WHO WE ARE

Amphibian Stage is a family of artists, patrons, and business partners who believe that the arts strengthen communities.

Amphibian’s mission is to produce innovative and engaging theater that inspires new ideas, opens new doors, and increases our understanding of the vast world around us.

 

What They’re Saying

Our Values

We value storytelling as a catalyst for empathy, self-knowledge, and deeper thought.

We value the risks we are willing to take to breathe life into these stories.

We value our audience for their openness to be moved and changed by theater.

Our History

Amphibian Stage is a non-profit theatre company founded in 2000 by three alumni of TCU’s Department of Theatre who strive to produce innovative and engaging theater that inspires new ideas, opens new doors, and increases our understanding of the vast world around us. Now in our twenty-first season, we have produced numerous groundbreaking and challenging plays (some regional premieres, others US or world premieres) that foster a deeper understanding of ourselves as members of the global community. Our company is widely recognized for producing stylistically and thematically varied scripts.

 

Committed to nurturing young and diverse audiences, Amphibian has developed a strong internship program and a dynamic outreach project, Tad-Poles. The group of talented stilt dancers travels to schools and community centers, performing and spreading a message of multicultural collaboration and tolerance. In 2018, in collaboration with Stephan Wolfert, Amphibian Stage launched our ongoing De-Cruit classes for veterans. Using Shakespeare, these classes help veterans process their military experiences and reconnect to the community.

Amphian Stage Team

Meet the people behind Amphibian Stage.

Leadership
Staff

Executive Artistic Director

Kathleen Culebro

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Executive 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.

Managing Director

Jay Duffer

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Managing 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.

Development & Community Outreach Manager

Ayesha Ganguly

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Development & Community Outreach Manager

Ayesha Ganguly

Ayesha’s love for theater began in the bustling city of Mumbai, India, where she performed street theater for HIV/AIDS awareness and experienced the art form’s transformational power. Many evenings were spent lining up for student passes, leaning against back walls to watch established theater activists perform. The intersection of arts, social justice and community engagement excites her.

 

Ayesha’s expertise is in nurturing inclusive and empathetic community connections. Across several metropolitan cities like Mumbai, New York, Houston and more recently in Fort Worth, she has designed, led and supported programs at established organizations serving diverse populations. Some of these role have been with South Asian Youth Action, Girls Scouts of San Jacinto Council, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston, Greater Houston Partnership, Center for the Healing of Racism, Leadership Fort Worth, Multicultural Alliance, Refugee Services of Texas, World Bank- Mumbai Youth Initiative, British Council- Beyond Borders program, Lily Foundation, DNAWORKS among others.

Technical Director

Jeff Stanfield

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Technical Director

Jeff Stanfield

Jeff Stanfield is a graduate of Texas Christian University. After spending eight and a half seasons with Dallas Children’s Theater, he is pleased to have returned to Fort Worth with Amphibian Stage. You may have seen him on stage under the open Texas sky at the Hip Pocket Theatre in such productions as Love Letters to a Raven, Loop the Loop, In Watermelon Sugar, The Lake Worth Monster and Don Quixote.

Marketing Manager

Evan Michael Woods

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Marketing Manager

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.

Patron Experience Manager

Roger Calderon

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Patron Experience Manager

Roger Calderon

Roger Calderon recently moved back to the Dallas/Fort Worth area after spending 19 years in New York City. He spent four years as the Director of Special Events for The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center (The Center) in Manhattan. In this role he coordinated and executed The Center’s major fundraisers. Prior to working at The Center, he was also the Director of Special Events at the Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights and advocacy group.

Prior to his work in the LGBTQ+ non-profit world, Roger worked extensively in New York’s theatrical industry. He has served as the Events Manager of The Drama League (producing benefits honoring Broadway luminaries such as Angela Lansbury and Patti LuPone), as a house manager for the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Laura Pels Theatre and supervised The Broadway League’s Broadway Ticket Center in Times Square.

He is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College where he graduated with a degree in Theater Arts Performance and Arts Management.

Bookkeeper, DBBC LLC

Earl Griggs

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Bookkeeper, DBBC LLC

Earl Griggs

Tad-Poles Program Coordinator/Instructor

Andrea Ballard

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Tad-Poles Program Coordinator/Instructor

Andrea Ballard

Growing up in the arts community in Fort Worth, Andrea has been dancing since she could walk. As a child she begged for stilts for Christmas which she then proceeded to take to school for recess so she could teach her friends how to “Walk Tall”.  Who knew that as an adult she’d find the Tad-Poles and Amphibian Stage Productions who shared her passions.  A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Andrea can also be found teaching class at Fort Worth Jazzercise and working as a Travel Advisor for Sanders Travel Centre.

Andrea’s desire is to create life changing experiences that will expose others to the larger world around them.

Her wish is that these experiences will foster learning, relationships, and understanding that will last a lifetime and eventually change the world. A person’s empathy grows as their world expands and they truly get to know another person, culture or place that is different than their own.

Comedy Coordinator

Paulos Feerow

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Comedy Coordinator

Paulos Feerow

Sound Designer

David Lanza

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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

Director

Jonathan Fielding

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Director

Jonathan Fielding

Jonathan was born and raised in Fort Worth, TX. He went to TCU for his undergraduate degree. He has worked as a performer on many Amphibian shows including: Vigil, La Llorona, Below the Belt, and Leonce and Lena as well as the 2003 national premiere of The True History of…Julia Pastrana… Jonathan’s directing credits for Amphibian include Northside Hollow, Artist Descending a Staircase, and The True History of…Julia Pastrana, remounted in 2012. Broadway credits include The Play that Goes Wrong (also National Tour), Noises Off, Pygmalion with Roundabout Theatre Company, and The Seagull at the Walter Kerr. Jonathan has worked regionally at The Old Globe, Ford’s Theater, Penguin Rep, and the Harbor Stage Company: a company he helped found in 2012. On television he has appeared on “Law and Order: SVU” (NBC), “Castle Rock” (Hulu) and “Gotham” (FOX). He holds his his Masters Degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Artistic Associate

Carman Lacivita

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Artistic Associate

Carman Lacivita

De-Cruit Instructor & Actor

Mitchell Stephens

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De-Cruit Instructor & Actor

Mitchell Stephens

Mitchell Stephens is an actor, choreographer and movement artist based in DFW. Mitchell is happy to be back at Amphibian after working on She Wolf, Cyrano, Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins. Mitchell’s work spans the country and all over the metroplex. Recent Credits include Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, The Great Distance Home, Silent Sky, Lord of the Flies (WaterTower Theatre), Reykjavík (Kitchen Dog Theatre) La Maupin: The French Abomination, Everything will be Fine (Prism Movement Theatre). Mitchell is a proud facilitator for De-Cruit, using Shakespeare to treat Post Traumatic Stress and specializes in incarcerated veterans with Amphibian.

De-Cruit Founder & Actor

Stephan Wolfert

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De-Cruit Founder & Actor

Stephan Wolfert

Actor/Writer/Director; AEA/SAG member; U.S. Army ’86-’93 – Medic and Infantry Officer. Stephan left a career in the military for a life in the theatre after seeing a production of Shakespeare’s Richard III. Stephan received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Trinity Rep Conservatory. Stephan created the military segments for Twyla Tharp and Billy Joel’s Tony Award-winning Movin’ Out.

Stephan is the founder of DE-CRUIT, a program he designed after examining Shakespeare from a military veteran’s perspective, working with fellow military veterans and scientists, and using Shakespeare’s text and classical actor training to heal trauma. For his work with DE-CRUIT he is the recipient of the Aaron Stein Award presented by The American Group Psychotherapy Association, the Max Gabriel Memorial Award presented by National Alliance for Mental Illness, Berkshire Theater Awards for his one-man play Cry Havoc! among many others.

Stephan is the Head of Outreach at Bedlam Theater NYC, and an advisory member of PACH, Project for the Advancement of our Common Humanity at NYU.

Who does the fabulous artwork?

Alfalfa Studios

To be human is to tell stories. Since 2004, Alfalfa Studios has been creating truly inspiring work for brands in sports, culture, and entertainment.

 

Their philosophy? Make the idea clear and simple, the design surprising and beautiful.

 

Whether they seek to inspire the fans and players of a professional sports team with a new brand identity, or to celebrate the entertainment industry in New York City with an iconic logo for the Mayor’s Office, their design works as visual storytelling that is:

 

  • Accessible, not esoteric
  • Full of feeling, not sterile
  • Passionate about life, not detached