Cosmos in Fairy Tail, and ORF in X-Ray and Vav,[7] her live-action acting credits include roles in Rooster Teeth Shorts,[8] Immersion,[9] Day 5[10] and Ten Little Roosters[11], as well as the horror comedy Blood Fest.


Dunkelman was born in Montreal, Quebec to a Jewish[12] family, she and her family moved to Ottawa, Ontario, when she was 8 years old. The middle child, with one older and one younger brother, she credits her brothers with getting her interested in Red vs. Blue as well as Rooster Teeth as a whole. She signed up on Rooster Teeth's website in October 2004.[3] In 2005 she attended and assisted at the premiere Toronto Red vs. Blue fan event, RvBTO.[13] Starting in 2008, she helped organize it as co-host and Rooster Teeth liaison,[14][15] she was a hostess for for several months in 2010.[16]

Dunkelman graduated from Concordia University with a degree in Marketing in June 2011.[17] In September 2011, she co-founded the triple award-winning Internet Box podcast[18] hosted by herself, Michael Jones, Ray Narvaez, Jr., Andrew Blanchard, Mike Kroon, and Dylan "Dylon" Saramago, with Lindsay Jones and Kerry Shawcross being added to the cast later on. In December 2011, she was hired by Rooster Teeth as their first Community Manager, in charge of developing community features and the company's social media.[19][20] At the time of her hiring she was the most-followed member on the Rooster Teeth community site.[21]

Since February 2012, she appears regularly on the award-winning Rooster Teeth Podcast.[18] In May 2013, alongside fellow employee Jack Pattillo, she was interviewed as part of Microsoft's 2013 E3 Xbox One reveal.[22] Despite her numerous appearances on the podcast and at events, she estimates that "only 25 percent" of her job, which entails marketing and management functions within the company, takes place in the public eye.[21]

Beginning in September 2016, Dunkelman began hosting Always Open, a lifestyle and sexual health podcast within Rooster Teeth.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Dunkelman is a permanent resident of the United States, residing in Austin, Texas.[24]

As of February 2018, she is in a relationship with Trevor Collins, a member of Achievement Hunter.[25]


Dunkelman with a group of cosplayers dressed as Yang Xiao Long, her character in RWBY.
Year Title Role Notes
2011–2014, 2016 Internet Box Herself Podcast
2012–present Rooster Teeth Podcast
2013–present RWBY Yang Xiao Long Voice, motion capture
2014 Fairy Tail Cosmos Voice only
iBlade Worker of Secrets / Sharon
Ten Little Roosters Barbara
2014–2015 X-Ray and Vav ORF Voice only
2014–present Immersion Barbara / Soldier (Blue Moose) Herself
Red vs. Blue Jensen Voice only; Writer of episode "Head Canon"[26][27]
2015 Death Battle Yang Xiao Long Voice, episode: "Yang vs. Tifa"
Fanarchy Herself Documentary
Lazer Team Cheerleader Cameo
Tom & Bill Additional Voices Voice; one episode, uncredited
2016 Crunch Time Beatrice
Day 5 Flip
RWBY Chibi Yang Xiao Long
Camp Camp Nerris Voice only
2016–present Always Open Herself Podcast, Host
2017 The Eleven Little Roosters Agent Moose
Lazer Team 2 Reporter #2
2018 BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle[28] Yang Xiao Long Video game
Nomad of Nowhere Dolores Voice only
2018 Blood Fest[29] Ashley


  1. ^ "Barbara Dunkelman (@bdunkelman) • Instagram photos and videos". Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  2. ^ Sorola, Gus; Free, Gavin; Dunkleman, Barbara; Burns, Burnie (February 16, 2016). "Rooster Teeth Podcast #363" (Podcast). Rooster Teeth. Event occurs at 42:24. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "RoosterTeeth Profile".
  4. ^ Rex, Vanessa (December 18, 2012). "GAW Visits Rooster Teeth". GamerAssaultWeekly. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  5. ^ Ervin, Dominic (July 16, 2013). "RTX 2013: Gus Sorola Interview". IngloriousGamer. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  6. ^ Childs, Jessica. Interview with RTX Co-Organizer Barbara. San Antonio Counter Culture. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  7. ^ Silverman, Joshua (June 2, 2013). "RWBY: Yellow Unveiled". ConstantlyCalibrating. Archived from the original on August 30, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  8. ^ "Siri: The Horror Movie".
  9. ^ "Immersion: Simulation Racer".
  10. ^ Day 5 Episode 1 - Waking Nightmare.
  11. ^ Ten Little Roosters – Episode 1: And Then There Were Nine.
  12. ^ "Ex-Montrealer voices character on popular online series - The Canadian Jewish News". The Canadian Jewish News. August 31, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  13. ^ Carbone, Anthony. "The Stories of the Rooster Teeth Community Event Coordinators". Gamer's News Network. Archived from the original on October 13, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  14. ^ Denecour, Caleb (May 10, 2011). "Everyone meet BigNiceJohn and Blawndee". RoosterTeeth Community Group. Retrieved September 13, 2013.[dead link]
  15. ^ Gallaga, Omar (June 22, 2012). "Two Austin websites bring in geek fans for real-world conferences". Austin Statesman. Archived from the original on September 14, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  16. ^ "VIDEOS HOSTED BY BARBARA DUNKELMAN". Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  17. ^ Dunkelman, Barbara (June 21, 2011). "What did I do today?". RoosterTeeth. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  18. ^ a b "2012 Winners and Nominees". January 7, 2012. Archived from the original on December 7, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  19. ^ Burns, Burnie (February 12, 2011). "Welcome Barbara!". RoosterTeeth. Archived from the original on September 14, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  20. ^ Evon, Ryan. "A community like no other: My experience at RTX". Odessa American.
  21. ^ a b Anne Jones, Leslie. "Meet Barbara Dunkelman: Internet celebrity, community manager, superhero". The Daily Dot; the Daily Dot. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  22. ^ "Xbox Live Stories — "BlawnD & Jack P"". Xbox. May 23, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  23. ^ "Always Open Podcast". "Rooster Teeth". September 1, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  24. ^ "Barbara". Rooster Teeth. Retrieved September 16, 2017.
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  26. ^ "Head Canon". Rooster Teeth. August 21, 2016. Retrieved August 21, 2016.
  27. ^ Dunkelman, Barbara (August 20, 2016). "My Red vs. Blue Episode". Rooster Teeth. Retrieved August 21, 2016.
  28. ^ Arc System Works (June 5, 2018). BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle. Arc System Works. Scene: staff credits.
  29. ^ Spangler, Todd (August 4, 2017). "Seychelle Gabriel to Star in Rooster Teeth's 'Blood Fest' Horror-Comedy Film". Variety. Retrieved August 7, 2017.

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