It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the 2017 Jen Trieloff and Edie Whitsett Grants.

The winner of the 2017 Jen Trieloff Grant is Samantha Llanes.

Samantha is a third year MFA graduate candidate in Prop Technology at Ohio University. She is from Miami, Florida where she received her BFA in Scenic Design at Florida International University. Samantha is currently enjoying her summer as the Props Intern at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York. She will present her thesis production of In the Next Room (The Vibrator Play) at Ohio University this Fall. She is grateful for the opportunity to represent S*P*A*M as the 2017 Jen Trieloff Grant recipient and is eager to find new adventures in the wonderful world of props.  Samanthha’s website, including her resume’ and portfolio, can be viewed at



The winner of the 2017 Edie Whitsett Grant is Lauren Chilton.

Lauren E. Chilton is a graduate student at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, entering her third year in their Properties Design & Management program.  Lauren earned her B.A. in drama and studio art from the University of Virginia in 2012, where she was shuffled into props her second year out of necessity and never left.  After graduation she moved to the DC-Metro area, where she first completed a carpentry apprenticeship at Olney Theatre Center and then spent a year as a freelance prop master, working with companies such as Folger Theatre, Imagination Stage, Synetic Theater, Forum Theatre, and The Welders, and as a prop assistant at University of Maryland under the guidance of Timothy Jones.  She is currently working as a prop artisan for the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, WV, and is prop designer for The Welders’ world premiere of to tell my story: a hamlet fanfic by Alexandra Petri.  Next semester Lauren will develop her project and report in large-scale puppetry while designing and building props for Ping Chong’s Nosferatu, and in the winter will complete her MFA with an internship at the Santa Fe Opera.  Lauren’s website, which includes her portfolio and resume’, can be viewed at

Congratulations to these two talented and promising Props Artisans on behalf of the Society of Properties Artisan Managers.