Full name

Samantha J Johns

Title

Director. Designer. Curator. Producer.

Location

Minneapolis, MN

Biography

BIO
Samantha Johns is a Minneapolis based director and designer working in contemporary performance. She is also a poet. Johns builds work that is often in response to theatre, modernity and love.

Johns holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota. Her work has been presented in Minneapolis at The Walker Art Center, The Southern Theatre, 1419, Fresh Oysters Performance Research, White Page Gallery, Red Eye, Bedlam, Gamut Gallery, Open Eye Figure Theatre, University of Minnesota, Soo Vac, and nationally at Center for Performance Research-CPR (New York, NY), Panoply Performance Laboratory (Brooklyn, NY), Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL.), 621 Gallery (Tallahassee, FL.), Sperm to Worm (Pittsburgh, PA), Mickee Faust (Tallahassee, FL), Anam Cara (Asheville), NC Z Below (San Francisco, CA), The Annex (Baltimore, MD), and Alfred ve Dvoře Theatre (Prague, CZ)

Johns often make work with George McConnell:
http://evenifwenever.weebly.com/

ADDITIONAL TRAINING:
-Emerging Leader — TCG Leadership Boot Camp — Chicago, 2010 [Theatre Communication Group]
-Artslab [Arts Midwest] 2009-2011. Artslab is a three-year capacity-building program with the purpose of strengthening smaller arts organizations in Minnesota.
REVIEWS/PLUGS/ETC:
http://www.citypages.com/arts/basic-instinct-11-a-ladies-only-take-on-the-90s-psychosexual-thriller-8076037

http://minnesotaplaylist.com/magazine/article/2016/best-of-2015-16-two-gentlemen-of-verona

http://www.thetangential.com/2015/04/21/what-i-want-now-i-will-want-later-annie-enneking-and-samantha-johns-give-you-something-you-never-knew-you-wanted/

http://www.citypages.com/arts/sirens-desire-and-taxidermy-in-what-i-want-now-i-will-want-later-6584581

https://criticismexchange.wordpress.com/2015/08/13/ive-never-been-alive-this-long-before-by-sam-johns/

https://criticismexchange.wordpress.com/2015/08/22/how-close-is-too-close-ive-never-been-alive-this-long-before-by-samantha-johns/

https://criticismexchange.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/book-fair/

http://blogs.citypages.com/dressingroom/2014/12/samantha_johnss_book_fair_performance_thing.php

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2015/01/26/review-rehearsing-failure-theatre-novi-most-southern-theater-artshare

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/ARTS/2014/03/21/review-bring-indigo-fire-drill-and-friends-mixed-bag-wonderful-strangeness

http://blogs.citypages.com/dressingroom/2013/12/samantha_johns_white_page.php

http://www.culturebot.org/2014/03/21291/relational-march-minneapolis-milwaukee-chicago-three-rivers-detroit-ohio-state/

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/blog/matthew-everett/weirdest-ensemble-ever-friday-927-4pm-10pm

http://www.knightarts.org/community/stpaul/inside-the-living-room-performances-of-small-art-3
http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2012/12/27/top-ten-twin-cities-plays-2012

http://minnesotaplaylist.com/magazine/article/best-2011-2012-snowfuck

http://mrkevinlally.blogspot.com/2012/11/blue-skies.html

http://minnesotaplaylist.com/blogs/what-pancake-time

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/theater/column/jay-gabler/timid-theater

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2013/03/23/my-sex-dawn-dawn-experience
http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/theater/column/who-is-that/samantha-johns

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2010/12/28/theater-top-ten-plays-2010

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2009/12/25/theater-top-ten-productions-2009

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/blog/matthew-everett/review-snowfk-when-nudity-seems-perfectly-ok

http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/stageandarts/172095491.html?refer=y

http://minnesotaplaylist.com/magazine/author/sam-amp-paige-johns-amp-collette

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/theater/new-comedy-lowry-lab-theater-review#.TzqvWXJlWwo.facebook

http://blogs.citypages.com/dressingroom/2012/02/new_comedy_features_three_pieces_at_the_lowry_lab.php

http://blogs.citypages.com/dressingroom/2011/11/choreographers_evening_a_walker_thanksgiving_tradition.php

http://www.citypages.com/2011-05-25/calendar/even-if-we-never-10-look-forward/

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/buttercream-scotch-peoples-center-review

http://digitalissue.citypages.com/publication/?i=75391&p=25

http://www.cakein15.com/2011/05/25/even-if-we-never-look-forward/

http://jaygabler.tumblr.com/post/5932395565/my-friday-night-as-chronicled-in-vita-mn

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/blog/jay-gabler/thing-26-things

http://www.startribune.com/templates/Print_This_Story?sid=82272062

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2010/05/16/theater-newly-christened-cat-fish-offer-sneak-peek-fanciness-vs-void

http://www.cakein15.com/2009/04/21/come-to-dadadalis-liquid-ladies-at-bedlam/

http://howwastheshowcom.ssl21.com/index.cfm/action/reviews.view/reviewKey/856

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/blog/jay-gabler/welcome-dystopia-thing-another-world

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2010/03/13/theater-welcome-dystopia-bedlam-four-humors-create-funny-touching-vision-seriously-m

http://howwastheshowcom.ssl21.com/index.cfm/action/reviews.view/reviewKey/930

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/article/2008/08/05/theater-note-youre-no-fun.html

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2010/10/16/dance-kidd-pivot-frankfurt-rms-dark-matters-walker-cirque-du-soleil-phd

Experience

Lead Scenic Artist

Jungle Theater

Minneapolis, MN · 2007 – Present

Education

BA

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN · 2003 – 2007

Design & Direction

School of the Art Institute of Chicago: SAIC

Chicago, IL · – 2012

Abandoned Practices Summer Institue – Prague, CZ
Matthew Goulish & Lin Hixson

Awards
2015 Tofte Creative Residency , Jerome Foundation
2010 Top 10 Productions of 2010 , Daily Planet
Role: Co-Director, Designer, Producer of THE THING
2009 Top 10 Productions of 2009 , Daily Planet
Director/Choreographer DALI’S LIQUID LADIES
2007 Jean Congdon Award , University of Minnesota
2007 Kendrick Wilson Directing Award , University of Minnesota
Exhibitions
2018… Missives: a minor langurage (Creator. Writer. Installation Artist), TBD, Minneapolis, MN
2018 There are at least 30 Super Heroes in this Universe (Co-Director, Designer), The Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN
2017 how the feeling goes (Director. Choreographer.), The Southern Theater – Gorge, Minneapolis, MN
with Nona Invite, curated by April Sellers
2017 GIFFORMANCE (Digital Artist), Centro de Arte Maria Teresa Vieira, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
https://gifformance.tumblr.com/tagged/samanthajohns
2017 Phlooky Voga (Co-Director), The Club Room at Red Stag, Minneapolis, MN
with Eric Larson
2017 Bill: The Musikill (Performer. Dancer), The Southern, Minneapolis, MN
by Tom Comitta & Fire Drill
2017 ANIMAL CORRIDOR (Scenic Designer), Tek Box, Cowles Center, Minneapolis, MN
April Sellers Dance Collective
2017 My Uncle Richard (Digital Artist), yourunclerichard(dot)com, Global
created by Katelyn Douglass & Kelly Lamanna
2016 Cloud/Mountain (Performer), Ramada #2, Tucson, AZ
by George McConnell
2016 50 Time Around the Sun (Video Artist), The Southern Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
curated by Lisa Channer
2016 RANT (Director), Z Space, San Francisco, CA
with Theatre Novi Most
2016 Trip the Light Fantastic (Performer), Fox Hole, Chicago, IL
with George McConnell & Lindsey Barlag Thornton
2016 RANT (Director), Ivey Arts, Minneapolis, MN
with Lisa Channer
2016 Basic Instinct 1:1 (Director. Design.), White Page Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
with Shelby Richardson
2016 Guerrilla Girls Takeover (Co-Creator, Performer), SooVAC, Minneapolis, MN
with April Sellers, curated by Laurie Van Wieren
2016 Choreographer’s Evening – Novelty Shots (Dancer), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
by Fire Drill
2015 SNOWFUCK: performed by Emily Gastineau and Billy Mullaney… (Co-Director, Designer, Producer), Fresh Oysters Performance Research, Minneapolis, MN
with George McConnell
2015 i’ve never been alive this long before (Curator. Director. Producer), The Black Forest, Minneapolis, MN
2015 Novelty Shots (Performer), Red Eye, Minneapolis, MN
by Fire Drill
2015 what i want now i will want later (Director), Open Eye Studio Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
with Annie Enneking
2015 Clinging to the Bones of It (Creator. Director), Red Eye, Minneapolis, MN
WIP Program
2015 BOOK FAIR (Curator. Producer), 3605 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN
HotStart
2014 Absolute Bliss: West Coast & Midwest Choreography (Performer), Bedlam Lowertown, Saint Paul, MN
2014 Working: the Musical (Co-Director), Stoll Thrust, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
with Lisa Channer
2014 Tour – Britney Spears’s Crossroads (Co-Director, Designer, Producer), The Southern Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
with George McConnell
2014 The Hurricane Tour (Co-Producer, Curator, Director), Gamut, Minneapolis, MN
with George McConnell
2014 520 vines by Jiana Estes (Producer), The White Page, Minneapolis, MN
2014 i want to be a thing but i don’t know what (Curator), The White Page, Minneapolis, MN
HotStart
2014 Britney Spears’s Crossroads (Co-Director, Designer, Producer), Railroad Square, Tallahassee, FL
with George McConnell
2014 Baby, I’m your baby, Baby: The Land of Milk and Honey (Co-Creator, Writer, Performer), Panopoly, Brooklyn, NY
with George McConnell
2014 The One Obstruction (Co-Choreographer), CPR – Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, NY
with George McConnell
2013 Flying Nuns (Performer, Dancer), Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis, MN
by Melissa Birch
2013 THIS.HERE. (Creator, Performer), The Love Doctor, Saint Paul, MN
curated by Irrigate
2013 Proxy Walking on Broken Care Sick (Producer, Performer, Choreographer), car.sick., Minneapolis, MM
with Tom Lloyd
2013 The Five Uses Of An Egg (Writer. Co-Creator, Performer), Small Arts, Saint Paul, MN
with Lucas Koski
2013 car.sick. (Co-Creator, Performer, Producer), Twin Cities & Beyond, Minnesota
with George McConnell & Rabbit
2013 Baby, I’m your baby, Baby: The Land of Milk and Honey (Co-Creator, Writer, Performer.), Metal Shop, Pittsburgh, PA
with George McConnell, curated by Savannah Reich
2013 This.Is.A.Stupid.Love.Story (Co-Director, Producer), 612 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
with George McConnell
2013 we date the audience (Co-Creator, Director. Performer), Mixed Blood, Minneapolis, MN
with Billy Mullaney & Lisa Channer
2013 The Taste of My Mouth (Co-Director, Designer), Railroad Square, Tallahassee, FL
with George McConnell & Billy Mullaney
2012 Union Depot Grand Re-Opening Project (Director), Union Depot, Saint Paul, MN
2012 We Are Theatre And So Can You (Co-Writer, Creator, Performer), JFB’s, Minneapolis, MN
with George McConnell
2012 halffull (Choreographer), Bryant Lake Bowl 9x22, Minneapolis, MN
curated by Laurie Van Wieren
2012 SNOWFUCK (Co-Director, Designer), 1211 Washington Ave., Minneapolis, MN
with George McConnell
2012 The Man Show [what we want to see] (Co-Director), Mixed Blood, Minneapolis, MN
with Paige Collette
2012 Hello [it’s been great letting you get to know me] (Co-Director, Designer), Mickey Faust Club, Tallahassee, FL
with George McConnell
2012 You Don’t Have to Choose [aka Llama Show]Jon Fe (Director), Lowry, Saint Paul, MN
with Savannah Reich, curated by Jon Ferguson
2011 No More Astronauts (Performer), 1211 Space, Minneapolis, MN
with Myndmyrm
2011 The One Obstruction (Co-Choreographer), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
with George McConnell, curated by Chris Schlichting
2011 Buttercream & Scotch (Director. Designer. Co-Producer), The People’s Center, Minneapolis, MN
with Paige Collette & Tatiana Pavela
2011 Buttercream & Scotch (Director), Jimmy’s, New York, NY
with Paige Collette & Tatiana Pavela
2011 even if we never look forward (Co-Director,Producer. Designer: Set, Lights.), Paper Moose, Minneapolis, MN
with George McConnell
2011 Age of Wordsworth (Designer: Set, Lights, Costumes), The Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN
with Four Humors
2011 Bleeding Hearts Gaga (Choreographer. Dancer), Romp, Minneapolis, MN
with Tom Lloyd
2011 10 Min Play Fest (Co-Director), Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2010 US Tour – Fanciness Vs. the Void (Director. Performer), 16 Venues, United States
with Savannah Reich
2010 Fanciness Vs. the Void (Director. Lights. Performer), Open Eye Figure Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
with Savannah Reich
2010 Fundraiser for Fanciness (Curator. Producer), Apropos Studios, Minneapolis, MN
with Savannah Reich
2010 Wait For It (Director), Capri Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2010 10 Min Play Festival (Co-Director), Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2010 Welcome to Dystopia (Director. Lights), Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
with Four Humors
2010 the thing (Co-curator, Director, Designer, Lights), 1419, Minneapolis, MN
with George McConnell
2009 m a r s p r o j e c t (Co-curator, Producer, Director, Designer, Performer), 1419, Minneapolis, MN
with Savannah Reich
2009 10 Min Play Festival (Co-Director), Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2009 She Ate the Moon – End of the World (Co-Curator. Performer), Wartscape by WhamCity, Baltimore, MD
with Savannah Reich
2009 Five Fifths King Lear (Production Mgr, Performer: Goneril &Edmund), Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2009 Love is Blind and Furry (Designer: Set, Lights, Costumes), Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
with Four Humors
2009 The Yellow Wallpaper (Director. Designer), Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2009 US Tour – Dali’s Liquid Ladies (Director), 15 Venues, United States
by Savannah Reich
2009 Dali’s Liquid Ladies (Director. Designer: Set, Lights), Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
by Savannah Reich
2008 Turducken (Director), Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
by Joe Evans
2008 Romeo & Juliet (Scenic Design), Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
with Jason Ballweber
2008 You’re No Fun (Director), Stoll Thrust, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
by Savannah Reich
2008 You’re No Fun (Director), Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
by Savannah Reich
2008 Auction (Director. Lights), Bedlam Theatre – 10Fest, Minneapolis, MN
by Gabrielle Civil
2008 King Lear (Performer, Goneril & Edmund), Studio, Philadelphia, PA
curated by Missoula Oblongotta
2008 Moose Girl (Co-creator. Puppeteer), Full Moon, Minneapolis, MN
with Colleen Lamb
2008 Derive [What Where] (Performer, Interrogator), Open Eye Figure Theater, Minneapolis, MN
curated by Flaneur
2008 Mud (Director. Designer: Set, Lights, Costumes. Producer.), Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
by Maria Irene Fornes
2008 Operation Ant Farm (Performer, Subject), Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
by John Bueche
2007 Hole at the Bottom of the Holidays (Director), Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
by Joe Evans
2007 The Phantom Tollbooth (Director, Scenic Design), Xperimental Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
with Savannah Reich
2006 To The Moon [Musical] (Performer, Le Bret), Anoka Theater, Anoka, MN
2006 Mid Summer Night’s Dream – Hermia (Performer), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Elsewhere