January 11, 2018

An amazing opportunity to work on George Balanchine’s Miami City Ballet "The Nutcracker" Iconic choreography and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score performed by the Opus One Orchestra at every show!!! 

Films on the making of these #backdrops will be released soon...Stay Tuned!!!

Miami City Ballet Designer: Isabel + Ruben Toledo

Miami Nutcracker Facebook Post

Scenics: Richard W Prouse, Irina Portnyagina, Corn Farrell, Tisha Colandrea-Paige, Elektra Buhalis, Susan Jackson, Natali Pinchuk, Misty Pelas, Ivan Pazlamatchev, Jessica Papazian Phillips, Dana...

December 11, 2017

(Mis)Conduct in the Workplace

Joseph Forbes attended the The Sexual-Abuse and Harassment event at The Public Theater​ on Thursday December, 7th 2017. 

"The event was organized in the wake of the sexual-abuse and harassment scandals assailing so many industries and as rumors swept New York’s theater community that an exposé or exposés on Broadway abusers and harassers was about to be published." 

- The Daily Beast​

Scenic Art Studios compassion to this cause led to a meeting the following day. "It is important to continue the conversation. It is up to...

December 1, 2017

John F. Kennedy Catholic High School got an exclusive tour of Scenic Art Studios. Led by scenic artist Jane Snow the students see how a Broadway's most vibrant #backdrops come to life!!! 

"Thank you for the great tour and birds eye view of stagecraft. I think the kids walked away in wonder. Its always a really humbling experience to be among the best." - JFK school 

"I was so inspired - thank you!" - Emily (student)

It was special to see the eyes widen as the children walked by our backdrops. Meeting some of our Scenic Artists inspire...

November 8, 2017

ROLE CALL: Irina Portnyagina​ 

"Known for: On Broadway, Portnyagina painted backdrops and sets for Mary Poppins, Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark, South Pacific, The King and I, Beauty and the Beast, and The Book of Mormon, among others. She has also worked on Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker, and recently worked with set designer Mark Ryden on American Ballet Theatre’s production of Whipped Cream.

What’s next: She is currently working on Richard Hudson’s backdrops for The Lion King’s national tour, and with with designer Beowulf Boritt on the Broadway...

November 6, 2017

Forbes first discovered his love for theatre through an extra credit assignment for his college English class: volunteer ushering for the school production of Look Homeward Angel. Immediately hooked, he began studying scenic design at the University of North Carolina. “[My teacher] would put a backdrop down on the stage floor and we would all gather around between classes and sit there just awestruck while this man painted,” he says. “I think that’s where I got the love of backdrops from.”

But it would be a few years before Forbes realized his lov...

October 23, 2017

  Irina Portnyagina is a leading artist here at Scenic Art Studios.

First and foremost, Irina is a #brilliant artist with a range of skills that stretches from architectural rendering, portraits, the human form, and her incredible translucent skies. She is known for creating ingenious new scenic techniques and tools which have been adopted by other Scenics. Teaching newer Scenics how to adapt this style has helped shape them into true Scenics. Her ability to take a design and breathe life into it has also earned her the admiration of many Des...

October 18, 2017


Since I can't yet show you pictures of "Frozen, Broadway", I thought I would fill in with what preceded the stage version. Disney, through our good friends at Feld Entertainment, started adding "Frozen, On Ice" to their repetroir as early as 2015. We have done pieces for touring ice shows in the USA, Ireland, Istanbul and beyond. Below is the drop we have painted, in many incarnations, of the castle exterior. 
Designed by Rick Papineau

October 13, 2017

"Springsteen on Broadway"

This performance is based on his book "Born to Run". Bruce claims that performing on broadway helps capture his story. Just him, the stage, and his instruments. Truly, In his element at the Walter Kerr Theatre

Hard Scenery built at Global Scenic.
Designer: Heather Wolensky

Scenic's: Mark Cheney, Allie Broadhead, Kate Rader

October 11, 2017

Ruthie, Mark and Tyler from Playbill get a personal tour of Scenic Art Studios from our Founder Joseph Forbes. Each drop we visited that day came with jaw dropping awe. 

Scenic Art Studios create's beautiful #backdrops. What makes us so special is how we connect with the pieces themselves. From the concept to the finished product we all work together to get the job done. Just like a family we look after one another during the process. Laughing, Arguing, Creating, Paint flying everywhere, Glitter on our cloths....the list goes on....

October 5, 2017

Scenic boots travel far and wide. Creating one #backdrop after another. Walking across canvas after canvas. From paint splatters to starched accidents....they have seen a thing or two. Let's give it up to the soles that never gave up on us!! 

 The true life of a Scenic's boots.

Let us knows stories about your boots and what they have seen!!!

October 2, 2017

Joseph Forbes: A scenic artist must be a jack-of-all-trades. He or she must be a little bit sculptor, a little bit architect, a little bit art historian, and a lot of pure painter. It helps if you are also a little bit of a mad scientist, able to create and invent new tools and techniques to solve problems. Scenic artists should have a thorough working knowledge of the history of architectural and decorative styles. You should not only be able to draw a relatively accurate Corinthian capital, but know the difference between a Corinthian, an Ionic...

September 30, 2017

BEHIND THE DROP look into the "WAITRESS" Drop. 

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. 

It was an honor watching these Scenics bring this piece to life. Always working hard to make the Scenic Art Studios backdrops stage ready!!! 

Waitress is a great show! BUY YOUR TICKETS!! CHERRY pie never looked so good.

Designer: Scott Pask

Painted by: Jocelyn, Michele, Tisha, and Elektra

September 27, 2017

"Holiday Inn"
This time last year, we were finishing up the Show Curtain for "Holiday Inn" This curtain went through many incarnations, until Anna Louizos hit on a brilliant design. It was elegant, but also had that handmade look for which she had been searching. Attached are a few photos of the curtain as a whole and the detailed painted edges that held down the patchwork appliqué fabric.

September 22, 2017

 Blaze was a rescue dog from Bleu's Canine Rescue. We fostered him here at Scenic Art Studios for a couple of weeks until he found his permanent family. We were honored to have him be part of the SAS family if just for a short while...He always put a smile on our faces. 

Bleu’s Canine Rescue Inc is an ALL BREED Non profit Animal Rescue Organization. They are 100% foster and volunteer based throughout the Hudson Valley. They are dedicated in saving dogs of all sizes and all breeds by placing them into loving, forever homes. The...

September 13, 2017


If you have been a scenic or set designer for any amount of time, you surely have heard the name Jane Snow. Jane's passion has and always will be painting scenery. She is a charge artist, lead artist, teacher and to my enjoyment, one who can make others laugh. Her knowledge and dedication won her the Entertainment Design Award ("Eddy") for collaboration in theatre. in 1999. We look forward to many more years of Jane's expertise here at Scenic Art Studios.

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