SAMANTHA JOHNS

Creative Strategist + Director + Designer

SAMANTHA JOHNS

Samantha Johns

Samantha Johns is a Minneapolis-based theatre director and designer working in contemporary performance

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Clients

  • Minnesota Opera
  • 3VLTS - Three Volts
  • General Mills
  • University of Minnesota
  • Theater Latté Da
  • VStar Entertainment Group
  • Karen Sherman
  • Penumba Theater
  • California Lutheran University
  • Atomic Props
  • Anagram Inc.
  • Rosy Simas
  • Anscam Inc
  • Northwestern University
  • Trollwood Theater
  • Bedlam Theatre
  • zAyma
  • Annie Enneking
  • Jungle Theatre
  • Theatre Novi Most
  • Kerby and Cristina Real Estate Experts
  • Kariel Staging and Decor

Experience

Freelance Artistic Director at Modern Color
2008 – Present Minneapolis, MN
Designer at SOS Staging
2019 – Present Hopkins, MN
Scenic Artist at Minnesota Opera
2016 – Present Minneapolis, MN
Interior Staging at Kerby & Cristina ReMax
2017 – 2019 Plymouth, MN
Lead Scenic Artist at Jungle Theater
2007 – 2017 Minneapolis, MN
Interior Staging & Design at Kariel Staging & Decor
2016 – 2017 Crystal, MN

Education

BA at University of Minnesota
2003 – 2007 Minneapolis, MN
Summer Institute at School of the Art Institute of Chicago: SAIC
2012 Chicago, IL

Awards

2019
Best of the ’10s: Remembering the decade’s top theater production, Jay Gabler
2019
MacDowell Fellow, The MacDowell Colony
2019
EastOver Artist Resident, EastOver Artist Residency
2018
MRAC Community Arts Grant, Metropolitan Regional Art Council
2018
Artist Residency, VILLA-R
2017
Creative Residency, Drop Forge & Tool Artist Residency
2015
Tofte Creative Residency, Jerome Foundation
2010
Top 10 Productions of 2010, Daily Planet
2009
Top 10 Productions of 2009, Daily Planet
2007
Jean Congdon Award, University of Minnesota
2007
Kendrick Wilson Directing Award, University of Minnesota

Exhibitions

2022
Missives: a minor langurage at TBD, Minneapolis, MN
2020
LICK IT 2020 at Fresh Oysters Performance Research, Minneapolis, MN
2019
i will be here if you will be here at The White Page, Minneapolis, MN
2019
13 Love Songs at Fresh Oysters, Minneapolis, MN
2019
DISH at Fresh Oysters Performance Research, Minneapolis, MN
2018
SUPERHERO at The Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN
2018
13 Love Songs at Fresh Oysters, Minneapolis, MN
2018
Everything We’ve Ever Known at The Craft Center, Raleigh, NC
2017
how the feeling goes at The Southern Theater – Gorge, Minneapolis, MN
2017
GIFFORMANCE at Centro de Arte Maria Teresa Vieira, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2017
Phlooky Voga at The Club Room at Red Stag, Minneapolis, MN
2017
Bill: The Musikill at The Southern, Minneapolis, MN
2017
ANIMAL CORRIDOR at Tek Box, Cowles Center, Minneapolis, MN
2017
My Uncle Richard at yourunclerichard(dot)com, Global
2016
Cloud/Mountain at Ramada #2, Tucson, AZ
2016
50 Time Around the Sun at The Southern Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2016
RANT at Z Space, San Francisco, CA
2016
Trip the Light Fantastic at Fox Hole, Chicago, IL
2016
RANT at Ivey Arts, Minneapolis, MN
2016
Basic Instinct 1:1 at White Page Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2016
Guerrilla Girls Takeover at SooVAC, Minneapolis, MN
2016
Choreographer’s Evening – Novelty Shots at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
2015
SNOWFUCK: performed by Emily Gastineau and Billy Mullaney… at Fresh Oysters Performance Research, Minneapolis, MN
2015
i’ve never been alive this long before at The Black Forest, Minneapolis, MN
2015
Novelty Shots at Red Eye, Minneapolis, MN
2015
what i want now i will want later at Open Eye Studio Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2015
Clinging to the Bones of It at Red Eye, Minneapolis, MN
2015
BOOK FAIR at 3605 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN
2014
Absolute Bliss: West Coast & Midwest Choreography at Bedlam Lowertown, Saint Paul, MN
2014
Working: the Musical at Stoll Thrust, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2014
Tour – Britney Spears’s Crossroads at The Southern Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2014
The Hurricane Tour at Gamut, Minneapolis, MN
2014
520 vines by Jiana Estes at The White Page, Minneapolis, MN
2014
i want to be a thing but i don’t know what at The White Page, Minneapolis, MN
2014
Britney Spears’s Crossroads at Railroad Square, Tallahassee, FL
2014
Baby, I’m your baby, Baby: The Land of Milk and Honey at Panopoly, Brooklyn, NY
2014
The One Obstruction at CPR – Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, NY
2013
Flying Nuns at Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis, MN
2013
THIS.HERE. at The Love Doctor, Saint Paul, MN
2013
Proxy Walking on Broken Care Sick at car.sick., Minneapolis, MM
2013
The Five Uses Of An Egg at Small Arts, Saint Paul, MN
2013
car.sick. at Twin Cities & Beyond, Minnesota
2013
Baby, I’m your baby, Baby: The Land of Milk and Honey at Metal Shop, Pittsburgh, PA
2013
This.Is.A.Stupid.Love.Story at 612 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
2013
we date the audience at Mixed Blood, Minneapolis, MN
2013
The Taste of My Mouth at Railroad Square, Tallahassee, FL
2012
Union Depot Grand Re-Opening Project at Union Depot, Saint Paul, MN
2012
We Are Theatre And So Can You at JFB’s, Minneapolis, MN
2012
halffull at Bryant Lake Bowl 9x22, Minneapolis, MN
2012
SNOWFUCK at 1211 Washington Ave., Minneapolis, MN
2012
The Man Show [what we want to see] at Mixed Blood, Minneapolis, MN
2012
Hello [it’s been great letting you get to know me] at Mickey Faust Club, Tallahassee, FL
2012
You Don’t Have to Choose [aka Llama Show]Jon Fe at Lowry, Saint Paul, MN
2011
No More Astronauts at 1211 Space, Minneapolis, MN
2011
The One Obstruction at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
2011
Buttercream & Scotch at The People’s Center, Minneapolis, MN
2011
Buttercream & Scotch at Jimmy’s, New York, NY
2011
even if we never look forward at Paper Moose, Minneapolis, MN
2011
Age of Wordsworth at The Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN
2011
Bleeding Hearts Gaga at Romp, Minneapolis, MN
2011
10 Min Play Fest at Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2010
US Tour – Fanciness Vs. the Void at 16 Venues, United States
2010
Fanciness Vs. the Void at Open Eye Figure Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2010
Fundraiser for Fanciness at Apropos Studios, Minneapolis, MN
2010
Wait For It at Capri Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2010
10 Min Play Festival at Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2010
Welcome to Dystopia at Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2010
the thing at 1419, Minneapolis, MN
2009
m a r s p r o j e c t at 1419, Minneapolis, MN
2009
10 Min Play Festival at Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2009
She Ate the Moon – End of the World at Wartscape by WhamCity, Baltimore, MD
2009
Five Fifths King Lear at Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2009
Love is Blind and Furry at Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2009
The Yellow Wallpaper at Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2009
US Tour – Dali’s Liquid Ladies at 15 Venues, United States
2009
Dali’s Liquid Ladies at Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2008
Turducken at Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2008
Romeo & Juliet at Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2008
You’re No Fun at Stoll Thrust, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2008
You’re No Fun at Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2008
Auction at Bedlam Theatre – 10Fest, Minneapolis, MN
2008
King Lear at Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2008
Moose Girl at Full Moon, Minneapolis, MN
2008
Derive [What Where] at Open Eye Figure Theater, Minneapolis, MN
2008
Mud at Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2008
Operation Ant Farm at Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2007
Hole at the Bottom of the Holidays at Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2007
The Phantom Tollbooth at Xperimental Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
2006
To The Moon [Musical] at Anoka Theater, Anoka, MN
2006
Mid Summer Night’s Dream – Hermia at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN