The Guild of Scenic Artists was formed by Scenics, for Scenics, to provide the power of community to help artists thrive.

The Guild of Scenic Artists was founded in 2016 by five colleagues who saw that other industries were benefiting from associations that connected their constituents, yet no such association existed for the thousands of Scenic Artists that work across the country in a wide variety of industries.

The Guild is open to all professional Scenic Artists, whether it’s their first day in the shop or they’ve been holding a bamboo for 30 years. No matter how they came to the industry, the Guild aims for each member to find a true home in this community of their peers.

Meet the Guild Board

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Tina (Nordquist) Yager has been working as a Scenic Artist for more than a decade. Some favorite credits include: American Player’s Theatre, VEE Corporation, Children’s Theatre Company and Opera for the Young, and University of Iowa where she developed a love for teaching and mentoring.

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Lili Payne’s professional work can be seen across the country in museums, theatres, various commercial venues, public art murals, and film. Favorite clients have included Macy’s Special Events (Minneapolis and Chicago), Split Rock Studios exhibit design, and the many small businesses and private clients that choose to include hand-painted work in their environments.

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Through his company, Morpheus Murals, Scott creates finishes and murals for restaurants all around the country. He is currently the Charge Artist at the Court Theatre, and Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, and teaches at Loyola University Chicago. Scott received his MFA from Brandeis University and is a member of United Scenic Artists #829.

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Rachael has worked across the country in theatre, television, and museum fabrication. Some of her favorite projects include time spent with the Cleveland Play House, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Lookingglass Theatre, and Harpo Studios. She is currently the Charge Artist with 3dx Scenic in Cincinnati, Ohio where she works on theme parks, theatre, and live events.

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Angelique Powers has been scenic painting professionally for over 17 years, with the last decade based out of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area with such companies as Vee-Star, Ordway Music Theatre, and Penumbra Theatre. Additionally, she is an Affiliate Faculty member at the U of MN and Normandale College.  She received MFA in Scenic Art from Cal Arts and a BA from Rockford University.

Jason is a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts and has been with Florida State University as the Paint Shop Manager and Adjunct Faculty for 8 years.

Committee Members

Sarah Abernathy

Sarah is a recent graduate from Cobalt Studios and is currently freelancing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She enjoys painting portraits, shiny things, and wood.

Jamie Clausius

Jamie Clausius has been the Resident Scenic Artist and Backdrop Designer for Tobins Lake Studios in Coleman, Michigan since June of 2014. Jamie trained and earned her certificate at Cobalt Studios Scenic Artist Training Program. Some of her other credits are Scenic Charge at Lexington Children’s Theatre, Children’s Theatre of Madison, and Epic Systems, Inc.

Bridgette Dennett

Bridgette is the Associated Faculty Scenic Designer/Technical Director at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN, and is a freelance Scenic Designer. She is a graduate of Indiana University’s MFA Scenic Design program, and has recently collaborated with The Omaha Theater Company, The Jewish Theater of Bloomington, Zack&Zach Productions, Anderson University, and The Tampa Repertory Theatre.

Andrea Heilman

Andrea received her MFA from Brandeis University, teaches at California Lutheran University, and been designing and painting for theatre for over 15 years.

Sara Herman

Sara has been working in the Minneapolis area as a Scenic Artist and Set Designer for ten years.  She has worked with dozens of companies, notably The Children’s Theatre (Minneapolis), The Guthrie, Macy’s Special Events, Theatre Latte Da, The Jungle Theatre and Circus Juventas. She is proud of her work as one of the founding members of the Guild of Scenic Artists.

Kim Manuel
Kimberly Manuel, MFA, in an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Scene Design at Graceland University.  She has worked in both professional and educational theatre, with 7+ years of teaching experience and over 15 years of professional credits in the areas of set design, scene painting and props.

Evan Rapp

Evan has been a Scenic Artist with ATOMIC Design in Lititz, PA for five years, with 14 years of larger experience within the industry. He earned a BFA from The University of the Arts, and has touched at least 8 Renaissance master paintings with (sterile) gloved hands and gotten away with it every time.

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