Laurel Schaffer

Laurel Schaffer
Adjunct Instructor of Theatre


  • Costume Design
  • Industry Sewing
  • Choreography


  • B.A., English, Minor Dance, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • A.A. Fashion Design, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), San Francisco, CA


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About Laurel Schaffer

Laurel Schaffer has spent over twenty years in the fields of art and design as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and fashion/costume designer.  

After growing up in Durango, Laurel went on to teach, choreograph and perform for the West Virginia Dance Festival, Charlotte City Ballet and 3rd Ave. Dance Company.

As a freelance designer and consultant, clients included The San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary, Goodwill of San Francisco County, Christopher Collins Design, The Sustainable Apparel Coalition and the activewear brand Icebreaker.  Her work was also featured in San Francisco’s De Young Museum and Sacramento’s California Museum. 

Returning to Durango in 2015, Laurel has continued to both design and dance. She is a founding member of Wildwood Dance Project, working on collaborative performance projects within the Four Corners community.  She also serves as a costume designer and adjunct faculty member for the Fort Lewis College Theatre department, teaching costume design and industry sewing.