Official Naming of the Amphibian Stage Productions Lobby Bar
Cynthia and Grant Hodgkins Make a Generous Donation to Support Amphibian’s 2017 Season
Fort Worth, TX (May 16, 2017)— Amphibian Stage Productions announces a generous gift from Fort Worth philanthropists Cynthia and Grant Hodgkins. Joined with other supporters, the Hodgkins’ gift brings Amphibian’s annual fundraising campaign to $43,000 toward its $100,000 goal. To recognize their generous contribution, the Amphibian Lobby Bar has been officially named the “Cynthia and Grant Hodgkins Bar.”
Amphibian has planned its most ambitious season yet for 2017. For the first time, they hosted television and film stars in the season extra production of White Rabbit Red Rabbit, they are combining their developmental staged readings into a three-week New Play Festival, and they are producing two world premiere productions, The Trap and A Lost Leonardo. Considering the prospect of reductions in arts funding, they are more than ever relying on their supporters to make this innovative and engaging storytelling possible.
A graduate of Arlington Heights High School and Texas Christian University, Grant Hodgkins was born and raised in Fort Worth, and he is currently the vice president of a consulting firm. Cynthia Hodgkins is originally from South Texas, and she has been in Fort Worth for thirteen years, currently working as a manager for a large oil and gas company. Cynthia and Grant have been married for twelve years, and they both value the importance of not only being involved in the community, but also supporting local organizations.
“You can get involved with a lot of organizations and never really feel like you’re contributing to the greater good. With Amphibian, your money goes a long way,” said Cynthia Hodgkins, who is also on the Amphibian Stage Productions Board of Directors.
In 2013, Cynthia and Grant made a concerted decision that Amphibian would be their primary theatre and arts venue where they would commit the majority of their contributions and spend most of their time. It was that year that Cynthia was asked to join the Board of Directors. They had both been patrons of the theatre during the previous seven years.
“We really enjoyed meeting Kathleen Culebro, the artistic director, and understanding her vision. We felt a connection to the mission of the theatre, including being able to see the entire artistic process through staged readings and workshops. This theatre group is not afraid to step out there on the edge, and you’re going to see something you’re not going to experience anywhere else,” said Cynthia.
Arts patrons and supporters such as Cynthia and Grant are setting a new trend in philanthropy. In September of 2016, SMU’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) released its most comprehensive report to date on national fundraising trends in the arts and cultural sector. The report showed that over a four-year period from 2011-2014, “growth in unrestricted contributed revenue slightly outpaced growth in expenses, suggesting that over time, arts organizations have built deep, committed relationships with their supporters.”
With the announcement of this donation, Amphibian is launching a campaign to inspire other supporters to make a similar commitment to being more actively involved in the development of its innovative and engaging programming. Interested supporters can contact Development Manager Heather Quinn Gage at (817) 923-3012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Cynthia and Grant Hodgkins
Cynthia Hodgkins is the HRIS/PMO Manager for Pioneer Natural Resources, a large independent oil and gas exploration and production company. She is an accomplished professional with expertise in all aspects of program and project management. Her accomplishments include both domestic and global implementations.
She is also active in several community activities, including the Board of Directors of Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth Garden Club, Fort Worth Woman’s Club and Dinner Dance Club. Cynthia is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.
Grant Hodgkins is the Vice President of Commercial Services at USDM Life Sciences, an industry leader in regulatory and business consulting for the life sciences industries. He is a seasoned executive leader with over 30 years of experience in the industry designing, implementing, and managing complex global programs and operations to simplify business operations, assure quality and safety, and optimize processes. His accomplishments include significant roles in Global Supply Chain, Master Data Management, Computer System Validation, Unique Device Identification (UDI), Pharmaceutical Traceability / Serialization, ERP implementation and validation, and Program/Project Management.
His thought leadership contributions include Tri-Chair of the GS1 Global Healthcare Leadership Team, Co-Chair of the GS1 Healthcare AIDC Application Standards Work Team, Co-Chair of the GS1 Healthcare GDSN Implementation Work Team, and author/presenter of numerous papers and lectures. He is also active in several community activities, notably with Amphibian Stage Productions, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and Alzheimer’s Association of North Texas. Grant is a graduate of Texas Christian University.
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. Amphibian strives 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 dynamic outreach project, Tad-Poles, using stilts, which 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 grants from the 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, Mary Potishman Lard Trust, Pangburn Foundation, Thomas M., Helen McKee & John P. Ryan Foundation, Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Shubert Foundation, Southwest Bank, Texas Commission on the Arts, Wells Fargo Bank, William E. Scott Foundation, and Amphibian’s devoted donors who are proud to be the force behind nurturing the next generation of artists and audiences.