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Scenic Painting Intensive

Scenic Painting Intensive

January 19-24, 2015


During this six-day intensive program, participants will receive expert instruction from esteemed teaching artists. This year's special skills seminar will focus on the techniques and mechanics of creating and painting a backdrop. The week's topics include the tools and techniques for understanding a variety soft goods (i.e. muslin and scrim), drop layout and sizing, creating a pounce, and painting a large scale image. Also included will be instruction and basic understanding of the mechanics of creating, mounting and using a roll tube. This is a Goodspeed specialty as our stage has no real fly space for flying backdrops and roll tubes are employed for that very purpose.

Goodspeed Musicals Scenic Painting Institute


To be notified about our the 2015 Scenic Painting Intensive please email Education & Library Director, Josh S. Ritter at

2014 Lectures & Practicum

• Techniques and Mechanics of Creating and Painting a Backdrop
• Tools and Techniques for Understanding a Variety of Soft Goods
• Drop Layout and Sizing
• Creating a Pounce
• Painting a Large Scale Image
• Creating, Mounting, and Using a Roll Tube

About the Faculty

DIANE FARGO has taught at Boston University since 2001. She mentors a Scene Painting Certificate Program at BU, now in its 6th 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.

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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Sponsored in part by 

Adolph & Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation

The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre

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