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We’re always looking for talented, professional performers of all races, genders, and creeds to help us produce adventurous theatre. We work with both Equity and non-Equity actors, and we cast locally, as well as around the country. If you’re interested in performing on our stage, stay tuned to this page for audition opportunities.

Amphibian Stage is currently seeking actors for the production of: 

A LOST LEONARDO
by David Davalos
Director: Illana Stein
First rehearsal: September 19, 2017
Opening October 13, 2017
Closing November 5, 2017
The rehearsal schedule will be in the evening on weekdays and daytime on weekends. 
 
Auditions, rehearsals, and performances will be held at 
120 S Main St
Fort Worth, TX 76104
 
Auditions will be scheduled by appointment only on Sunday, April 30 from 5:00-10:00pm and Monday, May 1 from 12:00-8:00pm. Email Linsey Retcofsky at linsey@amphibianstage.com with the subject line YOUR FULL NAME A LOST LEONARDO and attach a resume and headshot to request an audition appointment. 
 
ROLES AVAILABLE
 
Leonardo da Vinci, the quintessential Renaissance man - an artist, inventor, engineer, visionary, etc., in his prime. Restlessly, tirelessly inquisitive about the workings of the natural world. Of his time and far ahead of it. 
 
Cesare Borgia, the Duke Valentino - son of the Pope and the model for Machiavelle's ideal (See Machiavelli's The Prince). Lusty, crafty, charismatic, dominating. Out to conquer the world, for starters. 
 
Gonzalo/Baldassare/Niccolo Machiavelli (Triple Cast)
Gonzalo, an honest counsellor - a good-hearted career court functionary in an extremely unstable job market
Baldassare, a courtier serving Isabella - painstaking, dedicated, learning his trade on his feet
Niccolo Machiavelli, a diplomat in the service of the Duke Valentio - sardonic, ironic, a keen observer of power and its uses. His morals are flexible; one might even call him "Machiavellian". 
 
Lodovico Sforza/Vitellozzo Vitelli (Double Cast)
Lodovico Sforza, the soon-to-be-ex Duke of Milan - a scheming nobleman whose house of cards is collapsing on top of him. Imposing but shifty, like an oversized ferret. 
Vitellozzo Vitelli, a nobleman general in the service of the Duke Valentino - gruff, direct, increasingly ambivalent about his employment.
 
Primavera/Lucrezia Borgia (Double Cast)
Primavera, a citizen of Urbino in the service of the Duke Valentino - a pulchritudinous peasant
Lucrezia Borgia, Cesare's sister - intelligent, steely but sensitive, she is stifled from expression of her gifts by the machinations of her family. A rare jewel in search of the proper setting. 20s. 
 
Cecilia Gallerani Bergamini/Isabella d'Este/Lisa di Tirisio (Triple Cast)
Cecilia Gallerani Bergamini, Lodovido's mistress, a lady with an ermine (See Leonardo's Lady with an Ermine)
Isabella d' Este, the Marchesa of Mantua - "The first lady of all the world" according to her contemporaries. Elegant, regal, passionate. Accustomed to getting her way. 
Lisa di Tirisio, an artist - brilliant, exquisite, imaginative, liberated; in short, everything Leonardo would be if he were a woman (see Leonardo's Mona Lisa). 
 
WHAT TO PREPARE
Sides will be sent upon confirmation of your audition appointment. 
 
ABOUT THE PLAY
 
After suffering a major artistic disappointment in Milan, Leonardo da Vinci renounces art and accepts an appointment to work as a military engineer for the ruthless leader of the Papal armies (an illegitimate son of the Pope) Cesare Borgia. 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 is a fictionalized account of the time in Leonardo's life when he was struggling with the question of his identity, and with the responsibility that creators bear to and for their creations. 
 
A staged reading of this play - under the title of Daedalus - was performed at Amphibian during the 2015 season. A Lost Leonardo is a brand new version of the original production. 
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
 
David Davalos was born in Auburn, Alabama in 1965. He grew up in San Antonio, Texas and attended college at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his BFA in Theatre in 1988. He subsequently enrolled in Ohio University's Professional Actor Training Program, where he received his MFA in Theatre 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 at the Cleveland Play House, Hamlet and Death of a Salesman at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and Seascape, Red Herring, and Rough Crossing at The Public Theatre in Lewiston, Maine, where he also directed Marvin's Room. Other directing credits include Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the University of Hartford, The Imaginary Cuckold at the Judith Anderson Theatre in NYC and Richard III at the Blue Room Theatre. He is a member of Actors' Equity. 
 
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
 
Illana Stein is originally from Fort Worth, Texas and thrilled to be back directing for Amphibian Stage Productions having formerly directed the reading of A Lost Leonardo (previously called Daedalus last December and Two Rooms by Lee Blessing in 2012. She is a NYC-based director whose credits include: Associate Director on Tamburlaine the Great directed by Michael Boyd, and Pericles directed by Trevor Nunn (Theatre for a New Audience). Associate Director: Fingersmith by Alexa Junge, directed by Bill Rauch (American Repertory Theatre). Assistant Director: Signature Theatre, Pearl Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company where she served as Assistant to the Artistic Director, assisted on over 20 plays, directed educational tours, and assisted with casting. NYC directing credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Queen's Players), Stop Kiss (Sanguine Theatre Company), Matthew Portraits (Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival), and EST/Youngblood/Bloodworks, Working Theater Director's Salon, New Dramatists, 4 years with Writopia Lab, and recipient of an Overall Excellence Award in Directing for or what she will (FringeNYC'12). She is in the directing company of New York Madness and a member of 2012 LCT Directors Lab. www.illanastein.com
 

Crew

Are you a theatre professional interested in working with us? We want to meet you! We accept applications from directors, designers, technicians, and other professionals year-round. To submit your interest in working with us email Linsey at linsey@amphibianstage.com.

Script Submissions

Amphibian Stage Productions accepts script submissions from Dramatist Guild members only between March 1 and June 1. Please click on the following link for guidelines and to submit your work:

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Internships

We have internship opportunities for college students available during the fall and spring semesters and during the summer. Interns are required to commit to 10-15 hours per week for a 16-week semester. Stipends are offered, as well as the opportunity for credit if your college approves.

We are currently looking for interns in the following areas:

  • PR/Marketing - available for Spring/Summer 2017 (with the potential opportunity to transition to a temporary full-time position during the summer)
  • Development - available for Spring/Summer 2017
  • Production - details coming soon

Click on the links for more details. If you have general questions, please email info@amphibianstage.com.

Volunteers

We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our dedicated volunteers. We are always looking for extra help around the theater whether it’s wrapping cookies, sending mailings, or working front of house at showtime, we need you! For more information email Kathleen at kathleen@amphibianstage.com.

Staff

There are no part-time or full-time staff positions available at this time. Check back periodically for new opportunities.