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Introduction to Scenic Painting Intensive

Introduction to Scenic Painting Intensive

Not currently offered


The aesthetic beauty of Goodspeed's productions testifies to the fact that Goodspeed Musicals benefits from some of the most talented scenic painters in the country. During this six-day intensive introductory program, participants will receive expert instruction from a team of esteemed teaching artists, including current and former Goodspeed staff. Participants will learn to create textured surfaces using a variety of scenic painting techniques. They will also begin to master scenic painting skills such as cartooning, color mixing, squaring up, drop layout, and wood graining.

Goodspeed Musicals Scenic Painting Institute


Registration is currently closed. If you are interested in participating in a future Charge Scenic Painting Intensive or have any questions, please contact Josh Ritter at or at 860.873.8664, x522.    

Lectures & Practicum

• Cartooning
• Color Mixing
• Squaring Up
• Drop Layout
• Wood Graining
• Tools of the Scenic Painter
• Creating textured surfaces

About the Faculty

DIANE FARGO has taught at Boston University since 2001. She mentors a Scene Painting Certificate Program at BU, now in its 5th year. Diane has an MFA in Theater Design from Brandeis University. She has worked for many reputable designers on productions for such theaters as The Roundabout, Public Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, CSC, Playwrights Horizons, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare, Ford’s Theater, Arizona Theater Company, Houston Ballet, Alabama Shakespeare, Minnesota Opera, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Circle in the Square. She was Charge Artist for three national tours and provided interior decorative painting renovation of the Skylight Opera Theater. Store and Window Display and Event Decor for such companies as Tiffany and Co., IBM, Exxon Valentino’s, Foxwoods, Bellaggio, Foxwood and Mohegan Sun Casinos. Ms. Fargo has taught Set Design and Drafting at SUNY Albany, Scene Painting at Cobalt Studios, Ramapo College, and Brooklyn College.  She has acted as a consultant for Paint Products for Rosco Labs since 1988 and was the Charge Artist at Goodspeed Musicals for 19 years.

HOWARD C. JONES has been the Director of Scene Painting and on the Design faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts since 1996. Before that he was one of the founders of Cobalt Studio, an apprentice painting studio in New York. He was recognized in 2000 in Boston with the Elliott Norton Award and in 2005 in World Stage Design Expo. He has designed at North Shore Music Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Missouri Repertory Theatre, State Ballet of Missouri, Weston Playhouse, NC Shakespeare Festival, American Heartland Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, and the Coterie Theatre.

CARLA TIEZZI is a graduate of Parsons School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. She discovered an interest in theater painting, and joined the Goodspeed as an apprentice in 1996, under the guidance and instruction of her predecessor, Diane Fargo. In 1998, she began freelance painting and charging for other non-profit theaters, as well as events, film, and trade shows, including projects for Mohegan Sun Casino, Foxwoods Casino, and NBC News. In 2001 she relocated to Los Angeles, where she continued freelancing for 4 years, working on various projects for major TV networks, film, and theme parks such as Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags, and Disney’s Buzz Light Year Ride for Disneyland, Disney: Tokyo, and Disney: Hong Kong. Preferring the East Coast and painting for the theater, she returned to the Goodspeed as the Assistant to the Charge and filled the position of the Charge Scenic Artist of Goodspeed in 2008.

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Adolph & Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation

The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre

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