Marie and Rosetta

By George Brant

April 5 – 28, Main Stage

Marie and Rosetta

By George Brant

April 5 – 28, Main Stage
An Earth-Shaking Musical Celebration 

 

“God don’t want the Devil to have all the good music right?” 

Witness the collision of gospel and rock as DFW favorite Denise Lee embodies the incomparable “Godmother of Rock ‘N’ Roll,” legendary Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The play chronicles Tharpe’s first rehearsal with protégée Marie Knight in 1947, setting the stage for a historic tour that would establish them as one of the most significant music duos of the 20th century.

 

Despite their influence on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and more, Knight and Tharpe go largely uncredited for their contributions to rock and roll. George Brant’s play aims to correct historical oversights by providing a stage for Marie and Rosetta to share their story through powerful performances. Don’t miss the chance to witness the birth of a musical legacy that transcends time with an unforgettable night of toe-tapping, head-bopping-and soul-lifting entertainment.

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Cast
Creatives

Denise Lee

Actor

Denise Lee is an award-winning actress, singer, and down-to-earth diva! Her powerful voice, warm and friendly demeanor, and her sassy and sensual performance style has charmed theater, nightclub and television audiences for more than two decades.

Lee is based in Dallas but the world is her home. She has an impressively diverse local following at R&B and jazz venues and at area theaters, such as the Dallas Theater Center, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Bass Hall, WaterTower Theatre, Casa Manana and the Sammons Center for the Arts. Her musical magic has delighted international crowds at clubs in Shanghai, Beijing, Switzerland and France.

When left to her own devices, Lee performs cabaret style, combining all of her favorite things—singing, acting and bantering with her fans. For the last six years she has focused on bringing cabaret-style performances to the forefront of Dallas entertainment.  Her company, Denise Lee Onstage, produces a one of a kind Cabaret Series at Fair Park in Dallas that features the premiere talent in the area.  Her talents are also on full display in her one-woman shows, “Denise Lee Sings the Divas of American Music,” and “Too Old, Too Fat, Too Black – Songs I’ll Never Sing On Broadway”  for which she won a Broadway World Award for ‘Best Cabaret Performer’.  She is the recipient of the Sammons Center for the Arts Cabaret Artist of the Year, multiple DFW Theater Critics and Dallas Voice Awards.

Lee’s other musical and theater performances include ‘The Sunshine Boys’ – with Dick & Jerry Van Dyke; ‘Crowns’ – Directed by playwrite Regina Taylor, ‘The Wiz’, ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’, ‘Doubt’, ‘Avenue Q’ and ‘Intimate Apparel’.

Her television and film acting credits include roles in ‘Mad Money’, with Diane Keaton, ‘Cowgirls & Angels’, with James Cromwell, ‘Dallas’, ‘Memphis Beat’ , ‘Good Guys’ and ‘The Lying Game’ as well as numerous commercials and corporate industrials.

Actor

Denise Lee

Denise Lee is an award-winning actress, singer, and down-to-earth diva! Her powerful voice, warm and friendly demeanor, and her sassy and sensual performance style has charmed theater, nightclub and television audiences for more than two decades.

Lee is based in Dallas but the world is her home. She has an impressively diverse local following at R&B and jazz venues and at area theaters, such as the Dallas Theater Center, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Bass Hall, WaterTower Theatre, Casa Manana and the Sammons Center for the Arts. Her musical magic has delighted international crowds at clubs in Shanghai, Beijing, Switzerland and France.

When left to her own devices, Lee performs cabaret style, combining all of her favorite things—singing, acting and bantering with her fans. For the last six years she has focused on bringing cabaret-style performances to the forefront of Dallas entertainment.  Her company, Denise Lee Onstage, produces a one of a kind Cabaret Series at Fair Park in Dallas that features the premiere talent in the area.  Her talents are also on full display in her one-woman shows, “Denise Lee Sings the Divas of American Music,” and “Too Old, Too Fat, Too Black – Songs I’ll Never Sing On Broadway”  for which she won a Broadway World Award for ‘Best Cabaret Performer’.  She is the recipient of the Sammons Center for the Arts Cabaret Artist of the Year, multiple DFW Theater Critics and Dallas Voice Awards.

Lee’s other musical and theater performances include ‘The Sunshine Boys’ – with Dick & Jerry Van Dyke; ‘Crowns’ – Directed by playwrite Regina Taylor, ‘The Wiz’, ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’, ‘Doubt’, ‘Avenue Q’ and ‘Intimate Apparel’.

Her television and film acting credits include roles in ‘Mad Money’, with Diane Keaton, ‘Cowgirls & Angels’, with James Cromwell, ‘Dallas’, ‘Memphis Beat’ , ‘Good Guys’ and ‘The Lying Game’ as well as numerous commercials and corporate industrials.

George Brant

Playwright

George Brant’s plays include Grounded, Marie and Rosetta, Into the Breeches!, Elephant’s GraveyardThe Prince of Providence, Tender AgeThe Land of Oz, Dark Room, Grizzly Mama, Good on Paper, The Mourners’ Bench, Salvage, Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile, Any Other NameDefiant, Miracle: A Tragedy,  Ashes, NOK, The Lonesome HoboesAll TalkOne Hand Clapping, The Royal Historian of Oz, Lovely Letters, Three Men in a Boat, Borglum! The Mount Rushmore Musical, Tights on a Wire and Night of the Mime. 

Brant’s work has been produced internationally by such companies as the Public Theater, The Atlantic Theater Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Cleveland Play House, The Alley Theatre, Studio Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory, City Theatre, Gate Theatre of London, Page 73, Traverse Theatre, Dobama Theatre, and the Disney Channel, among others. 

His plays have been generously developed by the Metropolitan Opera, The Playwrights’ Center, Asolo Rep, McCarter Theatre Center, New Harmony Project, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, WordBRIDGE Playwright’s Lab, InterAct Theatre, Theatre @ Boston Court, Playwright and Director Center of Moscow, Florida Studio Theatre, Contemporary Drama Festival of Hungary, the Hangar Theatre, and Equity Library Theatre, among others.

His scripts have been awarded a Lucille Lortel Award, an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, a Scotsman Fringe First Award, an Off-West End Theatre Award for Best Production, an NNPN Rolling World Premiere, the Smith Prize, the Keene Prize for Literature, a Theatre Netto Festival Prize, a Creative Workforce Fellowship, the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center and three Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards.  He has received writing fellowships from the James A. Michener Center for Writers, the McCarter Theatre Sallie B. Goodman Artist’s Retreat, the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Hermitage Artists’ Retreat and the Blue Mountain Center as well as commissions from the Metropolitan Opera, Trinity Repertory Company, Dobama Theatre and Theatre 4, and Cleveland Play House .

George received his MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.  He is published by Samuel French, Oberon Books, Fisher Verlage and Smith & Kraus.

Playwright

George Brant

George Brant’s plays include Grounded, Marie and Rosetta, Into the Breeches!, Elephant’s GraveyardThe Prince of Providence, Tender AgeThe Land of Oz, Dark Room, Grizzly Mama, Good on Paper, The Mourners’ Bench, Salvage, Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile, Any Other NameDefiant, Miracle: A Tragedy,  Ashes, NOK, The Lonesome HoboesAll TalkOne Hand Clapping, The Royal Historian of Oz, Lovely Letters, Three Men in a Boat, Borglum! The Mount Rushmore Musical, Tights on a Wire and Night of the Mime. 

Brant’s work has been produced internationally by such companies as the Public Theater, The Atlantic Theater Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Cleveland Play House, The Alley Theatre, Studio Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory, City Theatre, Gate Theatre of London, Page 73, Traverse Theatre, Dobama Theatre, and the Disney Channel, among others. 

His plays have been generously developed by the Metropolitan Opera, The Playwrights’ Center, Asolo Rep, McCarter Theatre Center, New Harmony Project, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, WordBRIDGE Playwright’s Lab, InterAct Theatre, Theatre @ Boston Court, Playwright and Director Center of Moscow, Florida Studio Theatre, Contemporary Drama Festival of Hungary, the Hangar Theatre, and Equity Library Theatre, among others.

His scripts have been awarded a Lucille Lortel Award, an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, a Scotsman Fringe First Award, an Off-West End Theatre Award for Best Production, an NNPN Rolling World Premiere, the Smith Prize, the Keene Prize for Literature, a Theatre Netto Festival Prize, a Creative Workforce Fellowship, the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center and three Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards.  He has received writing fellowships from the James A. Michener Center for Writers, the McCarter Theatre Sallie B. Goodman Artist’s Retreat, the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Hermitage Artists’ Retreat and the Blue Mountain Center as well as commissions from the Metropolitan Opera, Trinity Repertory Company, Dobama Theatre and Theatre 4, and Cleveland Play House .

George received his MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.  He is published by Samuel French, Oberon Books, Fisher Verlage and Smith & Kraus.

What’s On

The Handless King

by Harley Elias
Directed by Jay Duffer

July 26 – August 18, Main Stage

The Handless King

by Harley Elias
Directed by Jay Duffer

July 26 – August 18, Main Stage
A Wickedly Zany Road to Revolution

 

“Listen kid, I’ll keep your secret, but this revolution… it needs to happen now. We need to do it now.” 

 

A coworker dispute turns deadly in this morbidly funny new play. Set during the Assyrian Empire, The Handless King follows two humble government employees both tasked with tallying the dead in wake of a recent battle. The problem? Only one of them can keep their job. As the day wears on, truths are revealed, revolution draws near, and someone’s losing limbs before the sun is set. This world premiere-inspired by real artifacts from 728 BCE-explores a timeless truth: move with the times or get left behind. This high-octane historical fantasy comes to you after a wildly successful development at Amphibian Stage’s 2023 Sparkfest.

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Harley Elias

Playwright

Harley Elias is an Indian-Iraqi Arab-Jewish playwright and performer from New York City, who often writes plays about the strangeness of history, the dismantling of power systems, and revolutions. He has been the recipient of residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, with Resonance Ensemble, a Fulbright Grant, the Wild Epiphanies New Play Award, two Samuel French OOB Awards, a Young Playwrights Award, the Hester-Franklin Prize, and his Play #3 is published by Samuel French. Recent plays include Thug Play (Resonance Ensemble), The Pardon (Brown University), and 47 Years of Marriage (Samuel French OOB). For the composer Francisco de Guevara, he wrote the libretto for the opera 11:35, set to premiere in Mexico City in 2023. The documentary he co-wrote and directed, Reconquest of the Useless, was shown at the Havana, Zurich, Woodstock, and Virginia Film Festivals. As an actor his credits include Les Miserables (Broadway and National Tour), A Thousand Clowns (Broadway), A Christmas Carol (Broadway), Ragtime (National Tour). He has worked at the Goodspeed Opera House, EST, Workhouse, Second Stage, HB Studio, Soho Rep, and performed solo at the Kennedy Center. He holds a BA and MA in History and Art History from Stanford and is currently pursuing his MFA in Playwriting at Brown. He is currently under commission from Miami New Drama and Theater J.

Playwright

Harley Elias

Harley Elias is an Indian-Iraqi Arab-Jewish playwright and performer from New York City, who often writes plays about the strangeness of history, the dismantling of power systems, and revolutions. He has been the recipient of residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, with Resonance Ensemble, a Fulbright Grant, the Wild Epiphanies New Play Award, two Samuel French OOB Awards, a Young Playwrights Award, the Hester-Franklin Prize, and his Play #3 is published by Samuel French. Recent plays include Thug Play (Resonance Ensemble), The Pardon (Brown University), and 47 Years of Marriage (Samuel French OOB). For the composer Francisco de Guevara, he wrote the libretto for the opera 11:35, set to premiere in Mexico City in 2023. The documentary he co-wrote and directed, Reconquest of the Useless, was shown at the Havana, Zurich, Woodstock, and Virginia Film Festivals. As an actor his credits include Les Miserables (Broadway and National Tour), A Thousand Clowns (Broadway), A Christmas Carol (Broadway), Ragtime (National Tour). He has worked at the Goodspeed Opera House, EST, Workhouse, Second Stage, HB Studio, Soho Rep, and performed solo at the Kennedy Center. He holds a BA and MA in History and Art History from Stanford and is currently pursuing his MFA in Playwriting at Brown. He is currently under commission from Miami New Drama and Theater J.

Jay Duffer

Co-Artistic Director

Jay Duffer directed The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) for Amphibian both in 2014 and 2017, and Babbette’s Feast in 2019. He will direct Marie Antoinette in our 2022 season. Past Amphibian acting credits include Wittenberg, The Nosemaker’s Apprentice, The Mystery of Irma Vep and the workshop production of David Davalos’ Daedalus (Retitled A Lost Leonardo). He has professional acting and directing credits spanning several decades and has performed in theatres from Off-Broadway, to regional theatres, to productions overseas. Jay has been involved in new works and script development with Threads Theatre Company (serving as a Founding Member and the Executive Director of New Works), Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Source, Kaleidoscope Theatre Company, Fort Wayne Civic Theatre and Brooklyn based The Artful Conspirators. His play, Asleep in the Arms of God, received its world premiere in November 2017 at the Box Theatre in Riverside, CA produced by New Threads Productions (CA). His play, Big Girl, Little World premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. His latest play, naked, was included in Amphibian’s inaugural SPARKFEST in the summer of 2021. Prior to joining Amphibian as Managing Director, Jay was Associate Professor of Theatre and Department Chair at Huntington University in Indiana. At HU, he directed a wide variety of approximately 50 plays and musicals while heading the theatre program. Jay currently teaches Directing for the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas Arlington. He is a member of Actors Equity Association and is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Co-Artistic Director

Jay Duffer

Jay Duffer directed The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) for Amphibian both in 2014 and 2017, and Babbette’s Feast in 2019. He will direct Marie Antoinette in our 2022 season. Past Amphibian acting credits include Wittenberg, The Nosemaker’s Apprentice, The Mystery of Irma Vep and the workshop production of David Davalos’ Daedalus (Retitled A Lost Leonardo). He has professional acting and directing credits spanning several decades and has performed in theatres from Off-Broadway, to regional theatres, to productions overseas. Jay has been involved in new works and script development with Threads Theatre Company (serving as a Founding Member and the Executive Director of New Works), Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Source, Kaleidoscope Theatre Company, Fort Wayne Civic Theatre and Brooklyn based The Artful Conspirators. His play, Asleep in the Arms of God, received its world premiere in November 2017 at the Box Theatre in Riverside, CA produced by New Threads Productions (CA). His play, Big Girl, Little World premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. His latest play, naked, was included in Amphibian’s inaugural SPARKFEST in the summer of 2021. Prior to joining Amphibian as Managing Director, Jay was Associate Professor of Theatre and Department Chair at Huntington University in Indiana. At HU, he directed a wide variety of approximately 50 plays and musicals while heading the theatre program. Jay currently teaches Directing for the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas Arlington. He is a member of Actors Equity Association and is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

What’s On

The Amazing, Fabulous, and Spectacular Untruths of Juan Garcia

by Kathleen Culebro
based on the play La verdad sospechosa by Juan Ruiz de Alarcón
Directed by Evan Michael Woods

October 11 – November 3, Main Stage

The Amazing, Fabulous, and Spectacular Untruths of Juan Garcia

by Kathleen Culebro
based on the play La verdad sospechosa by Juan Ruiz de Alarcón
Directed by Evan Michael Woods

October 11 – November 3, Main Stage
A Long-Awaited Comedic Joy-Ride

 

“This is the way the world ends. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but with a big fat lie.” 

 

He’s got looks that kill, charm for days, and absolutely…no. grip. on. reality. Juan Garcia has returned to his hometown of Oaxaca, armed with grand tales and big dreams of becoming the city’s biggest celebrity. Watch as he weaves a tapestry of tall tales and misadventures, aiming to impress (and possibly confuse) everyone, particularly the lady of his misguided affections. As bills pile up and tired servants reach their limit, the stage is set for a comedy of errors that even Juan can’t lie his way out of. Fiction collides with truth in a spectacular night of theatre that promises to leave you breathless.

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Creatives

Creatives

Kathleen Culebro

Artistic Director

Born and raised in Mexico City, Kathleen is the Founding Artistic Director of Amphibian Stage, where she has produced over 100 plays in Fort Worth and New York – most of them world, US, or regional premieres. She has taught Screenwriting and Stage Makeup at Texas Christian University and proudly serves on the board of the Women’s Policy Forum. Also a playwright, Kathleen is the author of La Llorona, which premiered off-Broadway at Theatre Row in a production by Stageplays Theatre Company in 2007 and which has received productions around the country. A Leopard Complains of Its Spots premiered at the Pantheon Theatre in New York in 2001 with an extended run. Her play Smart Pretty Funny premiered at Amphibian Stage in 2016 and has since been produced in Australia and at other venues in the US.

Artistic Director

Kathleen Culebro

Born and raised in Mexico City, Kathleen is the Founding Artistic Director of Amphibian Stage, where she has produced over 100 plays in Fort Worth and New York – most of them world, US, or regional premieres. She has taught Screenwriting and Stage Makeup at Texas Christian University and proudly serves on the board of the Women’s Policy Forum. Also a playwright, Kathleen is the author of La Llorona, which premiered off-Broadway at Theatre Row in a production by Stageplays Theatre Company in 2007 and which has received productions around the country. A Leopard Complains of Its Spots premiered at the Pantheon Theatre in New York in 2001 with an extended run. Her play Smart Pretty Funny premiered at Amphibian Stage in 2016 and has since been produced in Australia and at other venues in the US.

Evan Michael Woods

Marketing Director

Evan is a Fort Worth-based actor, photographer, and designer. His work has been seen at the Dallas Theater Center, Second Thought Theatre, Undermain Theatre, Stage West Theatre, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Amphibian Stage, and more. Evan holds a BFA in Acting from Texas Christian University. Evan is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency.

Marketing Director

Evan Michael Woods

Evan is a Fort Worth-based actor, photographer, and designer. His work has been seen at the Dallas Theater Center, Second Thought Theatre, Undermain Theatre, Stage West Theatre, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Amphibian Stage, and more. Evan holds a BFA in Acting from Texas Christian University. Evan is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency.

What’s On

Instructions For A Séance

by Katie Bender
Directed by Lily Wolff

February 2 – 11, Main Stage

Instructions For A Séance

by Katie Bender
Directed by Lily Wolff

February 2 – 11, Main Stage
A DIY Séance to Summon Harry Houdini

“I literally just googled ‘instructions for a séance’. I took the night off, escaped the kid’s bedtime, to try this here with you. Tonight.” 

Take your seat at Katie Bender’s “DIY séance party”, as she attempts night after night to escape her own life by summoning the spirit of master escapologist Harry Houdini. This theatrical experiment, first workshopped at The Playwrights Center and The Alley All New Festival, transforms Bender’s mesmerizing personal journey into a collective experience that asks the audience: what are you trying to escape? 

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this unpredictable theatrical event, where reality and illusion converge in a gripping exploration of the human experience.

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Creatives

Katie Bender

Creator

Katie Bender (she/her/hers) is a playwright, performer and theatermaker.  Her plays include Judith, SHE WOLF, The Survivors/Los Sobrevivientes, Instructions for a Séance and Howling, Texas to name a few. Filled with games, physical exertion and a poetic delight in the mundane, her work often examines the surprising ways humans transform within impossible systems.

Katie’s work has been developed and produced all over the country, including at Hyde Park Theater, ZACH, The Alley, Shrewds, EST, Kitchen Dog, The Playwrights’ Center, LAUNCH PAD and Fusebox Festival, THT Rep, New Harmony Project, ACT Theatre and All For One Theater. She is the co-creator of Underbelly, with whom she made ecstatic site-specific performances such as Slip River, which received the Critics Table Award for Best New Comedy. Her play Judith received the B.Iden Payne Award for Best New Script. Katie was a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center and is currently a Core Writer. She received her M.F.A from The University of Texas.

Creator

Katie Bender

Katie Bender (she/her/hers) is a playwright, performer and theatermaker.  Her plays include Judith, SHE WOLF, The Survivors/Los Sobrevivientes, Instructions for a Séance and Howling, Texas to name a few. Filled with games, physical exertion and a poetic delight in the mundane, her work often examines the surprising ways humans transform within impossible systems.

Katie’s work has been developed and produced all over the country, including at Hyde Park Theater, ZACH, The Alley, Shrewds, EST, Kitchen Dog, The Playwrights’ Center, LAUNCH PAD and Fusebox Festival, THT Rep, New Harmony Project, ACT Theatre and All For One Theater. She is the co-creator of Underbelly, with whom she made ecstatic site-specific performances such as Slip River, which received the Critics Table Award for Best New Comedy. Her play Judith received the B.Iden Payne Award for Best New Script. Katie was a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center and is currently a Core Writer. She received her M.F.A from The University of Texas.

Lily Wolff

Director

Director

Lily Wolff

From the Creator…

INSTRUCTIONS FOR A SÉANCE

FROM PAGE TO STAGE

  • Developed with support from ScriptWorks Revision Resource funding. Find more information about ScriptWorks at www.scriptworks.org
  • This play was developed with the support of Playwrights’ Center.
  • INSTRUCTIONS FOR A SÉANCE received a workshop in the Alley Theatre’s 2023
    Alley All New Festival Rob Melrose, Artistic Director Dean R. Gladden, Managing Director

The Visit

‼️⚠️The remaining performances of The Visit have been canceled. ⚠️‼️

OCTOBER 20 – NOVEMBER 12, Main Stage

The Visit

‼️⚠️The remaining performances of The Visit have been canceled. ⚠️‼️

OCTOBER 20 – NOVEMBER 12, Main Stage

Just in time for Fall, Amphibian Stage will close their Main Stage season with a darkly comic tale from prolific Swiss writer, Friedrich Dürrenmatt. The Visit tells the story of a wealthy philanthropist returning to her hometown to save it from financial ruin…but the money comes with a deadly request that will test the morals of the town’s inhabitants. This larger-than-life classic will be brought to the stage in partnership with the University of Texas at Arlington’s Theatre faculty and students.

 

Join us on October 27th for our LGBTQIA+ Community Night and on November 3rd for our Under 40 Community Night. See details below.

 

Amphibian Stage’s New Tiered Ticket Pricing Model

Tickets for this show range from $15-60, but YOU get to decide what you pay in an effort to make theatre more accessible for any budget. Read more about our tiered ticketing model here!

Cast & Creative

Cast
Creatives

Elly Lindsay

Actor

Elly Lindsay moved to Dallas in the fall of 1977 from the East Coast. She was promptly cast as small town Texas girl, Margie Lynn Kayro in Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home and had to learn a Texas accent. Cheryl Denson kept telling her to smile more. Elly was last seen at Amphibian Theater Company as Player One (Dean and others) in Babette’s Feast. She also appeared as Grace in Vigil. Most recently Elly played Linda French in Grand Horizons at Stage West and Grandma in Undermain Theater’s workshop production of David Rabe’s He’s Born, He’s Borne. Recent roles include Annie Nations in Foxfire at Theatre Three, Mertis Katherine in John at Undermain (DFW Critics Forum Award). Other roles include: Mrs. Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility for Stolen Shakespeare Guild, Grandma in The American Dream and The Sandbox for Wingspan Theater; Lily in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks at Theater Too; Daisy Werthan in Driving Miss Daisy at FMPAT; Annabelle Chester in Snake in the Grass at Circle Theater (Ft. Worth Weekly – best show); Beth & others in String of Pearls and Evelyn Miller in Kindertransport for Echo Theater; and Judith Bliss in Hay Fever for Theater Britain. Elly also appeared as Carrie Watts in The Trip to Bountiful at The Contemporary Theater of Dallas for which she received D Magazine’s Best Actress of 2011 and the DFW Critics Forum Award. In her forty years in Dallas, she has also appeared at the Dallas Theater Center, the Dallas Children’s Theater, the Dallas Shakespeare Festival, and New Arts. New York credits include The Manhattan Theater Club and Café LaMama. Her television credits include “Dallas”, “Dangerous Curves”, “Fire & Rain”, and “Wishbone”. She appeared in the independent film LATE BLOOMERS, the short film THE HUSBAND and the independent film, STUCK. Elly taught for over twenty years at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts. Love to her mainstay and support, husband Randy Bonifay.

Actor

Elly Lindsay

Elly Lindsay moved to Dallas in the fall of 1977 from the East Coast. She was promptly cast as small town Texas girl, Margie Lynn Kayro in Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home and had to learn a Texas accent. Cheryl Denson kept telling her to smile more. Elly was last seen at Amphibian Theater Company as Player One (Dean and others) in Babette’s Feast. She also appeared as Grace in Vigil. Most recently Elly played Linda French in Grand Horizons at Stage West and Grandma in Undermain Theater’s workshop production of David Rabe’s He’s Born, He’s Borne. Recent roles include Annie Nations in Foxfire at Theatre Three, Mertis Katherine in John at Undermain (DFW Critics Forum Award). Other roles include: Mrs. Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility for Stolen Shakespeare Guild, Grandma in The American Dream and The Sandbox for Wingspan Theater; Lily in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks at Theater Too; Daisy Werthan in Driving Miss Daisy at FMPAT; Annabelle Chester in Snake in the Grass at Circle Theater (Ft. Worth Weekly – best show); Beth & others in String of Pearls and Evelyn Miller in Kindertransport for Echo Theater; and Judith Bliss in Hay Fever for Theater Britain. Elly also appeared as Carrie Watts in The Trip to Bountiful at The Contemporary Theater of Dallas for which she received D Magazine’s Best Actress of 2011 and the DFW Critics Forum Award. In her forty years in Dallas, she has also appeared at the Dallas Theater Center, the Dallas Children’s Theater, the Dallas Shakespeare Festival, and New Arts. New York credits include The Manhattan Theater Club and Café LaMama. Her television credits include “Dallas”, “Dangerous Curves”, “Fire & Rain”, and “Wishbone”. She appeared in the independent film LATE BLOOMERS, the short film THE HUSBAND and the independent film, STUCK. Elly taught for over twenty years at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts. Love to her mainstay and support, husband Randy Bonifay.

Malcolm Stephenson

Actor

Since moving to Texas several years ago, Malcolm has had the pleasure of appearing in several DFW area productions. Favorite roles include Robert Falcon Scott in “Terra Nova” at the Sanders Theatre in Fort Worth, and Lear in “King Lear” at the Bath House Theatre. In August, Malcolm appeared as Max in Harold Pinter’s “The Homecoming,” also at the Bath House. In New York, Malcolm worked on Broadway (“The Sisters Rosensweig”), Off-Broadway (“The End of the Day” at Playwrights Horizons), and Off-Off Broadway (“Time Stands Still” at Theatre for the New City and “Trial” at the Beckmann Theatre). He also appeared on the daytime dramas “One Life to Live” and “Guiding Light.” Malcolm currently co-stars as Nikolai in “1883,” and will be appearing as Leonard Mullin in the limited series “Born Again,” to be released early next year. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Actor

Malcolm Stephenson

Since moving to Texas several years ago, Malcolm has had the pleasure of appearing in several DFW area productions. Favorite roles include Robert Falcon Scott in “Terra Nova” at the Sanders Theatre in Fort Worth, and Lear in “King Lear” at the Bath House Theatre. In August, Malcolm appeared as Max in Harold Pinter’s “The Homecoming,” also at the Bath House. In New York, Malcolm worked on Broadway (“The Sisters Rosensweig”), Off-Broadway (“The End of the Day” at Playwrights Horizons), and Off-Off Broadway (“Time Stands Still” at Theatre for the New City and “Trial” at the Beckmann Theatre). He also appeared on the daytime dramas “One Life to Live” and “Guiding Light.” Malcolm currently co-stars as Nikolai in “1883,” and will be appearing as Leonard Mullin in the limited series “Born Again,” to be released early next year. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Patrick Bynane

Actor

Patrick Bynane is originally from Northeast Ohio and has lived and worked across the US. He has a Ph.D in Theatre History from LSU (Geaux Tigers!) and is a proud member of Actors Equity. He has lived in Denton, TX since 2006 when he moved there to join the Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program. He is Program Director for TWU Theatre and is currently enjoying a semester sabbatical to pursue creative and scholarly projects. He is thrilled to return to the Amphibian stage where he has previously been seen in this past summer’s SparkFest, Babette’s Feast and A Lost Leonardo among other productions.

Actor

Patrick Bynane

Patrick Bynane is originally from Northeast Ohio and has lived and worked across the US. He has a Ph.D in Theatre History from LSU (Geaux Tigers!) and is a proud member of Actors Equity. He has lived in Denton, TX since 2006 when he moved there to join the Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program. He is Program Director for TWU Theatre and is currently enjoying a semester sabbatical to pursue creative and scholarly projects. He is thrilled to return to the Amphibian stage where he has previously been seen in this past summer’s SparkFest, Babette’s Feast and A Lost Leonardo among other productions.

Michael Anthony Page

Actor

A graduate of the School of Performing Arts in New York City, Michael has performed Nationally and Internationally in theater and film roles. Some of his favorite theater roles include: Mister in The Color Purple (Pollard Theater), Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (OKC Shakespeare), and Murray in The Odd Couple (Lyric Theater). Other Regional Equity roles include: Ken in Ain’t Misbehavin (Theatreworks), TonTon in Once on This Island (American Musical Theater), Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatreworks), Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors (American Musical Theater). National Equity tours include roles of Martin Luther King in the musical Martin, and vocal soloist performances with the Denver Symphony and Philadelphia Pops. Television credits include Soloist at NFL Super Bowl Halftime show. Michael’s recent films credits include: The Girl Who Believes in Miracles, Walter in A Country Romance, and as Detective Morris Patterson in Gremlin. This spring Michael was last seen as Officer Buttons in the Lions Gate production of The Quest for Tom Sawyer’s Gold.

Actor

Michael Anthony Page

A graduate of the School of Performing Arts in New York City, Michael has performed Nationally and Internationally in theater and film roles. Some of his favorite theater roles include: Mister in The Color Purple (Pollard Theater), Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (OKC Shakespeare), and Murray in The Odd Couple (Lyric Theater). Other Regional Equity roles include: Ken in Ain’t Misbehavin (Theatreworks), TonTon in Once on This Island (American Musical Theater), Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatreworks), Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors (American Musical Theater). National Equity tours include roles of Martin Luther King in the musical Martin, and vocal soloist performances with the Denver Symphony and Philadelphia Pops. Television credits include Soloist at NFL Super Bowl Halftime show. Michael’s recent films credits include: The Girl Who Believes in Miracles, Walter in A Country Romance, and as Detective Morris Patterson in Gremlin. This spring Michael was last seen as Officer Buttons in the Lions Gate production of The Quest for Tom Sawyer’s Gold.

Laurel Whitsett

Actor

Laurel Whitsett (she/her) is excited to be working with Amphibian again, having taken some time off to earn a second master’s in Linguistics from UT Arlington. Now a PhD student there, her research focuses on issues at the intersection of theatre arts and accessibility, American Sign Language, and humor interpretation. Laurel teaches at UTA in Theatre Arts, Disability Studies, and Modern Languages, preferring to experience the world using naturalist John Muir’s philosophy, “all things are connected”. With a background in improvisation from King’s College London, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and Fort Worth’s own Four Day Weekend (woot!), Laurel guides UTA’s Improvisation track. She’s a state-certified ASL-English interpreter and has worked with the Dallas Theater Center and TheaterWorks Hartford as the American Sign Language and British Sign Language coach on their productions of ‘Clybourne Park’ and ‘Constellations’. Are you a horror film fan? Check out Laurel’s untimely demise in ‘Splinter’, or for a tamer experience you can see her as the acerbic librarian in ‘Super’ alongside Rainn Wilson, or even as the snarky carpool leader in ‘Premonition’ with Sandra Bullock. Laurel has diverse experience in dialogue coaching, dialect coaching, editing, and directing, including working with Chuck Norris on the final season of ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ and with Alice Braga for ‘Queen of the South’. Fun facts: she was an NFL cheerleader, is a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, has an identical twin sister, and adores her 3-legged cat, Tuppence.

Actor

Laurel Whitsett

Laurel Whitsett (she/her) is excited to be working with Amphibian again, having taken some time off to earn a second master’s in Linguistics from UT Arlington. Now a PhD student there, her research focuses on issues at the intersection of theatre arts and accessibility, American Sign Language, and humor interpretation. Laurel teaches at UTA in Theatre Arts, Disability Studies, and Modern Languages, preferring to experience the world using naturalist John Muir’s philosophy, “all things are connected”. With a background in improvisation from King’s College London, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and Fort Worth’s own Four Day Weekend (woot!), Laurel guides UTA’s Improvisation track. She’s a state-certified ASL-English interpreter and has worked with the Dallas Theater Center and TheaterWorks Hartford as the American Sign Language and British Sign Language coach on their productions of ‘Clybourne Park’ and ‘Constellations’. Are you a horror film fan? Check out Laurel’s untimely demise in ‘Splinter’, or for a tamer experience you can see her as the acerbic librarian in ‘Super’ alongside Rainn Wilson, or even as the snarky carpool leader in ‘Premonition’ with Sandra Bullock. Laurel has diverse experience in dialogue coaching, dialect coaching, editing, and directing, including working with Chuck Norris on the final season of ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ and with Alice Braga for ‘Queen of the South’. Fun facts: she was an NFL cheerleader, is a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, has an identical twin sister, and adores her 3-legged cat, Tuppence.

Amanda Nicole Reyes

Actor

Amanda Reyes is a Tejana actor and filmmaker based in Fort Worth, Texas. She has a B.A. in Radio, TV and Film from The University of North Texas and an M.F.A in Directing Narrative Cinema from Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently in post-production of her latest film, Going Home, set for festival release this winter. In addition to filmmaking, she has never shied away from her first love and passion; theatre arts. Her most notable performances in theatrical productions include Lil Bit in How I Learned to Drive with Canyon Theater Guild, Heidi in The Heidi Chronicles at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in L.A., the role of Rebel in Columbinus, Elvira in Don Juan in Chicago at Collin Theater Center, Eve in The Diaries of Adam and Eve and Sylvia Beetle in The Butterfly’s Evil Spell at Hip Pocket Theater. She is beyond thrilled to be acting for the first time at Amphibian Theater and is honored to work with such an incredibly talented cast and crew.

Actor

Amanda Nicole Reyes

Amanda Reyes is a Tejana actor and filmmaker based in Fort Worth, Texas. She has a B.A. in Radio, TV and Film from The University of North Texas and an M.F.A in Directing Narrative Cinema from Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently in post-production of her latest film, Going Home, set for festival release this winter. In addition to filmmaking, she has never shied away from her first love and passion; theatre arts. Her most notable performances in theatrical productions include Lil Bit in How I Learned to Drive with Canyon Theater Guild, Heidi in The Heidi Chronicles at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in L.A., the role of Rebel in Columbinus, Elvira in Don Juan in Chicago at Collin Theater Center, Eve in The Diaries of Adam and Eve and Sylvia Beetle in The Butterfly’s Evil Spell at Hip Pocket Theater. She is beyond thrilled to be acting for the first time at Amphibian Theater and is honored to work with such an incredibly talented cast and crew.

Melissa Duffer

Actor, Musical Director, Choreographer

Melissa is thrilled to be returning to Amphibian Stage where she was last seen in BABETTE’S FEAST. Favorite regional credits include GOD OF CARNAGE, TITANIC, SOUTH PACIFIC, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, JOSEPH…DREAMCOAT, and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Melissa has also performed in many musical revues and industrials in New York City, regional theatres across the country and overseas. She has appeared as a Barbie for Mattel and been a featured singer for the Macy’s Flower Show in New York City. Melissa holds a BME in voice from Baylor University and attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Melissa is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Thank you to Kathleen and Jay for this opportunity.

Actor, Musical Director, Choreographer

Melissa Duffer

Melissa is thrilled to be returning to Amphibian Stage where she was last seen in BABETTE’S FEAST. Favorite regional credits include GOD OF CARNAGE, TITANIC, SOUTH PACIFIC, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, JOSEPH…DREAMCOAT, and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Melissa has also performed in many musical revues and industrials in New York City, regional theatres across the country and overseas. She has appeared as a Barbie for Mattel and been a featured singer for the Macy’s Flower Show in New York City. Melissa holds a BME in voice from Baylor University and attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Melissa is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Thank you to Kathleen and Jay for this opportunity.

Tanner Mobley

Actor

Tanner Mobley is beyond excited for his Amphibian Stage debut here in Fort Worth. Tanner is a senior attending the University of Texas at Arlington, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in acting. Tanner was just previously seen in the role of Luther in Theatre Arlington’s production of Superior Donuts. Along with his passion for acting, he is also a filmmaker and photographer based here in Texas, managing and running his own production company: Fluidity Films. Tanner would love to thank UTA and Amphibian Stage for coming together to make a collaboration happen, and giving students the opportunity to act professionally while simultaneously growing in the art of performance. Tanner would also love to thank his God and his parents for the blessings and support provided along his journey.

Actor

Tanner Mobley

Tanner Mobley is beyond excited for his Amphibian Stage debut here in Fort Worth. Tanner is a senior attending the University of Texas at Arlington, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in acting. Tanner was just previously seen in the role of Luther in Theatre Arlington’s production of Superior Donuts. Along with his passion for acting, he is also a filmmaker and photographer based here in Texas, managing and running his own production company: Fluidity Films. Tanner would love to thank UTA and Amphibian Stage for coming together to make a collaboration happen, and giving students the opportunity to act professionally while simultaneously growing in the art of performance. Tanner would also love to thank his God and his parents for the blessings and support provided along his journey.

Johanna Nchekwube

Actor

Johanna Nchekwube is thrilled to be a part of the cast and crew of “The Visit”. This is her first show at Amphibian Stage. Her previous notable productions include “Manic Monologues” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” at WaterTower Theater, “Someone Like Me” at the Riot Act Theatre, and “Memphis the Musical” at Theatre Three. A huge thanks goes to all who brought this courageous piece of Art together and to my family and friends. IG: @jolove1

Actor

Johanna Nchekwube

Johanna Nchekwube is thrilled to be a part of the cast and crew of “The Visit”. This is her first show at Amphibian Stage. Her previous notable productions include “Manic Monologues” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” at WaterTower Theater, “Someone Like Me” at the Riot Act Theatre, and “Memphis the Musical” at Theatre Three. A huge thanks goes to all who brought this courageous piece of Art together and to my family and friends. IG: @jolove1

Gwen Mowdy

Actor

Gwen Mowdy is beyond grateful to be taking part in her first production at Amphibian Stage! She is currently a junior at The University of Texas at Arlington pursuing a BFA in Acting. She has most recently been seen as Viola in Twelfth Night at Upright Theatre Company, and as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Maverick Theatre Company at UTA. She would like to thank Jay Duffer for the opportunity, as well as her fellow cast and crew. She sends special thanks to her family, friends, and professors at UTA for all their love and support!

Actor

Gwen Mowdy

Gwen Mowdy is beyond grateful to be taking part in her first production at Amphibian Stage! She is currently a junior at The University of Texas at Arlington pursuing a BFA in Acting. She has most recently been seen as Viola in Twelfth Night at Upright Theatre Company, and as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Maverick Theatre Company at UTA. She would like to thank Jay Duffer for the opportunity, as well as her fellow cast and crew. She sends special thanks to her family, friends, and professors at UTA for all their love and support!

Kimberly Turner

Actor

Kimberly is blessed to be making her Amphibian Stage debut. She is currently going into her second year at the University of Texas at Arlington pursuing her BFA in Acting. Recent credits include Romeo and Juliet, Night of the Living Dead with the UTA Maverick Theatre Company, and Almost Maine at Onstage In Bedford. She recently contributed to Devourer, a short horror film written and directed by Isaiah Navarro. Kimberly is so honored to be a part of a fantastic masterpiece that will take the audience on an electrifying journey. She is grateful for the support of her family, friends, and mentors, to create captivating art. www.thekimberlyt.com

Actor

Kimberly Turner

Kimberly is blessed to be making her Amphibian Stage debut. She is currently going into her second year at the University of Texas at Arlington pursuing her BFA in Acting. Recent credits include Romeo and Juliet, Night of the Living Dead with the UTA Maverick Theatre Company, and Almost Maine at Onstage In Bedford. She recently contributed to Devourer, a short horror film written and directed by Isaiah Navarro. Kimberly is so honored to be a part of a fantastic masterpiece that will take the audience on an electrifying journey. She is grateful for the support of her family, friends, and mentors, to create captivating art. www.thekimberlyt.com

Caleb De La Torre

Actor

Caleb De La Torre is thrilled to make his debut in “The Visit” at Amphibian Stage. He was last seen portraying the role of Claudio in “Much Ado About Nothing” at Shakespeare Dallas and Tulsa in “Gypsy” at Theatre Arlington. With a passion for both stage and screen, Caleb has also been actively involved in a film production company alongside his talented roommates. You can support his team by giving them a follow @fluidityfilms on instagram. Caleb is grateful for the grace given to him by God and the support of his family, friends, and mentors. He thanks you for coming out to Amphibian this fall and hopes you enjoy “The Visit”!

Actor

Caleb De La Torre

Caleb De La Torre is thrilled to make his debut in “The Visit” at Amphibian Stage. He was last seen portraying the role of Claudio in “Much Ado About Nothing” at Shakespeare Dallas and Tulsa in “Gypsy” at Theatre Arlington. With a passion for both stage and screen, Caleb has also been actively involved in a film production company alongside his talented roommates. You can support his team by giving them a follow @fluidityfilms on instagram. Caleb is grateful for the grace given to him by God and the support of his family, friends, and mentors. He thanks you for coming out to Amphibian this fall and hopes you enjoy “The Visit”!

Jovane Caamaño

Actor

Jovane is thrilled to be returning to Amphibian Stage after previously appearing as Doug Simon in Gutenberg! The Musical!, Frazer and Others in Julia Pastrana, and the Narrator understudy for The Hollow.
Other regional theatres with which he’s worked include Stage West (Grand Horizons, Scrooge in Rouge, and Somebody in Everybody), Circle Theatre (Tiny Beautiful Things, This Random World), Undermain Theatre (He’s Born, He’s Borne; Red Chariot; The Lady from the Sea; and George Tesman in Hedda Gabler), Theatre Three (Stede Bonnet: A F*cking Pirate Musical, Susan and God), Hip Pocket Theatre (Electra), Danielle Georgiou Dance Group (The Savage Seconds), Theatre Arlington (Ripcord), Second Thought Theatre (Enemies/People), and three seasons with the Trinity Shakespeare Festival, as well as Wishing Star Productions’ national tour of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical.
Jovane earned his BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre from Texas Christian University.
He is passionate about his work teaching theatre and other fine arts at Key School and Training Center in Fort Worth, and he’s always stoked when he gets the opportunity to return to teaching social and narrative language skills with Story Stage, too.

Jovane would like to thank Amphibian Stage for having him again, his family and friends for believing in him, and his incredible partner, Levi, for all his amazing love and support.

Actor

Jovane Caamaño

Jovane is thrilled to be returning to Amphibian Stage after previously appearing as Doug Simon in Gutenberg! The Musical!, Frazer and Others in Julia Pastrana, and the Narrator understudy for The Hollow.
Other regional theatres with which he’s worked include Stage West (Grand Horizons, Scrooge in Rouge, and Somebody in Everybody), Circle Theatre (Tiny Beautiful Things, This Random World), Undermain Theatre (He’s Born, He’s Borne; Red Chariot; The Lady from the Sea; and George Tesman in Hedda Gabler), Theatre Three (Stede Bonnet: A F*cking Pirate Musical, Susan and God), Hip Pocket Theatre (Electra), Danielle Georgiou Dance Group (The Savage Seconds), Theatre Arlington (Ripcord), Second Thought Theatre (Enemies/People), and three seasons with the Trinity Shakespeare Festival, as well as Wishing Star Productions’ national tour of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical.
Jovane earned his BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre from Texas Christian University.
He is passionate about his work teaching theatre and other fine arts at Key School and Training Center in Fort Worth, and he’s always stoked when he gets the opportunity to return to teaching social and narrative language skills with Story Stage, too.

Jovane would like to thank Amphibian Stage for having him again, his family and friends for believing in him, and his incredible partner, Levi, for all his amazing love and support.

Jay Duffer

Co-Artistic Director

Jay Duffer directed The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) for Amphibian both in 2014 and 2017, and Babbette’s Feast in 2019. He will direct Marie Antoinette in our 2022 season. Past Amphibian acting credits include Wittenberg, The Nosemaker’s Apprentice, The Mystery of Irma Vep and the workshop production of David Davalos’ Daedalus (Retitled A Lost Leonardo). He has professional acting and directing credits spanning several decades and has performed in theatres from Off-Broadway, to regional theatres, to productions overseas. Jay has been involved in new works and script development with Threads Theatre Company (serving as a Founding Member and the Executive Director of New Works), Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Source, Kaleidoscope Theatre Company, Fort Wayne Civic Theatre and Brooklyn based The Artful Conspirators. His play, Asleep in the Arms of God, received its world premiere in November 2017 at the Box Theatre in Riverside, CA produced by New Threads Productions (CA). His play, Big Girl, Little World premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. His latest play, naked, was included in Amphibian’s inaugural SPARKFEST in the summer of 2021. Prior to joining Amphibian as Managing Director, Jay was Associate Professor of Theatre and Department Chair at Huntington University in Indiana. At HU, he directed a wide variety of approximately 50 plays and musicals while heading the theatre program. Jay currently teaches Directing for the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas Arlington. He is a member of Actors Equity Association and is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Co-Artistic Director

Jay Duffer

Jay Duffer directed The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) for Amphibian both in 2014 and 2017, and Babbette’s Feast in 2019. He will direct Marie Antoinette in our 2022 season. Past Amphibian acting credits include Wittenberg, The Nosemaker’s Apprentice, The Mystery of Irma Vep and the workshop production of David Davalos’ Daedalus (Retitled A Lost Leonardo). He has professional acting and directing credits spanning several decades and has performed in theatres from Off-Broadway, to regional theatres, to productions overseas. Jay has been involved in new works and script development with Threads Theatre Company (serving as a Founding Member and the Executive Director of New Works), Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Source, Kaleidoscope Theatre Company, Fort Wayne Civic Theatre and Brooklyn based The Artful Conspirators. His play, Asleep in the Arms of God, received its world premiere in November 2017 at the Box Theatre in Riverside, CA produced by New Threads Productions (CA). His play, Big Girl, Little World premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. His latest play, naked, was included in Amphibian’s inaugural SPARKFEST in the summer of 2021. Prior to joining Amphibian as Managing Director, Jay was Associate Professor of Theatre and Department Chair at Huntington University in Indiana. At HU, he directed a wide variety of approximately 50 plays and musicals while heading the theatre program. Jay currently teaches Directing for the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas Arlington. He is a member of Actors Equity Association and is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Hailey Green

Stage Manager

Hailey has worked in Stage Management in DFW since 2015. Her previous work includes Casa Manana, the Actors Conservatory Theatre, The Classics Theatre Project, Stagewest, Imprint Theatreworks: First Impressions Festival, Altered Shakespeare, Prism Movement Theatre, Watertower Theatre, Ochre House Theatre, Amphibian Stage & Shakespeare Dallas. She holds a bachelor of arts in Theatrical Performance.

Stage Manager

Hailey Green

Hailey has worked in Stage Management in DFW since 2015. Her previous work includes Casa Manana, the Actors Conservatory Theatre, The Classics Theatre Project, Stagewest, Imprint Theatreworks: First Impressions Festival, Altered Shakespeare, Prism Movement Theatre, Watertower Theatre, Ochre House Theatre, Amphibian Stage & Shakespeare Dallas. She holds a bachelor of arts in Theatrical Performance.

Leah Mazur

Costume Designer

Leah Mazur, MFA, graduated from the Scenography Program at the University of Kansas in May of 2017. She received her B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Theatre Design from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. She is currently a freelance Scenographer and visual artist based in the DFW metroplex and is the Area Head of the Design & Technology BFA program in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Leah’s work has been seen at Spinning Tree Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Kansas Repertory Theatre, Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Canterbury Theatre, Anacostia Playhouse, Catholic University, Cape May Stage, Scena Theatre, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and the University of Texas at Arlington.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Leah’s focus shifted to the integration of XR (extended reality) into the performing arts as a means of accessibility and expanded storytelling. She is a member of USITT.

Costume Designer

Leah Mazur

Leah Mazur, MFA, graduated from the Scenography Program at the University of Kansas in May of 2017. She received her B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Theatre Design from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. She is currently a freelance Scenographer and visual artist based in the DFW metroplex and is the Area Head of the Design & Technology BFA program in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Leah’s work has been seen at Spinning Tree Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Kansas Repertory Theatre, Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Canterbury Theatre, Anacostia Playhouse, Catholic University, Cape May Stage, Scena Theatre, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and the University of Texas at Arlington.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Leah’s focus shifted to the integration of XR (extended reality) into the performing arts as a means of accessibility and expanded storytelling. She is a member of USITT.

Bella Barnett

Resident Scenic Artist

Bella is a production designer, art director, prop builder, and scenic artist. She received her B.A. in technical theatre from West Texas A&M University. Bella now works as a freelancer in advertising, film, and theater. She worked recently as the production designer for 2022 Lone Star Film Festival official selection Pool Service and 2022 Micheaux Film Festival and 2022 National Black Film Festival official selection Blue Porcelain. Her work with Amphibian Stage includes the props design and scenic painting for The Hollow and Miss Molly along with scenic painting for Spaceman and Baba.

Resident Scenic Artist

Bella Barnett

Bella is a production designer, art director, prop builder, and scenic artist. She received her B.A. in technical theatre from West Texas A&M University. Bella now works as a freelancer in advertising, film, and theater. She worked recently as the production designer for 2022 Lone Star Film Festival official selection Pool Service and 2022 Micheaux Film Festival and 2022 National Black Film Festival official selection Blue Porcelain. Her work with Amphibian Stage includes the props design and scenic painting for The Hollow and Miss Molly along with scenic painting for Spaceman and Baba.

David Lanza

Sound Designer

David Lanza has been sound designing in DFW for some time now, is excited to still be sound designing, and looks forward to sound designing more in the future.  He also loves the Phibs always and forever.  Pro-tip: eat half of your cookie now, and save the other half for a late night snack after the show.  Follow David Lanza Audio on Facebook or go to www.DavidLanzaAudio.com to learn more.  Or look up my LiveJournal I had in high school. Love to Nikki, Maggie, Peter, and the Oxford comma

Sound Designer

David Lanza

David Lanza has been sound designing in DFW for some time now, is excited to still be sound designing, and looks forward to sound designing more in the future.  He also loves the Phibs always and forever.  Pro-tip: eat half of your cookie now, and save the other half for a late night snack after the show.  Follow David Lanza Audio on Facebook or go to www.DavidLanzaAudio.com to learn more.  Or look up my LiveJournal I had in high school. Love to Nikki, Maggie, Peter, and the Oxford comma

Adam Chamberlin

Lighting Designer

Adam Chamberlin (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be returning to Amphibian Stage Productions. He is the managing director of theatre production and associate professor of lighting and sound design for the Department of Dance and Theatre at the University of North Texas. Previously, he has taught as an assistant professor for the dance department at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is currently serving on the Leadership of the Lighting Commission for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology as awards coordinator and poster session co-coordinator. Previously, he has held the positions of vice-commissioner of special projects and light lab designer. He has designed lighting for companies including The Latin Ballet of Virginia, Shakespeare Dallas, Oklahoma City Rep., One World Theatre, Stage West, K-Dance, Kitchen Dog, and WaterTower Theatre. He was a founding member of Dysfunctional Theatre Company in NYC and Amaranth Contemporary Dance in Richmond, VA. In addition, he is a founding member of the Beyond the Sock Puppetry. He holds an MFA in theatrical design from the University of Texas at Austin.

Lighting Designer

Adam Chamberlin

Adam Chamberlin (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be returning to Amphibian Stage Productions. He is the managing director of theatre production and associate professor of lighting and sound design for the Department of Dance and Theatre at the University of North Texas. Previously, he has taught as an assistant professor for the dance department at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is currently serving on the Leadership of the Lighting Commission for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology as awards coordinator and poster session co-coordinator. Previously, he has held the positions of vice-commissioner of special projects and light lab designer. He has designed lighting for companies including The Latin Ballet of Virginia, Shakespeare Dallas, Oklahoma City Rep., One World Theatre, Stage West, K-Dance, Kitchen Dog, and WaterTower Theatre. He was a founding member of Dysfunctional Theatre Company in NYC and Amaranth Contemporary Dance in Richmond, VA. In addition, he is a founding member of the Beyond the Sock Puppetry. He holds an MFA in theatrical design from the University of Texas at Austin.

Rune Bunn

Assistant Scenic Designer

Rune is a senior BFA Design & Technology student at UTA with a focus in scenic design. They have worked on many shows including most recently Sweeney Todd and Romeo & Juliet. They currently work in the scene shop at UTA as a student assistant.

Assistant Scenic Designer

Rune Bunn

Rune is a senior BFA Design & Technology student at UTA with a focus in scenic design. They have worked on many shows including most recently Sweeney Todd and Romeo & Juliet. They currently work in the scene shop at UTA as a student assistant.

Susan Austin

Costume Design Assistant, Wardrobe Supervisor

Susan has been the costume shop supervisor for TCU School of Classical and Contemporary Dance since 2013, designing and constructing costumes and recently retired from that role and is currently the resident costume designer for Hip Pocket Theatre’s 47th season. She is a Fort Worth native, growing up in the local dance/theatre community. She has also worked on costumes for Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Bruce Wood Dance, Pegasus Contemporary Ballet, Tarrant County College NE Dance, Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth Opera, Hip Pocket Theatre, Richardson High School Theatre Magnet, Gayle Corkery School of Ballet, Fort Worth Country Day Theatre Department and Ballet Department, Festival Ballet of North Texas, Taps N Tunes, Midland Ballet and individual dancers. She has performed in multiple shows at Hip Pocket Theatre, her favorite being “A Wisepecker Christmas.” She enjoys stage managing and toured with Basil Twist’s puppet production of “Petruska,”, which performed with the Fort Worth Symphony and the Phoenix Symphony. She is eternally grateful for the friendship and mentorship of Diane Simons and aspires to reflect her talent in current Hip Pocket costume designs.

Costume Design Assistant, Wardrobe Supervisor

Susan Austin

Susan has been the costume shop supervisor for TCU School of Classical and Contemporary Dance since 2013, designing and constructing costumes and recently retired from that role and is currently the resident costume designer for Hip Pocket Theatre’s 47th season. She is a Fort Worth native, growing up in the local dance/theatre community. She has also worked on costumes for Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Bruce Wood Dance, Pegasus Contemporary Ballet, Tarrant County College NE Dance, Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth Opera, Hip Pocket Theatre, Richardson High School Theatre Magnet, Gayle Corkery School of Ballet, Fort Worth Country Day Theatre Department and Ballet Department, Festival Ballet of North Texas, Taps N Tunes, Midland Ballet and individual dancers. She has performed in multiple shows at Hip Pocket Theatre, her favorite being “A Wisepecker Christmas.” She enjoys stage managing and toured with Basil Twist’s puppet production of “Petruska,”, which performed with the Fort Worth Symphony and the Phoenix Symphony. She is eternally grateful for the friendship and mentorship of Diane Simons and aspires to reflect her talent in current Hip Pocket costume designs.

From UTA Department Chair

2023

Miss Molly

By Christine Carmela

JULY 21 – AUGUST 13

Thursday – Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 2 PM,
Main Stage

Miss Molly

By Christine Carmela

JULY 21 – AUGUST 13

Thursday – Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 2 PM,
Main Stage
WORLD PREMIERE

It’s 1889 London, darling, where the only game in town is the pursuit of the perfect partner. Lifelong friends Matthias and Aloysius are convinced they’ve struck gold with the dazzling sisters, Molly and Genevieve. The stage is set for a perfect match…or is it? Enter the ever-discerning Viscountess Houseington, who detects a whiff of something fruity surrounding her daughter’s potential suitors…not to mention the boys’ formidable mothers are determined to put their future in-laws through the ultimate test. Get ready for a sidesplitting, love-struck escapade that’s enough to make Oscar Wilde clutch his pearls!

 

This new comedy and homage to The Importance of Being Earnest comes from Christine Carmela and will be directed by Evan Michael Woods. These TCU alums were roommates when Carmela first drafted Miss Molly.

 

Amphibian Stage was the first professional theatre to host a staged reading of one of Carmela’s early plays.

 

Since then, Carmela made her Off-broadway debut at SoHo Repertory Theatre and received a Masters in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California. While Woods is known as a multidisciplinary theatre artist in DFW, Miss Molly marks his directorial debut.

 

Amphibian Stage’s New Tiered Ticket Pricing Model

Tickets for this show range from $15-60, but YOU get to decide what you pay in an effort to make theatre more accessible for any budget. Read more about our tiered ticketing model here!

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Emily Scott Banks

Director

Emily Scott Banks is a member of Actors Equity who has been in or led over 90 professional shows since returning to the Dallas/Fort Worth stages 20 years ago. Most recently she played Camille in Into the Breeches at Stage West and directed the first shows back at three different theaters when reopening’s first began in 2021. Pre-pandemic Emily reprised the one-actor Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol at Stage West to a sold-out run; appeared as Agatha in The Moors at Theatre Three, Angel in Angels in America – Perestroika at Uptown Players, directed Sarah Ruhl’s Stage Kiss at Circle Theatre in Fort Worth, and played Madame Ranevsky in The Cherry Orchard for The Classics Theatre Project. Her many area directorial credits include the critically acclaimed The Big Meal; The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for WaterTower Theatre. For Stage West the award-winning Stupid F*cking Bird, Life Sucks., An Iliad and The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence; and Egress for Amphibian Stage. Emily has won awards for her work in both disciplines, including multiple DFW Critics’ Forum Awards, and Best Actress of the Year nods from Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and TheaterJones.

Director

Emily Scott Banks

Emily Scott Banks is a member of Actors Equity who has been in or led over 90 professional shows since returning to the Dallas/Fort Worth stages 20 years ago. Most recently she played Camille in Into the Breeches at Stage West and directed the first shows back at three different theaters when reopening’s first began in 2021. Pre-pandemic Emily reprised the one-actor Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol at Stage West to a sold-out run; appeared as Agatha in The Moors at Theatre Three, Angel in Angels in America – Perestroika at Uptown Players, directed Sarah Ruhl’s Stage Kiss at Circle Theatre in Fort Worth, and played Madame Ranevsky in The Cherry Orchard for The Classics Theatre Project. Her many area directorial credits include the critically acclaimed The Big Meal; The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for WaterTower Theatre. For Stage West the award-winning Stupid F*cking Bird, Life Sucks., An Iliad and The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence; and Egress for Amphibian Stage. Emily has won awards for her work in both disciplines, including multiple DFW Critics’ Forum Awards, and Best Actress of the Year nods from Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and TheaterJones.

Christine Carmela

Playwright

Christine Carmela is thrilled to be making her return to the DFW theatre scene after far too long of a time apart. Though Christine is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, she acquired a BFA in Acting from Fort Worth’s very own TCU. Her work as a stage actress has been seen at SoHo Rep, Uptown Players, Circle Theatre, and more. As a writer, she is thrilled to be making her regional theatre debut right on the heels of her graduating with an MFA in Writing for Screen and Television from USC in Los Angeles where she is now based.

Playwright

Christine Carmela

Christine Carmela is thrilled to be making her return to the DFW theatre scene after far too long of a time apart. Though Christine is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, she acquired a BFA in Acting from Fort Worth’s very own TCU. Her work as a stage actress has been seen at SoHo Rep, Uptown Players, Circle Theatre, and more. As a writer, she is thrilled to be making her regional theatre debut right on the heels of her graduating with an MFA in Writing for Screen and Television from USC in Los Angeles where she is now based.

Laurel Collins

Actor

Laurel Collins began her career as a tap dancer in Tommy Tune shows on Broadway. She’s tried many other jobs and always finds her way back to the performing arts. She podcasts (Sumo Kaboom), performs all over DFW, and teaches.

Actor

Laurel Collins

Laurel Collins began her career as a tap dancer in Tommy Tune shows on Broadway. She’s tried many other jobs and always finds her way back to the performing arts. She podcasts (Sumo Kaboom), performs all over DFW, and teaches.

Parker Gray

Actor

Parker Gray is a Dallas-based Actor, Teaching Artist, and Playwright and is excited to be immediately returning to Amphibian after being seen in this year’s SparkFest! Recent favorite credits include The Play that Goes Wrong (Stage West & WaterTower Theatre), Young Frankenstein (Circle Theatre & Theatre Three), Stede Bonnet: A F*cking Pirate MusicalLittle Shop of Horrors (Theatre Three) and other various productions at Dallas Theater Center, Casa Mañana, Kitchen Dog Theater, Undermain Theatre, Shakespeare Dallas, Lyric Stage, Fair Assembly, Shakespeare in the Bar, and Second Thought Theatre where he currently serves as the Executive Director. Parker’s voice can be heard in various shows with Crunchyroll and seen in the Dallas-made horror film The Finale. Parker’s premiere play, Incarnate, received a reading at Undermain for their Whither Goest Thou America Festival in 2022 and he can be seen next in the World Premiere of Anne-Tig-Uh-Knee at Second Thought. Parker would like to thank his family and Kristen for their endless support. BFA in Acting from SMU. Represented by the Kim Dawson Agency.

Actor

Parker Gray

Parker Gray is a Dallas-based Actor, Teaching Artist, and Playwright and is excited to be immediately returning to Amphibian after being seen in this year’s SparkFest! Recent favorite credits include The Play that Goes Wrong (Stage West & WaterTower Theatre), Young Frankenstein (Circle Theatre & Theatre Three), Stede Bonnet: A F*cking Pirate MusicalLittle Shop of Horrors (Theatre Three) and other various productions at Dallas Theater Center, Casa Mañana, Kitchen Dog Theater, Undermain Theatre, Shakespeare Dallas, Lyric Stage, Fair Assembly, Shakespeare in the Bar, and Second Thought Theatre where he currently serves as the Executive Director. Parker’s voice can be heard in various shows with Crunchyroll and seen in the Dallas-made horror film The Finale. Parker’s premiere play, Incarnate, received a reading at Undermain for their Whither Goest Thou America Festival in 2022 and he can be seen next in the World Premiere of Anne-Tig-Uh-Knee at Second Thought. Parker would like to thank his family and Kristen for their endless support. BFA in Acting from SMU. Represented by the Kim Dawson Agency.

Logan Graye

Actor

Logan Graye is beyond thrilled to be part of the world premiere of Miss Molly! Previous credits include Cruel Intentions (Stage West/Uptown Players), The Office A Musical Parody (The Theater Center), Disenchanted! (Priscilla Beach Theatre), Side Show (White Plains Performing Arts Center), The Devil Tree Part Two (The Players Theatre), Titanic (Uptown Players). TCU B.F.A. Musical Theatre alum (go frogs!).

Actor

Logan Graye

Logan Graye is beyond thrilled to be part of the world premiere of Miss Molly! Previous credits include Cruel Intentions (Stage West/Uptown Players), The Office A Musical Parody (The Theater Center), Disenchanted! (Priscilla Beach Theatre), Side Show (White Plains Performing Arts Center), The Devil Tree Part Two (The Players Theatre), Titanic (Uptown Players). TCU B.F.A. Musical Theatre alum (go frogs!).

Shannon J. McGrann

Actor

Shannon J. McGrann is pleased to make her Amphibian debut in Miss Molly. Select regional theater credits include: The Cake (Uptown Players and Theater Arlington); It’s Only A Play (Uptown Players); Raptured! (Theatre Three); Incognito (Second Thought Theatre); Church & State, A Doll’s House, Part 2, A Funny Thing…. (Stage West); Hand to God, Silent Sky,  (WaterTower Theatre); Gypsy, As Thousands Cheer (Lyric Stage); A Christmas Carol (The Dallas Theater Center); The Wizard of Oz (Lyric Theatre OKC & Casa Manana). TV/Film work includes Love and Death (HBO), Look Both Ways (Netflix), Rock Me, The Price of Fame: Carrie Fisher; The Good Guys; Lone Star; My Generation; The Marina Oswald Story; and regional and national commercial credits.

Actor

Shannon J. McGrann

Shannon J. McGrann is pleased to make her Amphibian debut in Miss Molly. Select regional theater credits include: The Cake (Uptown Players and Theater Arlington); It’s Only A Play (Uptown Players); Raptured! (Theatre Three); Incognito (Second Thought Theatre); Church & State, A Doll’s House, Part 2, A Funny Thing…. (Stage West); Hand to God, Silent Sky,  (WaterTower Theatre); Gypsy, As Thousands Cheer (Lyric Stage); A Christmas Carol (The Dallas Theater Center); The Wizard of Oz (Lyric Theatre OKC & Casa Manana). TV/Film work includes Love and Death (HBO), Look Both Ways (Netflix), Rock Me, The Price of Fame: Carrie Fisher; The Good Guys; Lone Star; My Generation; The Marina Oswald Story; and regional and national commercial credits.

Brayden Raqueño

Actor

Brayden Raqueño is an LA-based actor, originally from McKinney, Texas. Most recently, Brayden was a performer for Norwegian Cruise Line in their productions of Footloose and Elements. Locally, he was last seen as Jay in Disney’s Descendants at Casa Mañana. Brayden holds a BFA in Acting from Texas Christian University and is represented by Avalon Artists Group.

Actor

Brayden Raqueño

Brayden Raqueño is an LA-based actor, originally from McKinney, Texas. Most recently, Brayden was a performer for Norwegian Cruise Line in their productions of Footloose and Elements. Locally, he was last seen as Jay in Disney’s Descendants at Casa Mañana. Brayden holds a BFA in Acting from Texas Christian University and is represented by Avalon Artists Group.

Evan Michael Woods

Marketing Director

Evan is a Fort Worth-based actor, photographer, and designer. His work has been seen at the Dallas Theater Center, Second Thought Theatre, Undermain Theatre, Stage West Theatre, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Amphibian Stage, and more. Evan holds a BFA in Acting from Texas Christian University. Evan is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency.

Marketing Director

Evan Michael Woods

Evan is a Fort Worth-based actor, photographer, and designer. His work has been seen at the Dallas Theater Center, Second Thought Theatre, Undermain Theatre, Stage West Theatre, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Amphibian Stage, and more. Evan holds a BFA in Acting from Texas Christian University. Evan is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency.

Christine Carmela

Playwright

Christine Carmela is thrilled to be making her return to the DFW theatre scene after far too long of a time apart. Though Christine is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, she acquired a BFA in Acting from Fort Worth’s very own TCU. Her work as a stage actress has been seen at SoHo Rep, Uptown Players, Circle Theatre, and more. As a writer, she is thrilled to be making her regional theatre debut right on the heels of her graduating with an MFA in Writing for Screen and Television from USC in Los Angeles where she is now based.

Playwright

Christine Carmela

Christine Carmela is thrilled to be making her return to the DFW theatre scene after far too long of a time apart. Though Christine is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, she acquired a BFA in Acting from Fort Worth’s very own TCU. Her work as a stage actress has been seen at SoHo Rep, Uptown Players, Circle Theatre, and more. As a writer, she is thrilled to be making her regional theatre debut right on the heels of her graduating with an MFA in Writing for Screen and Television from USC in Los Angeles where she is now based.

Seth Hunter Williams

Assistant Director

Seth Hunter Williams is overjoyed to be making theatre with his favorite DFW theatre company! He has taught theatre at the high school level for 9 years and has enjoyed many successes in Texas Thespians and U.I.L. One-Act Play contests. Seth holds a BFA in Theatre from Tarleton State University and is currently the Co-Vice President of the Theatre at Tarleton Alumni Association. He is currently an MFA in Directing candidate at The University of Idaho and has plans to graduate in December of 2024. Seth has a passion for reading plays, making his own clothes, and Patti LuPone. He would like to thank Evan, Alyssa, and the other artists at Amphibian who involved him in Miss Molly! Also, Seth would like to thank his husband, mother, sisters, and friends for helping him along the path of life and supporting his passions. He would like to dedicate this production to the loving memory of his Aunt, Linda Snelson Brown, who was one of his fiercest supporters and encouragers.

Assistant Director

Seth Hunter Williams

Seth Hunter Williams is overjoyed to be making theatre with his favorite DFW theatre company! He has taught theatre at the high school level for 9 years and has enjoyed many successes in Texas Thespians and U.I.L. One-Act Play contests. Seth holds a BFA in Theatre from Tarleton State University and is currently the Co-Vice President of the Theatre at Tarleton Alumni Association. He is currently an MFA in Directing candidate at The University of Idaho and has plans to graduate in December of 2024. Seth has a passion for reading plays, making his own clothes, and Patti LuPone. He would like to thank Evan, Alyssa, and the other artists at Amphibian who involved him in Miss Molly! Also, Seth would like to thank his husband, mother, sisters, and friends for helping him along the path of life and supporting his passions. He would like to dedicate this production to the loving memory of his Aunt, Linda Snelson Brown, who was one of his fiercest supporters and encouragers.

Josh Nguyen

Stage Manager

Josh Nguyen is ecstatic to debut at Amphibian Stage for Miss Molly. Previous Stage Management Credits: The Tender Land (Baylor Opera), GodspellThe Ballad of Little Jo (Assistant at WaterTower Theater). Josh is usually seen billed as a Sound Designer around the DFW metroplex. Selected works: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (Second Thought Theatre), The Mountaintop (Circle Theatre), Clue (Associate Design at Dallas Theater Center), Side by Side by Sondheim (Associate Design at RepSTL). Josh holds a BFA in Theatre Design & Technology from Baylor University and is a member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association. Josh hopes to be part of the next generation of theater educators, making the medium and field more accessible and equitable. joshuanguyen.net @jashngooyen

Stage Manager

Josh Nguyen

Josh Nguyen is ecstatic to debut at Amphibian Stage for Miss Molly. Previous Stage Management Credits: The Tender Land (Baylor Opera), GodspellThe Ballad of Little Jo (Assistant at WaterTower Theater). Josh is usually seen billed as a Sound Designer around the DFW metroplex. Selected works: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (Second Thought Theatre), The Mountaintop (Circle Theatre), Clue (Associate Design at Dallas Theater Center), Side by Side by Sondheim (Associate Design at RepSTL). Josh holds a BFA in Theatre Design & Technology from Baylor University and is a member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association. Josh hopes to be part of the next generation of theater educators, making the medium and field more accessible and equitable. joshuanguyen.net @jashngooyen

Levi Richey

Production Assistant

Levi Richey (He/Him) is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BFA in Musical Theatre. He most recently worked on the stage management team for SparkFest here at Amphibian. Some recent roles include: the Beadle in Sweeney Todd and the Emcee in Cabaret.

Production Assistant

Levi Richey

Levi Richey (He/Him) is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BFA in Musical Theatre. He most recently worked on the stage management team for SparkFest here at Amphibian. Some recent roles include: the Beadle in Sweeney Todd and the Emcee in Cabaret.

Paige Hathaway

Scenic Designer

Paige Hathaway is a freelance scenic designer based in the Washington, DC area. In the DC area, Paige has recently designed On the Far End and Jennifer Who is Leaving at Round House Theatre; The High Ground at Arena Stage, No Place to Go at Signature Theatre, Dance Nation at Olney Theatre Center, Gloria: A Life at Theater J, Bars and Measures at Mosaic Theatre, and Baskerville at Everyman Theatre. Regionally, Paige has recently designed A Distinct Society at Writer’s Theatre in Chicago, Much Ado About Nothing at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Mary Poppins at The Muny in St. Louis, and Fireflies at Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Theatre. Paige received her MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Maryland and her BFA in Scenic Design from the University of Oklahoma. She is a proud member of USA 829. Instagram: @paigehathawaydesign Website:  www.paigehathawaydesign.com

Scenic Designer

Paige Hathaway

Paige Hathaway is a freelance scenic designer based in the Washington, DC area. In the DC area, Paige has recently designed On the Far End and Jennifer Who is Leaving at Round House Theatre; The High Ground at Arena Stage, No Place to Go at Signature Theatre, Dance Nation at Olney Theatre Center, Gloria: A Life at Theater J, Bars and Measures at Mosaic Theatre, and Baskerville at Everyman Theatre. Regionally, Paige has recently designed A Distinct Society at Writer’s Theatre in Chicago, Much Ado About Nothing at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Mary Poppins at The Muny in St. Louis, and Fireflies at Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Theatre. Paige received her MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Maryland and her BFA in Scenic Design from the University of Oklahoma. She is a proud member of USA 829. Instagram: @paigehathawaydesign Website:  www.paigehathawaydesign.com

Aaron Patrick DeClerk

Costume Designer

Aaron Patrick DeClerk has an M.F.A. in Costume Design from The University of Oklahoma. He has designed over 180 productions and garnered critical praise and numerous awards for his work. He was named Best Costume Designer in the Dallas Observers’100 Most Influential People of Dallas, named an Artistic Associate for Trinity Shakespeare Festival, and works with students through Stage West’s Mentorship Program. Some of his work with Amphibian includes Below The Belt, Icarus, Miss Witherspoon, Every Child, The First Day of School, and King Liz. 

Costume Designer

Aaron Patrick DeClerk

Aaron Patrick DeClerk has an M.F.A. in Costume Design from The University of Oklahoma. He has designed over 180 productions and garnered critical praise and numerous awards for his work. He was named Best Costume Designer in the Dallas Observers’100 Most Influential People of Dallas, named an Artistic Associate for Trinity Shakespeare Festival, and works with students through Stage West’s Mentorship Program. Some of his work with Amphibian includes Below The Belt, Icarus, Miss Witherspoon, Every Child, The First Day of School, and King Liz. 

Haley Nelson

Dramaturg

Haley Nelson is originally from Northern California but has
called Dallas home for the past ten years. She has dramaturged new plays for Dallas
Theater Center, Cry Havoc, and Artstillery, among others. She was Manager of Literary
and Community Initiatives/2019-2021 National New Play Network Producer in Residence
at Kitchen Dog Theater, where she dramaturged the Rolling World Premiere production
of Audrey Cefaly’s Pulitzer-nominated play Alabaster and the world premiere of Jonathan
Norton’s a love offering. In addition to theatre, Haley’s work can be seen on the Lifetime
network’s #TextMeWhenYouGetHome (Season 2 to be released in August), and heard
on the Apple Original podcast Under Cover of Knight and Wondery’s Snatching Sinatra
hosted by John Stamos. She has received grants and awards from Actors Theatre of
Louisville, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Dallas Office of Arts &
Culture, and 100W Corsicana. Next up: Anne-Tig-Uh-Knee at Second Thought Theatre.
www.haleynelson.me

Dramaturg

Haley Nelson

Haley Nelson is originally from Northern California but has
called Dallas home for the past ten years. She has dramaturged new plays for Dallas
Theater Center, Cry Havoc, and Artstillery, among others. She was Manager of Literary
and Community Initiatives/2019-2021 National New Play Network Producer in Residence
at Kitchen Dog Theater, where she dramaturged the Rolling World Premiere production
of Audrey Cefaly’s Pulitzer-nominated play Alabaster and the world premiere of Jonathan
Norton’s a love offering. In addition to theatre, Haley’s work can be seen on the Lifetime
network’s #TextMeWhenYouGetHome (Season 2 to be released in August), and heard
on the Apple Original podcast Under Cover of Knight and Wondery’s Snatching Sinatra
hosted by John Stamos. She has received grants and awards from Actors Theatre of
Louisville, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Dallas Office of Arts &
Culture, and 100W Corsicana. Next up: Anne-Tig-Uh-Knee at Second Thought Theatre.
www.haleynelson.me

Luke Atkison

Lighting Designer

Luke Atkison is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, and a graduate of Texas Christian University here in Fort Worth. Atkison was previously the resident scenic, lighting, and projections designer for Titusville Playhouse in the Orlando, FL area, designing over 100 productions in his time there before moving back into freelance design across the country. Other companies on his resume include Stage West (Fort Worth, TX), Flat Rock Playhouse (Flat Rock, NC), Uptown Players (Dallas, TX), Watertower Theatre (Addison, TX), Theatre TCU (Fort Worth, TX), The Henegar Center (Melbourne, FL), and Tarrant County Colleges (Arlington, TX). Recent credits include Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical (Stage West/Uptown Players), Blood Knot (Flat Rock Playhouse), Kinky Boots (Titusville Playhouse), and What To Send Up When It Goes Down (Stage West). You may visit his website for his full resume and a portfolio of his work at lukeatkisondesign.com.

Lighting Designer

Luke Atkison

Luke Atkison is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, and a graduate of Texas Christian University here in Fort Worth. Atkison was previously the resident scenic, lighting, and projections designer for Titusville Playhouse in the Orlando, FL area, designing over 100 productions in his time there before moving back into freelance design across the country. Other companies on his resume include Stage West (Fort Worth, TX), Flat Rock Playhouse (Flat Rock, NC), Uptown Players (Dallas, TX), Watertower Theatre (Addison, TX), Theatre TCU (Fort Worth, TX), The Henegar Center (Melbourne, FL), and Tarrant County Colleges (Arlington, TX). Recent credits include Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical (Stage West/Uptown Players), Blood Knot (Flat Rock Playhouse), Kinky Boots (Titusville Playhouse), and What To Send Up When It Goes Down (Stage West). You may visit his website for his full resume and a portfolio of his work at lukeatkisondesign.com.

Patrick Emile

Sound Designer/Compoers

Patrick Emile  Dallas-Fort Worth: Carter Stubbs Takes Flight; Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins; Sandbox; BABA. New York: Happily Ever After; As We Lie Still; The Ballad Hunters. Audio: SPINES; The Griwwertones; The Canyon; The Disappearance Of Lottie Carmichael; Fairlandria. Awards and Associations: 2014 Frederick Loewe Award For Musical Theatre; 2023 Shorty Award; New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio; BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Sound Designer/Compoers

Patrick Emile

Patrick Emile  Dallas-Fort Worth: Carter Stubbs Takes Flight; Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins; Sandbox; BABA. New York: Happily Ever After; As We Lie Still; The Ballad Hunters. Audio: SPINES; The Griwwertones; The Canyon; The Disappearance Of Lottie Carmichael; Fairlandria. Awards and Associations: 2014 Frederick Loewe Award For Musical Theatre; 2023 Shorty Award; New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio; BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Bella Barnett

Resident Scenic Artist

Bella is a production designer, art director, prop builder, and scenic artist. She received her B.A. in technical theatre from West Texas A&M University. Bella now works as a freelancer in advertising, film, and theater. She worked recently as the production designer for 2022 Lone Star Film Festival official selection Pool Service and 2022 Micheaux Film Festival and 2022 National Black Film Festival official selection Blue Porcelain. Her work with Amphibian Stage includes the props design and scenic painting for The Hollow and Miss Molly along with scenic painting for Spaceman and Baba.

Resident Scenic Artist

Bella Barnett

Bella is a production designer, art director, prop builder, and scenic artist. She received her B.A. in technical theatre from West Texas A&M University. Bella now works as a freelancer in advertising, film, and theater. She worked recently as the production designer for 2022 Lone Star Film Festival official selection Pool Service and 2022 Micheaux Film Festival and 2022 National Black Film Festival official selection Blue Porcelain. Her work with Amphibian Stage includes the props design and scenic painting for The Hollow and Miss Molly along with scenic painting for Spaceman and Baba.

Nicole Alvarez

Wig Designer

Nicole Alvarez is a Dallas-based wig/hair/makeup & costume designer. Selected design credits include: Broadway: Fat Ham (Assistant Hair/Wig/Makeup Designer), Off-Broadway: Fat Ham (Assistant Hair/Wig/Makeup Designer, The Public), Regional: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Costume Designer, Theatre Three), Lucha Teotl (Costume Designer, Prism Movement Theater), Citrus (Associate Hair/Wig/Makeup Designer, Northern Stage), Real Women Have Curves (Hair/Wig/Makeup Designer, Dallas Theater Center), The Wolves (Hair/Wig/Makeup Designer, Dallas Theater Center), Electra (Associate Hair/Wig/Makeup Designer, Dallas Theater Center), Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Associate Hair/Wig/Makeup Designer, Dallas Theater Center) Lobster Alice (Costume Designer, Second Thought Theatre).

Wig Designer

Nicole Alvarez

Nicole Alvarez is a Dallas-based wig/hair/makeup & costume designer. Selected design credits include: Broadway: Fat Ham (Assistant Hair/Wig/Makeup Designer), Off-Broadway: Fat Ham (Assistant Hair/Wig/Makeup Designer, The Public), Regional: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Costume Designer, Theatre Three), Lucha Teotl (Costume Designer, Prism Movement Theater), Citrus (Associate Hair/Wig/Makeup Designer, Northern Stage), Real Women Have Curves (Hair/Wig/Makeup Designer, Dallas Theater Center), The Wolves (Hair/Wig/Makeup Designer, Dallas Theater Center), Electra (Associate Hair/Wig/Makeup Designer, Dallas Theater Center), Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Associate Hair/Wig/Makeup Designer, Dallas Theater Center) Lobster Alice (Costume Designer, Second Thought Theatre).

Kelsey Milbourn

Actor

Kelsey Milbourn (AEA) is a KS native and TCU graduate with a BFA in musical theatre and independent study in modern dance. Kelsey is adjunct faculty for the BFA theatre program at TCU and is an actor and dance/fight/intimacy choreographer in the DFW area as well as a stilts instructor for Amphibians Tadpoles for 4 years. Some of their recent acting and choreo work includes projects at Stage West, Circle Theatre, DTC, Undermain Theatre, Amphibian Stage Productions, WaterTower, Danspiek NYC, and Cape Fear Regional. They’ve been an artistic associate of the Trinity Shakespeare Festival for a decade and a proud recipient of the Tarrant County Theatre League award.

Actor

Kelsey Milbourn

Kelsey Milbourn (AEA) is a KS native and TCU graduate with a BFA in musical theatre and independent study in modern dance. Kelsey is adjunct faculty for the BFA theatre program at TCU and is an actor and dance/fight/intimacy choreographer in the DFW area as well as a stilts instructor for Amphibians Tadpoles for 4 years. Some of their recent acting and choreo work includes projects at Stage West, Circle Theatre, DTC, Undermain Theatre, Amphibian Stage Productions, WaterTower, Danspiek NYC, and Cape Fear Regional. They’ve been an artistic associate of the Trinity Shakespeare Festival for a decade and a proud recipient of the Tarrant County Theatre League award.

Jessica D. Turner

Dialect Coach

Jessica D. Turner is a professional actor and dialect/speech coach based out of Dallas. Jessica has coached a number of theater, TV, and film productions throughout DFW and has become one of the leading dialect coaches in the area for the “Western Dialect”. Throughout her coaching, she has helped a wide range of clients, including executives, scientists, motivational speakers, political candidates, ministers, actors, and opera singers strengthen their public speaking, performance skills and executive presence. Jessica is also a Dialect Reduction Coach as well as a Performance Coach for Jenni Steck Voice and Speech Services based in Dallas (www.jennisteck.com). In Dialect Reduction, she loves the work of helping people with English as a second language develop confidence through learning skills for clearer communication. Also, during the Covid-19 Pandemic, Jessica worked extensively as a video communications consultant helping organizations successfully pivot to an online presence. Jessica holds an MFA from American Conservatory Theater (ACT), a BFA from SMU and has been a member of Actor’s Equity Association for over 20 years. She is delighted to be working with Amphibian for the very first time!

Dialect Coach

Jessica D. Turner

Jessica D. Turner is a professional actor and dialect/speech coach based out of Dallas. Jessica has coached a number of theater, TV, and film productions throughout DFW and has become one of the leading dialect coaches in the area for the “Western Dialect”. Throughout her coaching, she has helped a wide range of clients, including executives, scientists, motivational speakers, political candidates, ministers, actors, and opera singers strengthen their public speaking, performance skills and executive presence. Jessica is also a Dialect Reduction Coach as well as a Performance Coach for Jenni Steck Voice and Speech Services based in Dallas (www.jennisteck.com). In Dialect Reduction, she loves the work of helping people with English as a second language develop confidence through learning skills for clearer communication. Also, during the Covid-19 Pandemic, Jessica worked extensively as a video communications consultant helping organizations successfully pivot to an online presence. Jessica holds an MFA from American Conservatory Theater (ACT), a BFA from SMU and has been a member of Actor’s Equity Association for over 20 years. She is delighted to be working with Amphibian for the very first time!

Johna Sewell

Costume Designer

Johna Sewell (they/them) is a local designer and artist. They recently served as Costume Designer for Cardinal Stage’s production of Hedwig and The Angry Inch in Bloomington, IN. The Hallow is their third production with Amphibian Stage. They served as Costume Designer for Hans & Sophie (2020) and Wardrobe Supervisor for Babette’s Feast (2019). Other Fort Worth credits include Costume Designer for The Distant Echo of Ancient Youth and Don Quixote (Hip Pocket Theatre) and Costume Designer for Murder For Two (Stage West). Outside of theatre, Johna also designs and creates custom costumes for Drag/Queer artists throughout the Midwest.

Costume Designer

Johna Sewell

Johna Sewell (they/them) is a local designer and artist. They recently served as Costume Designer for Cardinal Stage’s production of Hedwig and The Angry Inch in Bloomington, IN. The Hallow is their third production with Amphibian Stage. They served as Costume Designer for Hans & Sophie (2020) and Wardrobe Supervisor for Babette’s Feast (2019). Other Fort Worth credits include Costume Designer for The Distant Echo of Ancient Youth and Don Quixote (Hip Pocket Theatre) and Costume Designer for Murder For Two (Stage West). Outside of theatre, Johna also designs and creates custom costumes for Drag/Queer artists throughout the Midwest.

From the Playwright

2023

Spaceman

By Leegrid Stevens

FEBRUARY 10 – MARCH 5, Main Stage

Spaceman

By Leegrid Stevens

FEBRUARY 10 – MARCH 5, Main Stage

ADDED PERFORMANCE! Sunday, March 3rd at 6PM

 

SPACEMAN is a full-sensory, surround-sound expedition into outer space. Spaceman follows Molly Jennis’s solo mission to Mars after her husband’s failed, tragic attempt at the same journey. Aaron Grunfeld’s review of the original production at Loading Dock Theatre remarked that Spaceman “…is a masterpiece of science fiction..it imparts that classic sense of wonder, marveling at humanity’s potential and the courage that drives our endeavors. If it should come to your city, see it.”

This production will be the first since the world premiere at New York City’s Loading Dock Theatre in 2019. 

 

Amphibian Stage’s New Tiered Ticket Pricing Model

 

Tickets for this show range from $15-60, but YOU get to decide what you pay in an effort to make theatre more accessible for any budget. Read more about our tiered ticketing model here!

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A Note on Community Nights: The February 17th, February 24th, and March 3rd performances of Spaceman are open to the general public just like any other show. Only the pre-show and post-show events are specifically crafted for our Under 40, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ Communities.

What People are Saying…

Cast & Creatives

Cast
Creatives

Sarah Rutan

Actor

Actor

Sarah Rutan

Jeff Ararat

Actor

Actor

Jeff Ararat

Meagan Harris

Actor

Meagan Harris (She/Her/Hers) is delighted to be joining Spark Fest for her third year! She loves the opportunities Amphibian brings to playwrights to stage their works and expose audiences to new voices! She is proud to have earned her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Acting and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Art History from Southern Methodist University. She is also represented by the Mary Collins Agency for film and television. You may have seen her most recently at Amphibian understudying for the role of Molly in Spaceman. She’s also worked around town at Fair Assembly, the Undermain, Kitchen Dog Theatre, IMPRINT Theatreworks, Shakespeare Everywhere and Teatro Dallas as well as performing in her recently co-founded theatre company: Auriga Productions. Meagan would like to thank her family and friends for all their continued support of her work! Find more info about her at marycollins.com.

Actor

Meagan Harris

Meagan Harris (She/Her/Hers) is delighted to be joining Spark Fest for her third year! She loves the opportunities Amphibian brings to playwrights to stage their works and expose audiences to new voices! She is proud to have earned her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Acting and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Art History from Southern Methodist University. She is also represented by the Mary Collins Agency for film and television. You may have seen her most recently at Amphibian understudying for the role of Molly in Spaceman. She’s also worked around town at Fair Assembly, the Undermain, Kitchen Dog Theatre, IMPRINT Theatreworks, Shakespeare Everywhere and Teatro Dallas as well as performing in her recently co-founded theatre company: Auriga Productions. Meagan would like to thank her family and friends for all their continued support of her work! Find more info about her at marycollins.com.

Jay Duffer

Co-Artistic Director

Jay Duffer directed The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) for Amphibian both in 2014 and 2017, and Babbette’s Feast in 2019. He will direct Marie Antoinette in our 2022 season. Past Amphibian acting credits include Wittenberg, The Nosemaker’s Apprentice, The Mystery of Irma Vep and the workshop production of David Davalos’ Daedalus (Retitled A Lost Leonardo). He has professional acting and directing credits spanning several decades and has performed in theatres from Off-Broadway, to regional theatres, to productions overseas. Jay has been involved in new works and script development with Threads Theatre Company (serving as a Founding Member and the Executive Director of New Works), Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Source, Kaleidoscope Theatre Company, Fort Wayne Civic Theatre and Brooklyn based The Artful Conspirators. His play, Asleep in the Arms of God, received its world premiere in November 2017 at the Box Theatre in Riverside, CA produced by New Threads Productions (CA). His play, Big Girl, Little World premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. His latest play, naked, was included in Amphibian’s inaugural SPARKFEST in the summer of 2021. Prior to joining Amphibian as Managing Director, Jay was Associate Professor of Theatre and Department Chair at Huntington University in Indiana. At HU, he directed a wide variety of approximately 50 plays and musicals while heading the theatre program. Jay currently teaches Directing for the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas Arlington. He is a member of Actors Equity Association and is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Co-Artistic Director

Jay Duffer

Jay Duffer directed The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) for Amphibian both in 2014 and 2017, and Babbette’s Feast in 2019. He will direct Marie Antoinette in our 2022 season. Past Amphibian acting credits include Wittenberg, The Nosemaker’s Apprentice, The Mystery of Irma Vep and the workshop production of David Davalos’ Daedalus (Retitled A Lost Leonardo). He has professional acting and directing credits spanning several decades and has performed in theatres from Off-Broadway, to regional theatres, to productions overseas. Jay has been involved in new works and script development with Threads Theatre Company (serving as a Founding Member and the Executive Director of New Works), Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Source, Kaleidoscope Theatre Company, Fort Wayne Civic Theatre and Brooklyn based The Artful Conspirators. His play, Asleep in the Arms of God, received its world premiere in November 2017 at the Box Theatre in Riverside, CA produced by New Threads Productions (CA). His play, Big Girl, Little World premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. His latest play, naked, was included in Amphibian’s inaugural SPARKFEST in the summer of 2021. Prior to joining Amphibian as Managing Director, Jay was Associate Professor of Theatre and Department Chair at Huntington University in Indiana. At HU, he directed a wide variety of approximately 50 plays and musicals while heading the theatre program. Jay currently teaches Directing for the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas Arlington. He is a member of Actors Equity Association and is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Evan Michael Woods

Marketing Director

Evan is a Fort Worth-based actor, photographer, and designer. His work has been seen at the Dallas Theater Center, Second Thought Theatre, Undermain Theatre, Stage West Theatre, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Amphibian Stage, and more. Evan holds a BFA in Acting from Texas Christian University. Evan is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency.

Marketing Director

Evan Michael Woods

Evan is a Fort Worth-based actor, photographer, and designer. His work has been seen at the Dallas Theater Center, Second Thought Theatre, Undermain Theatre, Stage West Theatre, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Amphibian Stage, and more. Evan holds a BFA in Acting from Texas Christian University. Evan is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency.

Kaitlin Hatton

Stage Manager

Kaitlin Hatton is excited to be working with Amphibian Stage again! Recent stage management includes Handle with Care,  Between Riverside and Crazy, Witch, On The Exhale (Stage West), The Hollow, Egress, SparkFest, Hans & Sophie, She-Wolf, Gutenberg! The Musical!, Babette’s Feast, Lonely Planet, and Artist Descending A Staircase (Amphibian Stage ). Recent props designs include Marie Antoinette (Amphibian Stage), Fences, Young Frankenstein, An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf, The Glass Menagerie, The Last Wide Open, and One Man, Two Guvnors (Circle Theatre).  Kaitlin holds a BFA in Theatre -Design and Technology from Texas Wesleyan University and teaches Stage Management there. Kaitlin is a member of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology and Actors’ Equity Association, and received the 2019 Live Theatre League Bill Garber Young Artist Award.

Stage Manager

Kaitlin Hatton

Kaitlin Hatton is excited to be working with Amphibian Stage again! Recent stage management includes Handle with Care,  Between Riverside and Crazy, Witch, On The Exhale (Stage West), The Hollow, Egress, SparkFest, Hans & Sophie, She-Wolf, Gutenberg! The Musical!, Babette’s Feast, Lonely Planet, and Artist Descending A Staircase (Amphibian Stage ). Recent props designs include Marie Antoinette (Amphibian Stage), Fences, Young Frankenstein, An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf, The Glass Menagerie, The Last Wide Open, and One Man, Two Guvnors (Circle Theatre).  Kaitlin holds a BFA in Theatre -Design and Technology from Texas Wesleyan University and teaches Stage Management there. Kaitlin is a member of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology and Actors’ Equity Association, and received the 2019 Live Theatre League Bill Garber Young Artist Award.

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Baba

By Denmo Ibrahim | Directed by Hamid Dehghani

APRIL 21 – MAY 7, Main Stage

Baba

By Denmo Ibrahim | Directed by Hamid Dehghani

APRIL 21 – MAY 7, Main Stage

1982, Manhattan. Trapped in the absurd circus of the office of US Passport & Immigration, a desperate father pleads his case—a passport for his little girl—revealing the price he paid for the American Dream in the process. Thirty years later, his daughter Layla embarks on a journey halfway across the world in hopes of reclaiming the lost pieces of her culture, her father, and herself.

 

For fans of Everything Everywhere All At Once, The Farewell, Aftersun, and Undone.

 

“Baba is a beautifully tender story, which, paired with the director’s fantastical and colorful vision, promises to deliver an unforgettable night of theatre. Family meets fantasy, past meets present, an airport becomes a portal to another world. You’ll just have to see it for yourself.” – Kathleen Culebro, Artistic Director

 

Amphibian Stage’s New Tiered Ticket Pricing Model

Tickets for this show range from $15-60, but YOU get to decide what you pay in an effort to make theatre more accessible for any budget. Read more about our tiered ticketing model here!

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A Note on Community Nights: The April 28th and May 5th performances of Baba are open to the general public just like any other show. Only the pre-show and post-show events are specifically crafted for our Under 40 and LGBTQIA+ Communities.

Cast & Creatives

Cast
Creatives

Ahmad Kamal

Actor

Ahmad Kamal is an Egyptian actor based in the Washington DC area, where his regional theatre credits include Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Olney Theatre Center, among others. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Instagram: @king_o_egypt.

Actor

Ahmad Kamal

Ahmad Kamal is an Egyptian actor based in the Washington DC area, where his regional theatre credits include Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Olney Theatre Center, among others. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Instagram: @king_o_egypt.

Savannah Yasmine Elayyach

Actor

Actor

Savannah Yasmine Elayyach

Hamid Dehghani

Director

Hamid Dehghani is a director, playwright, and actor. Born and raised in Iran, he considers Buraki-ye Olya, a village in the south of Iran, his hometown. Hamid has received several awards as a director, playwright, and actor from international festivals in Iran. His directing highlights in Iran include two original scripts, From the Environs of Milad and Sohrab’s Transgression, Nathan and Tabileth by Barry Bermange, and Leila by Morteza Hossein Zadeh (co-directing). Hamid graduated from Tehran University of Art in Iran with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Directing and worked professionally in Tehran’s theatre scene for over 10 years before moving to the United States in 2018 to continue his education.

Since then, Hamid has directed A Moment of Silence by Mohammad Yaghoubi, Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph at Northwestern University. He also had the opportunity to work as an assistant director at the Metropolitan Opera, Court Theatre, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. During the 2020 pandemic when all theaters were closed, he co-founded Grass Studio Theatre and performed three collectively devised pieces – Picnic, Story in a Box, and Reportage of a Room – at various outdoor locations in Chicago. Hamid is the Artistic Fellow at Northlight Theatre and holds an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University.

Looking ahead to the 2024/2025 season, Hamid is excited to direct shows at Northlight Theatre, Goodman Theatre, and Guthrie Theater.

Director

Hamid Dehghani

Hamid Dehghani is a director, playwright, and actor. Born and raised in Iran, he considers Buraki-ye Olya, a village in the south of Iran, his hometown. Hamid has received several awards as a director, playwright, and actor from international festivals in Iran. His directing highlights in Iran include two original scripts, From the Environs of Milad and Sohrab’s Transgression, Nathan and Tabileth by Barry Bermange, and Leila by Morteza Hossein Zadeh (co-directing). Hamid graduated from Tehran University of Art in Iran with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Directing and worked professionally in Tehran’s theatre scene for over 10 years before moving to the United States in 2018 to continue his education.

Since then, Hamid has directed A Moment of Silence by Mohammad Yaghoubi, Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph at Northwestern University. He also had the opportunity to work as an assistant director at the Metropolitan Opera, Court Theatre, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. During the 2020 pandemic when all theaters were closed, he co-founded Grass Studio Theatre and performed three collectively devised pieces – Picnic, Story in a Box, and Reportage of a Room – at various outdoor locations in Chicago. Hamid is the Artistic Fellow at Northlight Theatre and holds an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University.

Looking ahead to the 2024/2025 season, Hamid is excited to direct shows at Northlight Theatre, Goodman Theatre, and Guthrie Theater.

Yoon Bae

Scenic Designer

Yoon is an award-winning scenic and costume designer working internationally, including London’s West End, Norway, South Korea, Japan, and the USA. Don Giovanni (Welsh National Opera), Candide (Tokyo), Disconnect (Winner Bay Area Theatre Critics Award), Closer (Seoul), Once on This Island (PTC), The Wolves (ATL), Oedipus El Rey (SDR), Once (PTC), The Great Gatsby (ATC), The Importance of Being Earnest (ATC), Emma, The Sunshine Boys, Evita, A Little Night Music, Putting It Together, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Magic Flute, Scapin, and Private Lives. London’s West End: Gone with the Wind, Birdsong, Skellig, Equus, Three Thousand Troubled Threads (Edinburgh International Festival), the world premiere productions of Caridad Svich’s Archipelago, Howard Barker’s Wounds to the Face, and Jeff Talbott’s The Messenger (PTC). She is Professor at UNCSA, an active diversity committee member, and a board member representative for USA Local 829 and Wingspace. www.yoonbae.com

Scenic Designer

Yoon Bae

Yoon is an award-winning scenic and costume designer working internationally, including London’s West End, Norway, South Korea, Japan, and the USA. Don Giovanni (Welsh National Opera), Candide (Tokyo), Disconnect (Winner Bay Area Theatre Critics Award), Closer (Seoul), Once on This Island (PTC), The Wolves (ATL), Oedipus El Rey (SDR), Once (PTC), The Great Gatsby (ATC), The Importance of Being Earnest (ATC), Emma, The Sunshine Boys, Evita, A Little Night Music, Putting It Together, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Magic Flute, Scapin, and Private Lives. London’s West End: Gone with the Wind, Birdsong, Skellig, Equus, Three Thousand Troubled Threads (Edinburgh International Festival), the world premiere productions of Caridad Svich’s Archipelago, Howard Barker’s Wounds to the Face, and Jeff Talbott’s The Messenger (PTC). She is Professor at UNCSA, an active diversity committee member, and a board member representative for USA Local 829 and Wingspace. www.yoonbae.com

From the Playwright

2023

Mr & Mrs Fitch

by Douglas Carter Beane

10 NOVEMBER – 23 DECEMBER 2013, Main Stage

Mr & Mrs Fitch

by Douglas Carter Beane

10 NOVEMBER – 23 DECEMBER 2013, Main Stage

Meet gossip columnists, Mr. and Mrs. Fitch. When the social circuit no longer provides juicy morsels, when the pressure to create news in our never-ending news cycle becomes just a bit much, it’s time to toss back the martinis, toss around the bon mots and realize that great celebrity can just appear out of thin air.

 

This wicked, urbane comedy is a scathing look at who is in, who is out, and who may not even exist at all.

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