Legends and Masters Award

Joseph Forbes is interviewed and presented with the "Backstage Legends and Masters Award" at "Backstage Legends and Masters" - The Broadway Technical Theater History Project - Purchase College


“To say that Joseph Forbes is one of the all time greats is an understatement,” said associate professor Dan Hanessian, who launched the Broadway Technical Theatre History Project in 2011.

“Not only is he a master of scenic painting, he is dedicated to inspiring and influencing the next generation. We’re honored to have Joseph Forbes as a faculty member in our Design/Technology Program where he shares his superb knowledge and teaches scene painting and rendering.”

As the founder of Scenic Art Studios, Joseph Forbes has been one of the most prolific and influential artists of our time. His work is represented in the vast majority of Broadway productions mounted each year. Some of his recent productions include Waitress, Beautiful, Paramore, In Transit, The Humans, and Shuffle Along. His anticipated upcoming productions include Hello Dolly and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Forbes studied scene design at the University of North Carolina–Greensboro, where he earned a BFA in scene design. Upon moving to New York, he attended Lester Polakov’s Studio and Forum of Stage Design. Forbes has had a long career as a professional scenic artist, working in New York on projects ranging from theatre, ballet, film, and television, to theme parks, restaurant interiors, and permanent displays. He started at Nolan’s Scenery Studio in 1979 and painted on many of the iconic productions of that era, including Annie, Cats, A Chorus Line, Evita, and 42nd Street. His credits in film include Ghostbusters, Crocodile Dundee, and The Money Pit, among others.

Legends and Masters

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