Samantha Shoffner decided she wanted to be a designer when she was 13 years old and has never looked back! Combining her love of performance, theatre, film, and fine art, Samantha is a set and prop designer who received her BFA in Theatre Design and Technology with an emphasis in Scene Design from Penn State University, University Park.
Located in New York City for almost 14 years, she spent two years at Google as the part-time Creative Designer for Facilities and she is currently a Professor at City College of Technology in Props and Paint, (has also taught Scenery and Graphics) while working on many freelance projects in theatre, film and interior design.
Currently Samantha is freelancing in a variety of design projects in Props, painting, and Set Design. Recently she propped Trouble in Mind and both Broadway productions of Slave Play (2019 and 2021), and is a proud member of IATSE ACT International. She also was the lead decorator for the August Wilson Lounge Lobby Redesign for the Slave Play Remount and designed an Apres Ski Lounge for a rooftop bar in Williamsburg. Samantha works in areas of theatre, opera, film, television, events, interiors, editorial and corporate.
Samantha is always looking to meet experienced and talented assistants, artisans, carpenters, loaders, and drivers, for both theatre and film work, and would love to hear from you (please tell me about yourself and your experience!) via the contact page if you're interested in any of these positions. Pay varies based on the project but often hourly or by negotiable project fee.
Samantha also runs a paid prop and set design apprenticeship program at busy times of year for aspiring artisans and assistants, occasionally year round, long and short term, or by project. If you are a student or recent graduate located in the Greater New York City Area interested in an internship with a focus on set and prop design, with the opportunity for hands on learning experience in many other artistic areas, please contact Samantha via the contact page. No experience is required.
During the 18 month shut down COVID-19, Samantha kept busy by volunteering remotely making cards for Citymeals on Wheels and did over 100 virtual interior designs for residential clients!
Please do not hesitate to reach out, even if you are looking to revamp your space, or need a unique personalized gift for someone. I'd love to hear from you if you'd like to collaborate in the future!
Production Prop Supervisor: Trouble in Mind, Slave Play Remount, Slave Play.
Associate Prop Design: Children of a Lesser God, Travesties, Time and the Conways, The Price, Falsettos, Noises Off, China Doll, Living on Love.
Broadway Prop Artisan: Pretty Woman, Time and the Conways, Fiddler on the Roof, On Your Feet, An American in Paris, The King and I, Realistic Joneses, Nice Work if You Can Get it, A Streetcar Named Desire. Assistant Projections: The Mountaintop.
2023: Arden of Faversham (Red Bull Theatre), Knight of the Burning Pestle (Fiasco).
2022: La Race (Page73), My Broken Language ( Signature), Only Gold (MCC), Rat Trap (Mint Theatre), Pete the Cat, The Lightning Thief (TheatreworksUSA), Shhh!!! (Atlantic Theatre Company), To My Girls (Second Stage Theatre), Confederates, A Case for the Existence of God (Signature Theatre).
2021: Nollywood Dreams (MCC), Imogen Says Nothing (Fiasco), Seize the King (Classical Theatre of Harlem).
2019: Ms. Trial (New World Stages), Underlying Chris (Second Stage), Powerstrip (Lincoln Center), Mlima's Tale (Westport), Mothers (Playwrights Realm), Native Son/Measure for Measure (The Acting Company), The Bacchae (CTH), Strange Loop (Playwrights Horizons), BLKS (MCC), Merrily We Roll Along (Roundabout), If Pretty Hurts (Playwrights Horizons).
2018: Candide (upcoming, tour), Antigone (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Zurich (Colt Coeur), The Stonewitch (Westside theatre), Is God Is (Soho Rep), Stuffed (Westside theatre) Cendrillon (Manhattan School of Music).
2017: What We're Up Against (WP Theatre), The Three Musketeers (CTH), The End of Longing (MCC), Kid Victory (The Vineyard), Alligator (New Georges).
2016: Ride the Cyclone (MCC), Macbeth (CTH), A Better Place, Familiar (Playwrights Horizons Mainstage), Martin Luther on Trial (The Pearl), Sojourners (Playwrights Realm at Playwrights Horizons).
2008- 2015: Songbird (59e59th Theatres), The Eternal Space, The Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery of Charles Francis Chan Jr. (Soho Rep), Babes in Arms (CAP21), Travels With My Aunt (KEEN), Hard Love (TACT), Seawife (South Seaport Museum), Afganistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait (Rattlestick), Abundance, The Killing of Sister George (TACT), Til Divorce Do Us Part (Daryl Roth II), The Memory Show (Transport Group), Atmosphere of Memory (LAByrinth), Angelina Ballerina (Vital Theatre Co. Nat. Tour).
Theatre Set Design: Imogen Says Nothing (Fiasco Theatre),The Great Pie Robbery (NYC Fringe), Twelfth Night (Random Access Theatre Park Tour), Stella Adler Studios, Sex on the Beach (International Studio Theatre).
Prop Design: May We All (TPAC). Mr. Burns, Romeo & Juliet (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival 2022), Mlima's Tale, Skeleton Crew, Man of La Mancha (Westport Playhouse), As You Like It, Macbeth (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival 2016), Company, On Golden Pond, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Bucks County Playhouse)
Set Design: Schoolhouse Rock LIVE (State Theatre, PA), Romance, Romance (Citizen's Bank Theatre, PA). Smokey Joe's Cafe (Asst, Central PA Arts), Stagedoor Manor 2010.
Scenic backdrop Painter, The Nutcracker, Scenic Charge and Project Management by Keegan's Mission- Alisa Simone-Keegan and Jim Keegan
Vince Camuto NYC store Windows design & install
Display Artisan/install: Miami Dadeland Mall Angel booth, Holiday 2015
Window Design: H & M Coachella Window, Times Square March 2015
New York City Holiday 2014: Cole Haan and Jack Spade (Design Compendium)
Ann Taylor Christmas Design Presentation 2014 (Chavez Designs)
One Hotel Miami Lighting Fixture Artisan 2014 (Chavez Designs)
Bonobos Store Layout Draftsperson, 2013
Macy's Christmas Windows 2010 (Paper Artisan for Boston, DC, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia)
American Christmas Holiday Display Work (Bergdorf Goodman, American Eagle, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall) 2010
Sotheby's Scenic Artist CONSTITUTION 2022
Human's Best Friend immersive pop up, Prop designer, 2018
Sotheby's performance art piece "Testing" A$AP Rocky, Prop designer, 2018
RYOT Live Marketing immersive event with Livesight, Inc., Prop designer, 2018
Scenicorp Overhire/Interim Scenic [Charge] Artist 2012-2018
Department of Events Scenic Painter (Randall's Island Summer Picnic, Viacom, Amelia) 2014-2017
Creative Designer for Google NYC Facilities 2012-14 (Eurest at Google NYC Offices. Holiday decorations, mural design and execution, select room designs, special projects, pranks.)
Oliver NYC Boutique Window Design, 2013
Branche Exhibit Design (Javits Center International Gift Fair 2012)
Techonomy Las Vegas (Draftsperson, Lionfish Design 2012)
Bonobos (Draftsperson, store layout, 2013)
Prop Stylist Clean Colin Stark Creative 2016
Set/Prop Stylist: Under Armour® Lookbook, Fall 2015 and Winter 2016
Prop Stylist: Delta Airlines Vine (Holidays 2014, Wieden and Kennedy)
Head Up, Eyes Forward. (Christoph Schultz Presents, 2013)
Professor of Props and Paint, City College of Technology 2017-present
Chalk Art, Commissioned Mural work, Stenciling and Sign Lettering work, Custom/commissioned canvas artwork, Wedding and event centerpieces, Charity Event volunteer, Teaching experience Ages 0-Adult.