Amanda Shafran is an international theatrical designer, mixed media artist, and yogini based on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Originally from suburban New York, Amanda grew up with a curiosity for all stories waiting to be told, hidden away in the pockets of our routine realities. Attracted first and foremost to the human connectivity element in a project, Amanda aims to approach each new creative endeavor with equal parts mind, body, and spirit.
As a teenager, Amanda pursued the arts on nights and weekends as an actor, singer, sculptor, and notebook sketcher extraordinaire. After studying the liberal and performing arts as an undergrad at CUNY Queens College, Amanda chose to further specialize in theatrical design and pursue an M.F.A. in Design for Stage and Film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, with a concentration in costume design. There, She spent three years studying illustration, fashion history, clothing construction, and dramaturgy, or more concisely, the art of storytelling through the lens and language of images. Since graduating in 2012, Amanda has worked as a freelance designer and illustrator, designing costumes across the globe for theater, dance, opera and film, and illustrating for both private and corporate accounts.
Selected Credits include Theater: The Bonaparte’s (Ars Nova) Cloned! (The Signature Theater) I Am The Wind (59E59), Carcass (HERE Arts Center), The Balcony (Horizon Theater Rep), The Wild Duck (NYU), Boom (NYU). Dance: Dream’d In A Dream (Sean Curran Co, Upcoming BAM Next Wave Festival) St. Petersburg Waltz (10 Hairy Legs Rep, 2015). Nocturnes for Ancestors (The Joyce Theater, Jose Limon Dance Co.), Even Here (Alvin Ailey Theater) ‘Oh Sleep, Why Dost Thou Leave me? (Second Ave dance Co). Opera: Encounter (The National Center for The Arts, Bejing) The Telephone (The Alchemical Theater Company), Acteon (The Kennedy Center). : Film: #GymShorts, Coconut Grove, Mysteries At the Manor (assistant)
In November 2013, Amanda was diagnosed with the central nervous system disease Fibromyalgia and began to navigate the realities of housing an artistic spirit within a hyper-sensitized central nervous system of a bodily structure. Experiences along the bumpy road of self -care and healing led Amanda to the science of Yoga, for which she completed her first teacher training at ISHTA Yoga in Spring 2015. These healing experiences also inspired Amanda to draw and paint for its own sake for the very first time, creating a constantly evolving collection of drawings and paintings entitled FibroFigures, first shown as Fascia-Figures at Flow Physical Therapy in Novemeber 2014. These images explore the way our physical bodies and ever changing minds process sensation and emotion.
Now, Amanda wants to share her Designs, Art, and Yoga with you with the intention of allowing others to confront the difficult challenges within their own lives and facilitate regeneration, connection, unity, and light, love, and balance.