Staff and Board
Kathleen Culebro is the Founding Artistic Director of Amphibian Stage Productions. Since 2000 she has produced over 50 plays in Fort Worth and New York--most world, US, or regional premieres. Under her direction Amphibian has grown to be a regional theatre whose reputation for excellence allows the company to draw from the finest talent in the United States and beyond. Kathleen considers herself primarily a playwright and is the author of La Llorona, which premiered off-Broadway at the Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row in a production by Stageplays Theatre Company in 2007. A Leopard Complains of Its Spots premiered at the Pantheon Theatre on 42nd Street in New York in 2001. Other work includes France From a Roman Hill, Just Because You’re Paranoid Doesn’t Mean They’re Not Out to Get You, and Vincent. Kathleen has taught Screenwriting at Texas Christian University and serves on the board of directors of many organizations in Fort Worth, including Trinity Shakespeare Festival, and Fort Worth South.
With over thirty years of experience, Phyllis has spent most of her professional career working in finance with private and public companies all over the southwest. Before relocating to DFW in 2011 she worked with two Certified Public Accountant firms in Mesa, Arizona and a non-profit organization in Chandler, Arizona for twelve years. Since her move, she maintains her positions as a senior accountant for those companies via telecommuting. Her first position with a theater company, Phyllis joined the staff of Amphibian in October 2013. Since starting with Amphibian, she implemented a new financial statement structure that has improved the efficiency in management of accounts. When she’s not crunching numbers Phyllis enjoys quilting, cooking, and supporting her daughter’s career in the performing arts.
Linsey received her B.A. in Drama from Lee University in Cleveland, TN where she studied playwriting and directing. In 2010, she moved back to Fort Worth to attend graduate school in the Drama program at Texas Woman’s University. In 2011, Linsey traveled with Texas Woman’s University to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as the stage manager for The Panther’s Scream and other Texas Tales. Her master’s thesis The Impossible Dramaturgy of Genocide: Erik Ehn in Theory and Performance focused on playwright Erik Ehn’s cycle of genocide plays from the perspective of her work as stage manager for his play Diamond Dick: The Tulsa Race Riots of 1921.This project was produced by Project X: Theatre in Dallas and performed as part of Soulographie: our genocides, a festival of Ehn’s genocide plays produced at La Mama ETC in New York City in November 2012. Linsey is thrilled to be working with Amphibian Stage Productions where she is able to share her passion for theater with the Fort Worth community. Some of her favorite Amphibian productions include Animals Out of Paper, Wittenberg, The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World, and Fiction.
Internationally trained stilt performer and instructor, Natalie Chapa began her role as Company and Education Manager with Amphibian in 2011. In 2012 Natalie traveled to Mexico City to study stilt performance with the renowned Pro-Alterne Teatro, a theatre company that teaches at-risk youth in impoverished villages outside of Mexico City. Seeing the potential for an exciting partnership with Amphibian's education outreach program, Natalie invited the artists of Pro-Alterne Teatro for a two week tour to the schools, community centers and arts venues in Fort Worth and Dallas. Under her coordination, Amphibian hosted three international artists in November 2013 who performed for Fort Worth ISD elementary and middle schools, at Fort Worth South Inc.'s Open Streets, Mayor Betsy Price's Fit15, the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. In 2013 Natalie continued her annual visits to Mexico City for intensive performance training and completed an additional workshop with Mr. Lievanos upon his visit to Fort Worth. In January 2013, Ms. Chapa initiated a series of weekly stilting classes for underprivileged youth who live in Fort Worth's Near Southside. Through the offering of this class she formed a unique relationship with the Presbyterian Night Shelter, just a few blocks from Amphibian, and secured free classes for 4 homeless children each week. In addition to her stilt training, Ms. Chapa also regularly studies Mexican and African music traditions with Sinuhe Padilla-Isunza, an ethnomusicologist from Mexico. Prior to her work with Amphibian, Natalie worked in arts administration for the companies School of Rock in Denton, TX and Fort Worth's children's theater company Kids Who Care. Natalie also works as Company Manager, overseeing many of Amphibian's systems and operations. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from University of North Texas in 2009.
Vanessa received her BA in Theatre Studies and Arts Administration from Emerson College. She has worked in LA, San Francisco, New York and Miami on such projects as The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Red Bull Flugtag, New York Fashion Week and the San Francisco International Film Festival. Vanessa has also served as a director and coordinator for several children's theatre companies nationwide. She is a founding member of Plaid with a Purpose, a movement that connects professionals in the industry with arts education programs in need. Vanessa is a Fort Worth native and is thrilled to be a member of the Amphibian family.
Scott Zenreich is an actor and director living in Dallas. He has worked locally at Amphibian Stage Productions, Casa Manana, Dallas Children's Theater, Wishing Star Productions, WaterTower Theater, and Texas Shakespeare Festival. National regional work includes the Growing Stage, New Century Theater, Mill Mountain Theater, the Majestic Theater, and Olney Theater Center. He is an alumnus of Director's Lab West (Pasadena Playhouse) and DirectorsLabChicago. He earned a BFA in musical theatre from Emerson College and is a member of Actors Equity Association.
Carman Lacivita can currently be seen as Malcolm in Macbeth and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dreamin The New Book Press Inc.’s digital movie books available on ITunes. Recently, Carman Guest Starred on CBS’ Golden Boy and on the NBC hit children’s show, The Chica Show. He was recently seen as Jake in The Understudy with Amphibian Stage Productions. Other credits includeThe Witch of Edmonton, andLorenzaccio with Red Bull Theater,George is Dead (w/Marlo Thomas) written and directed by Elaine May at The George St. Playhouse. He played Valvert in Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway opposite Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner directed by David Leveaux. Off Broadway he was seen as Henry 6th in Rose Rage; Henry the 6th Pts. 1, 2, 3 (Bayfield Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Shakespeare in NYC, Jeff Award, Drama League Nomination), dir. by Edward Hall. Carman has played at The Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab, The Public Theater, The Pearl, Theater for a New Audience, Primary Stages, The Mint, The Drama League, and Ars Nova. International and Regional productions include Bermuda Arts Festival, Arizona Theater Company, George St. Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare, Long Wharf, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Crossroads, Stage West, Ft. Worth, Dallas, and Kentucky Shakespeare Festivals. TV and Film credits include work on Golden Boy, Royal Pains, The Chica Show, Modern Love (pilot), Marino’s (pilot), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, andCyrano de Bergerac (PBS Great Performances). Carman has an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and a BFA from Texas Christian University and is a founding member and Artistic Associate of Amphibian Stage Productions, where he has performed in productions includingBurn This, Three Days of Rain, Leonce and Lena, Icarus, Fully Committed & Lonely Planet. In addition to performing Carman is a Teaching Artist with The Broadway Experience and is an Acting Coach, Fight Choreographer and Tennis Pro. www.carmanlacivita.com
Jonathan is grateful to have performed in several works with Amphibian Stage Productions, including Vigil, La Llorona, Below the Belt (Fort Worth Weekly Critics Pick, Best Ensemble), Leonce and Lena, and The True History of Julia Pastrana... Broadway: Pygmalion (Roundabout Theatre Company) and The Seagull(Walter Kerr Theater). New York: Greetings! (Penguin Rep),Kicker (Triptych Theatre), Love Song (59 E59), The True History of Julia Pastrana..., Leonce and Lena (Amphibian), Double Negative, and This Lurking Thing (Dixon Place). Other Texas: Lincolnesque (Circle Theater), A Christmas Carol, Romeo and Juliet (KWC). Other theaters he’s worked at include Ford’s Theater in Washington DC, American Stage in St. Petersburg, Florida, Milesquare Theater, The Public Theatre of Maine. TV: Admiral Rickover: Father of Nuclear Power (PBS), All My Children, Guiding Light. Jonathan is also a founding member of the Harbor Stage Company in Wellfleet, Ma. He holds an MFA from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts and is a proud member of AEA and AFTRA.
Chad R. Jung has designed more than 100 productions for theatre, opera, and dance. Off-Broadway:Leonce & Lena; NY Credits: Julia Pastrana at Greenwich St. Theater,A Leopard Complains of Its Spots at Pantheon Theater; International:The Bear at the Festival of Russian Drama in Togliatti , Russia . Chad has worked with many companies including: Ballet Austin, Bruce Wood, Caroline Calouche, Casa Mañana, Dallas Opera, FW Symphony Orchestra, Opera Pacific, Metropolitan Classical Ballet, and UNT Opera. In addition to being the Resident Lighting Designer for Kids Who Care and Amphibian Stage Productions, Chad R. Jung is the Lighting Director for Fort Worth Opera.
Board of Directors
- Jeff Davis, chair
- David Fielding, secretary
- Dan Barrett
- Kay Bolz
- Tina Gorski
- Cynthia Hodgkins, treasurer
- Gregory Scott Ibañez
- Peter Kowalski
- Joseph Lesley
- Dan McCarron
- Jarrell Milburn
- Linda Pavlik
- Scott Price
- Pollard Rogers
- Whitney Smith
- Ted Wugofski