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      • Experience: 20+ years
      • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

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      As Scenic Artists, we occupy a tiny slice of the “Live Entertainment Industry.” If you are working in Theatre, Film, TV, Museums, Trade Shows or Theme Parks its all about the same thing right? Not right?

      So the question is “How do you define what we ‘do’ as Professional Scenic Artists?

      I’d love it if your answer could be ‘tweet style’ : 240 characters or less (but to be honest I’m not counting.)

        • Experience: 5-10 years
        • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

        We are a solution to a problem. Be it fine finishes or paint spattered about, it’s up to us to figure out how to do whatever needs to be done.

         Angelique Powers
          • Experience: 20+ years
          • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

          Member Member

          My fun answer is “I’m a human photocopier, set to enlarge, with photoshop capabilities”

          The definition I give to students: “My job is to work alongside the TD to turn the designer’s vision into reality; whether that means with paint, textures, carving, & what-nots; all while trying to stay with-in the budgets of time & money.

          What doesn’t fit into the “240 characters” are: years of art history, fine art techniques, basic chemistry, product knowledge, safety training, and the magic wand to make paint stick to anything, except for that one thing that wants to change in front of a live audience”


          My two snarky answers:

          1. My job isn’t accomplished by magic, elves or a computer.

          2. I paint and get paid for it.

          ….but no one likes snarky answers, really.

           Nicole Deibert
            • Experience: 20+ years
            • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

            I take what the designer envisions, interpret it and bring it to life using many different materials, textures and paints.


            My quick answer when we’re all introducing ourselves every year to the new interns is, “I give the naked set clothes.” Or “I make the wood not look like wood.” (which only works because we dont do the faux scenic wood painting at our theater)

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