Meet the team behind Amphibian Stage.
Meet the team behind Amphibian Stage.
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.
Jay Duffer directed The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) for Amphibian both in 2014 and 2017, and Babbette’s Feast in 2019. 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 acted in theatres from Off-Broadway, to regional theatres, to productions overseas. Duffer 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 in 2003. 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 proud member of Actors Equity Association and is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Clara is a Fort Worth native with long ties to art and theater in Fort Worth. She attended Southwestern University for her BFA in Studio Art with a focus in oil painting and a minor in art history. During this time she was also able to attend Suffolk University in Madrid to study the works of Goya in depth at the Prado Museum. Clara spent a season as the dig illustrator for Adams State University’s Archaeology Department at their Fort Massachussetts site in southeastern Colorado, where she documented artifacts in situ and participated in all aspects of the excavation process. Back in Fort Worth, she began focusing on her artwork full time, and developed a series of highly detailed anatomic drawings on scratchboard. Titled The Body Electric, the pieces combine accurate anatomical drawing with mythology, botanical symbols and visual puns to explore what our bodies mean to us. She has participated in shows with Fort Works Art, Arts Fifth Avenue and the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, as well as Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches and several venues in Austin. Her work can be found in private collections across the United States, as well as in the UK and Jordan.
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.
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.
Evan is a Mississippi native where his passion for theater and art began at the age of 10. He moved to Texas to gain his BFA in Acting from Texas Christian University where he was a Chancellor’s Scholar. Evan has taken on most roles in the theater; playwright, scenic and costume designer, actor, and more. Evan’s acting and photography credits span the metroplex, having recently worked with the Dallas Theater Center, Second Thought Theatre, Uptown Players, Watertower Theatre, Stage West, Imprint Theatreworks, and more. Evan is an equity membership candidate of the Actor’s Equity Association and is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency for the North Texas region.
Charles Jackson Jr. is a multi-hyphenate theatre artist and Fort Worth native. His most recent work, Captain Iron featured in Odes for a World in Search of Joy premiered in Culturehub’s Re-Fest 2021.