A Lost Leonardo Press Kit

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Playwright: David Davalos
Director: Illana Stein

Matthew Amendt – Leonardo
Jim Jorgensen – Cesare
Jenna Anderson – Lisa/Cecilia/Isabella
Patrick Bynane – Gonzalo/Machiavelli
Shawn Gann – Lodovico
Walter Kmiec – Vitelli
Kelsey Milbourn – Lucrezia/Angel-Hair


David Davalos | A Lost Leonardo | Amphibian Stage Productions

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Illana Stein | A Lost Leonardo | Amphibian Stage Productions

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Matthew Amendt | A Lost Leonardo | Amphibian Stage Productions

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Jim Jorgensen | A Lost Leonardo | Amphibian Stage Productions

Jim Jorgensen – download high resolution photo (photo credit: Vanessa Vaughn)


Jenna Anderson | A Lost Leonardo | Amphibian Stage Productions

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Patrick Bynane | A Lost Leonardo | Amphibian Stage Productions

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Shawn Gann | A Lost Leonardo | Amphibian Stage Productions

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Walter Kmiec | A Lost Leonardo | Amphibian Stage Productions

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Kelsey Milbourn | A Lost Leonardo | Amphibian Stage Productions

Kelsey Milbourn – download high resolution photo (photo credit: Justin Isaac)




David Davalos received his BFA in Theatre from the University of Texas and then his MFA from Ohio University in 1991. Shortly thereafter, he moved to New York City, where he spent the next 15 years working as an actor, director and writer before relocating to Colorado with his wife Elaine and daughter Delphi.

As an actor, his credits include Master Harold…and the Boys (Cleveland Play House); Hamlet and Death of a Salesman (Utah Shakespearean Festival); and Seascape, Red Herring, and Rough Crossing (The Public Theatre in Lewiston, Maine). His directing credits include Marvin's Room (The Public Theatre in Lewiston, Maine); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (University of Hartford); The Imaginary Cuckold (Judith Anderson Theatre in NYC); and Richard III (Blue Room Theatre).

His play Wittenberg received the Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play and the National Theatre Conference’s Stavis Playwriting Award. Published in both the U.S. and U.K., Wittenberg has been performed off-Broadway and across America (including here at Amphibian in 2011), as well as internationally in England, Canada and Australia. The German translation has been staged in Berlin, Hamburg and Innsbruck.


A freelance theatre director based in New York City, Illana Stein is originally from Fort Worth and thrilled to be back at Amphibian, having previously directed readings of Two Rooms by Lee Blessing and Daedalus (now known as A Lost Leonardo). Her Off-Broadway NYC credits include Theatre for a New Audience: Associate Director on (NY Times Critics' Pick) Tamburlaine the Great directed by 4-time Olivier winning director, Michael Boyd, as well as Pericles directed by Trevor Nunn.

As an assistant director she has worked at Signature Theatre and Pearl Theatre Company. Other NYC directing credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream (Queens’ Players); Stop Kiss (Sanguine Theatre Company); The Matthew Portraits & No Stranger There (Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival); and staged readings at New Dramatists, EST Youngblood/Bloodworks, and Hunter’s MFA new play reading festival. She has directed for Long Island University, Post Theatre Company, and in the summer lab at NYU Gallatin School.

Regionally, she has assisted all over the country including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and 3 years as Assistant to the Artistic Director at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company where she worked on over 20 classics, directed educational tours, and helped with casting.

Most recently she was Associate Director on Fingersmith by Alexa Junge, directed by Bill Rauch, at American Repertory Theater. Illana was selected as a director for the Actor Director Lab 2017 at Theatre for a New Audience as well as an invited participant in workshops for the Old Vic New Voices in NY. She was a member of the 2012 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, in the directing company of New York Madness, and recipient of an Overall Excellence Award in directing for or what she will at the New York International Fringe Festival (2012). More information can be found at www.illanastein.com


Matthew Amendt has performed in New York City with Off-Broadway credits that include Coriolanus, ‘Tis Pity She's a Whore (Red Bull); Tamburlaine parts 1 and 2, Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre for a New Audience); the title role in Henry V (The Acting Company/Guthrie at the New Victory Theater); and The Subject Was RosesThe Misanthrope (Pearl Theatre). Matthew appeared at the Guthrie Theater in 12 productions from 2003-13, including the world premiere of The Great Gatsby, Henry V, and Peer Gynt with Mark Rylance. 

His work has been seen regionally at Shakespeare Theatre Co. as Prince Hal alongside Stacy Keach, La Jolla Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, Arden Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, Chautauqua, Great River Shakespeare, and others. He is a 2000 Presidential Scholar in the Arts, has a BFA in Acting from the Guthrie/U of M, is an Ivey Award winner for writing/performing in The Comedian's Tragedy, and received the Emery Battis Award for Acting from the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC.


Jim Jorgensen received an MFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University. Recently relocated to Dallas, Jim lived and worked in the Washington DC area for the last 16 years. He is glad to be back at Amphibian Stage productions and was last seen here as Gene in Northside Hollow. This past summer he played the title character in Quixote at Shakespeare Dallas.  

Some of Jim’s Washington DC credits include: Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Edge of the Universe Players II); Tartuffe U/S, Tempest U/S Appeared (Shakespeare Theatre); Hamlet (Taffety Punk); 36 Views, Gilgamesh, Zorro, On the Razzle, Ramayana (Constellation Theatre); The Pillowman, Angels in America I & II, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Mad Forest (Forum Theatre); Born Guilty, Our Suburb (Theatre J); Night and Day, Royal Hunt of the Sun, The Bacchae, Lady Chatterley's Lover (WSC Avant Bard); Much Ado About Nothing (Folger Theatre); Buried Child (Keegan Theatre); A Clockwork Orange, Hedda Gabler (Scena Theatre); and Fit to be Tied, Betrayal (Fountainhead Theatre). For more information visit www.jimjorgensen.net


Jenna Anderson is proud to be making her Amphibian Stage debut. Since earning her BFA in Theatre Performance from The University of Evansville, she has frequently appeared at Theatre Three, credits including Chicklet in Psycho Beach Party, Petite in the world premiere of Neil Tucker's Oil, Clarice in The Liar, Izzy in Seminar, and Diana Fletcher in Less Than Kind. She has also been seen at Theatre Arlington as Tansy in The Nerd and was awarded a "Stony" for her portrayal of Gretchen in Boeing Boeing.


Patrick Bynane is an associate professor of drama and Director of the Theatre Program at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX.  Originally from Cleveland, OH, Patrick received his Ph.D. in Theatre History/Criticism from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.  He has also worked as an actor, director and teacher at various theaters and universities in Ohio, North Carolina, Missouri, Louisiana, New York and Texas.  

He has appeared with Amphibian Stage Productions in First Day of School and Isaac's Eye as well as in a number of staged readings including Daedalus. He has also appeared in Who Am I This Time and Other Conundrums of Love (Circle Theatre); Jonah (Undermain Theatre); and Stones in His Pockets, What the Butler Saw (Stage West). 


Shawn Gann is pleased to be making his Amphibian Stage Productions debut. He was last seen as Charlie Brown in Resolute Theatre Project’s production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Recently, he appeared in the world premiere of Quixote by Octavio Solis (Shakespeare Dallas); Peter and the Starcatcher (The Firehouse Theatre); and The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Tempest (Shakespeare in the Bar). Also, he was a frequent performer in The Mankoff Family Foundation and ATTPAC’s unabridged staged readings of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare which just ended its 5-year run. All love to his beautiful wife and their ever growing army of Chihuahuas. For more information visit www.the-gann.com


Walter Kmiec recently finished a two year term as the artistic director for Endstation Theatre Company, of which he is a founding member. Before serving in that role, he appeared in numerous Endstation productions, including the titular characters in Hamlet and Macbeth, as well as Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew, and Sam Byck in Assassins. He also directed productions of Much Ado About Nothing, Cymbeline, The Complete History of America (Abridged), and the world premieres of In Sweet Remembrance by Tearrance Chisholm, Counter/Top by Kirin McCrory, and The Two Gentlemen of Virginia, a Shakespeare adaptation that he co-wrote with Jude Flannelly.  

Other performance credits include Horatio in Hamlet, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Nathaniel Hawthorne in Charm, and Mr. Bingley in Pride and Prejudice (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre). He holds an MFA in Directing from Florida State University and lives in McKinney, TX with his wife Jeanne and their daughter Australia (Ozzie for short!). 


Kelsey Milbourn is a native of Overland Park KS and a graduate from TCU with a BFA in musical theatre and independent study in modern dance. She teaches a variety of dance classes for the BFA theatre program at TCU and is a professional choreographer in the area.

Some of her recent work includes fight choreo in Miller Mississippi (Dallas Theater Center); 10 Out of 12, Jonah (Undermain Theatre); choreo in Royal Society of Antarctica, Assistant Director on DeerStupid F*cking Bird, Bad Jews, The Rivals (Stage West); Clever Little Lies, Fellowship! (Circle Theatre); Crossing the Line, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, Time Stands Still (Amphibian Stage Productions); Nudis Animus (Danspiek NYC); and Cats (Casa Mañana). Kelsey has been a member of the Trinity Shakespeare Festival since its beginning, having appeared in Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, As You Like It, Merchant of Venice, Merry Wives of Windsor, Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, Love's Labour's Lost, King Lear, Measure for Measure, Richard III, Midsummer Night's Dream, and Winter's Tale.



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Amphibian Stage Productions Announces A Lost Leonardo
Award-Winning Playwright David Davalos Brings DaVinci to Life in a Scintillating Comedy

Fort Worth, TX  (September 12, 2017)— Following an acclaimed staged reading at Amphibian Stage Productions in 2015 under the title Daedalus, A Lost Leonardo returns in this all new, fully-realized production. This final main stage play of the 2017 season features Matthew Amendt, Jenna Anderson, and Jim Jorgensen. Amendt, starring as Leonardo, has previous acting credits in Off-Broadway productions in New York City. The production runs Friday, October 13 through Sunday, November 5 at the Berlene T. and Jarrell R. Milburn Theatre at Amphibian.

“I knew within the first ten pages of reading the script that this was a project I wanted Amphibian to be a part of. Under the expert guidance of director Illana Stein and dramaturg Kate Farrington, I believe A Lost Leonardo will garner as much or more acclaim as David Davalos’ earlier play, Wittenberg. I can’t wait for North Texas to see this exciting play and the visually enthralling world we are creating,” said Kathleen Culebro, Artistic Director of Amphibian Stage Productions.

David Davalos’ play Wittenberg received the Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play and the National Theatre Conference’s Stavis Playwriting Award. Published in both the U.S. and U.K., Wittenberg has been performed off-Broadway and across America (including here at Amphibian in 2011), as well as internationally in England, Canada and Australia. The German translation has been staged in Berlin, Hamburg and Innsbruck.

Now based in New York City, Illana Stein is originally from Fort Worth and thrilled to be back at Amphibian, having previously directed readings of Two Rooms by Lee Blessing and Daedalus (now known as A Lost Leonardo). Illana’s Off-Broadway credits include Associate Director at Theatre for a New Audience on Tamburlaine the Great (NY Times Critics' Pick), as well as Pericles.

Tickets to A Lost Leonardo are $33, with discounts available for seniors, students, members of the theatre community, and groups of 10 or more. Amphibian is offering a $25 special for General Admission tickets purchased prior to October 12. To purchase tickets, call 817-923-3012, email boxoffice@amphibianstage.com, or visit www.amphibianstage.com. The theater is located at 120 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104.

Performances Thursday through Saturday are at 8pm, and Sunday matinees are at 2pm. Friday, October 13 is a private opening night for Amphibian's Devonian members and press and is available by invitation or with the purchase of a $100 ticket. Saturday, October 14 is the members’ cast party night and is available to non-members with the purchase of a $50 ticket. (Discounts do not apply to these dates.)

Pay-what-you-wish tickets are available at the door for the final dress rehearsals on Wednesday, October 11 and Thursday, October 12. Dress rehearsals are open to the public; seating is limited and will be first come, first served.

About A Lost Leonardo

His artistic career is in ruins, and Leonardo da Vinci is renouncing his fickle Muse for good. Taking a "vow of utility," he turns to scientific exploration and accepts an appointment with Cesare Borgia, the powerful and ruthless leader. Together they will build technological wonders to change the world. But the catastrophic potential of Leonardo's creation may be more than he could have foreseen. After a brief time with Borgia, he realizes the job is not what he expected, and he returns to art to create his masterpiece, the Mona Lisa.

A Lost Leonardo imagines da Vinci in turmoil, torn between two identities and two passions. In this scintillating depiction of da Vinci at his funniest, award-winning playwright David Davalos asks what price we're willing to pay for the pursuit of knowledge.

A Lost Leonardo Cast:
Matthew Amendt, Leonardo
Jim Jorgensen, Cesare
Jenna Anderson, Lisa/Cecilia/Isabella
Patrick Bynane, Gonzalo/Machiavelli
Shawn Gann, Lodovico
Walter Kmiec, Vitelli
Kelsey Milbourn, Lucrezia/Angel-Hair

About Amphibian Stage Productions
Amphibian Stage Productions 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 theatre that inspires new ideas, opens new doors, and increases our understanding of the vast world around us. Now in its eighteenth season, Amphibian has produced numerous groundbreaking and challenging plays (some regional premieres, others U.S. or world premieres) that foster a deeper understanding of ourselves as members of the global community. The company is widely recognized for its 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, that is steadily increasing the company’s visibility and following. The group travels to schools and community centers, performing and spreading a message of multicultural collaboration and tolerance. 
Amphibian is generously funded by the American Theatre Wing, Amon G. Carter Foundation, Ann L. and Carol Greene Rhodes Charitable Trust, Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Dramatists Guild Fund, Fifth Avenue Foundation, Fort Worth Promotion and Development Fund, Mary Potishman Lard Trust, Pangburn Foundation, Thomas M., Helen McKee & John P. Ryan Foundation, Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Shubert Foundation, Smallwood Foundation, Southwest Bank, Texas Commission on the Arts, Wells Fargo Bank, William E. Scott Foundation, and the Devonian Society, a group of Amphibian’s devoted donors who are proud to be the force behind nurturing the next generation of artists and audiences.