Introducing the Guild of Scenic Artists'

2020 Touring Seminar

Brought to you by Rosco

Deep Dive Into Sealers

with Claire Dana

This event is made possible with support from these sponsors

This Touring Seminar is currently postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. Please check back as we will reschedule these events for later dates.

What you'll learn

    • The best practices for one of the most-used products in the Scenic Artist tool kit
    • The chemistry that lends each category of protective finish (sealer, varnish, wax, etc) its literal and artistic strengths and weaknesses
    • How to choose the right product for the job; cost per square foot, weird substrates, intended use/environment, maintenance, and of course, safe handling
    • How to recover when things go wrong
    • PLUS – dedicated networking time with other professional Scenics

What to expect

This class is no surface overview. Our Deep Dive Into Sealers offers 6 hours of hyper-focused content you can put to use on the job immediately. Join us for a day of full exploration into the world of sealers, packed with information useful to the professional Scenic Artist at every career level and in every industry.

    • Classes will be located in professional scene shops, so come dressed to get dirty. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
    • Lunch will be provided and dietary restrictions will be accommodated
    • An optional evening social event will be held at a nearby location

Available in 4 cities

Minneapolis, MN
Atlanta, GA
San Francisco, CA
Newark, DE

All Scenics should have equal access to information and content. For many Scenics it is too expensive or difficult to travel for continuing education, so instead, we’re bringing that education to you.

Meet Claire Dana

Claire Dana is finishing her 20th season as the Charge Scenic Artist at Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis. Claire has participated in and chaired several USITT sessions on both technical and self-care topics, received IRT’s Richard O. Morris Award for Staff Excellence in 2015, and is a recipient of the 2020-2021 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship of the Arts Council of Indianapolis. The particular physical work stresses of the Scenic Artist have inspired her practical exploration and promotion of yoga, meditation, Alexander Technique, various somatic therapies, ergonomics, and body mechanics. Since 1991, Claire has worked with an excellent Technical Director, Chris Fretts, with whom she serves two excellent cats: Wes(t)ley and Buttercup.

“Clear sealers are THE awesome sauce of Scenic Art. My goal in this workshop is to provide the practical information and the spark of inspiration for Scenic Artists to confidently weigh the competing factors for success.”

What it costs

Registration includes:

  • 6+ hours of professional Scenic education
  • Light breakfast and lunch provided by BMI Supply
  • Free Scenic Artist t-shirt provided by Parlights

Special Member Price


General Registration

If you’re interested in this class, you’re our kind of person. Join the Guild today and save on the event.

Become a Member now to be eligible for the special Member price and receive these benefits plus more for one year:

  • Access to our private Forum
  • The full archive of Scenic Route blogs
  • Email notifications of new job postings
  • Direct connections to your colleagues across the country

Register for your location

Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, May 9 Postponed

Class located at the Guthrie Theater, and hosted by Scenic Charge Michael Hoover. The Guthrie Theater complex was built in 2006 and boasts unique architecture and state of the art production shops in a prime location in downtown Minneapolis.

Guthrie Theater
818 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Atlanta, GA

Saturday, May 30 Postponed

Class is located in the scene shop for Theater Emory, the resident professional theater company at Emory University. Host Sara Culpepper is the Resident Scenic Artist & Properties Coordinator and Lecturer at Emory University.

Theatre Emory
Mary Gray Munroe Theater
630 Means Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30322

San Francisco, CA

Saturday, June 13 Postponed 

Class located in the well-equipped production shop One Hat One Hand, and hosted by Finishing Department Manager Wythe Bowart. Take a video tour and see the space for yourself.
We are so excited to present this class in a setting so familiar to all Scenics but uncommon when it comes to educational content.

One Hat One Hand
1335 Yosemite Avenue
San Francisco CA 94124

Newark, DE

Saturday, July 11 Postponed

Class held in the scene shop of Resident Ensemble Players (REP) in charming Newark, Delaware. Host Anne Clark, Scenic Charge Artist, is an active member of the Guild. She has been happily creating scenery for more than a decade and might just charm you into joining her on her next project.

Resident Ensemble Players Scene Shop
401 E. Wyoming Rd
Newark, DE, 19716




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