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Introduction to Scenic Painting Intensive

Introduction to Scenic Painting Intensive

2021 Dates to be announced

The aesthetic beauty of our productions testifies to the fact that Goodspeed Musicals benefits from some of the most talented scenic painters in the country. During this week-long introductory intensive, participants will receive expert instruction of a team of esteemed teaching artists, including current and former Goodspeed Staff, as they 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

If you have any questions or would like to receive information about future programs, please contact Erin Coffey at 860.873.8664 x521 or ecoffey@goodspeed.org.


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The Scenic Painting Intensive takes place on Goodspeed’s campus in East Haddam, Connecticut. Most classes and work sessions will occur in the Stillman Paint Shop, located on Commerce Drive.

Housing & Transportation

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Housing on the Goodspeed campus and transportation from the Old Saybrook, Connecticut train station or Bradley International Airport are included in the registration fee.


  • Drawing & Layout Techniques
  • Color Mixing
  • Tools & Techniques
  • Texture Products
  • Wood Graining
  • Textured Surfaces & Treatments


“It was a great introduction to scenic painting in general, and you learn a lot of different basic techniques.”

“My favorite class was the texture class, since it was really hands on, and now I know that I can make all these different textures.”

“I expected to learn about painting, and I learned so much more. I learned how involved the process is and the importance of craft and the proper use of materials.”


DIANE FARGO has taught at Boston University since 2001. She mentors a Scene Painting Certificate Program at BU, now in its 11th 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, Bellagio, Foxwood and Mohegan Sun Casinos. Diane is responsible for Design and fabrication of event scenic elements for SAP CEO Summit at Jazz at Lincoln Center 2017,18,19. 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. She is responsible for yearly Scenic Art intensives at Williamstown Theater Festival and Goodspeed Musicals for 6 years running.

CHRISTINE BOTTA has been involved professionally in scenic art for more than twenty years. For the past ten of those years she has been painting at such schools as Loomis Chaffee, Choate Rosemary Hall, and William H. Hall High School. She is currently a resident of Stratford, Conn., where she works as a freelance scenic artist.  Chris has painted professionally at Long Wharf, Goodspeed Opera House, Hartford Stage, Westport Country Playhouse, The Downtown Cabaret, Showmotion, Atlas Scenic Studios, Scenic Art Studios, and Global Scenic. Some of her work may be seen on Broadway as well: Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Jersey Boys, Young FrankensteinMountain Top, The Secret of Edmund Druid, Golden Boy, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Cinderella are just a few of her recent shows on the Great White Way. In addition, Chris does murals and faux finishes for residential customers. She has a BFA in Theatre Design from Ohio University and attended Cobalt Studio's apprenticeship program in scenic art. Chris is a member of The United Scenic Artist Union.

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.

JENNY KNOTT graduated from the University of Missouri, Kansas City with an MFA in Design and Technology.  Jenny has freelanced as a Scenic Artist for over 20 years. She worked for regional theatres such as Missouri Rep (now KC Rep), Arena Stage, the Guthrie, and Goodspeed Musicals, as well as union scene shops and an artist in residence at the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana.  She is a member of United Scenic Artists 829. Jenny joined Rosco as their Paint Product Manager in July of 2003. She teaches seminars for Rosco all over the world and enjoys slinging paint and mixing up goop. Jenny continues to paint, keeping current with new scenic artists and new ways of approaching paint challenges.

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.

Sponsored in part by 

Adolph & Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation

The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre