Name: Samantha Johns
Website: samanthajohns.carbonmade.com, evenifwenever.weebly.com (with George McConnell)
What’s your job?
“I am an art maker who encourages constant play time and hard work. Produce, direct/co-direct, scenic design, scenic paint, arts advocate. Charge painter at the Jungle Theater, freelance scenic design and detail painter for many theater companies, as well as Anagram Inc. and Atomic Props & Effects. Work a good deal with Savannah Reich, George McConnell, and Bedlam Theatre.”
Other than your job, what are your claims to fame?
“I have been known to be pushy, loud, and have lots of demands. I have a high expectation for perfection and a constant need to be pleased/happy. I do not like to stop or be stopped—I value hard work, dedication, and moxie. I am a Leo and I like pretty things.”
What’s your relationship status?
“Been with the handsome and talented Lucas Koski for two years now. He is a divine chef and all around creative powerful foxy man who knows how to make me happy.”
Where are you most likely to be seen?
“In coffee shops, in paint clothes, in theaters.”
Where are you least likely to be seen?
“St. Paul. With animals or babies.”
With what person or people are you most likely to be seen?
“If he lived in this town, Dr. George McConnell, my all around life and performance guru. The people I love and flock with are: Tom Lloyd, energetic Leo and fellow theater/dance maker; Paige Collette, sexy caring burlesque/solo performer and juicy playwright; Justin Spooner, magician/craftsman with his hands; Colleen Lamb, brilliant visual artist and dear friend; past and present Bedlam crew—JFB, Maren, Savannah, Lucas, etc.—and other art makers, including Billy Mullaney, Lauren Anderson, and Tera Kilbride.”
Where were you born?
“Mankato, Minnesota. Home of all things good and Midwestern. And then I had a second birth, here in Minneapolis.”
What neighborhood do you live in now?
“Lucas and I are living in Whittier in an old hotel…we have a fireplace in our home!”
What’s your ride?
“I have a car that my loving father gifted me. It takes me lots of places.”
What’s the best way for someone to start a conversation with you?
“Asking questions. Making sexy beautiful art that I can feel. Hugging.”
Photo by Colleen Margaret Lamb, courtesy Samantha Johns