Why was the Guild of Scenic Artists formed?

The Guild’s founders saw that other industries were benefiting from associations that connected their constituents, yet no such association existed for the hundreds (if not thousands!) of Scenic Artists that work across the country in a wide variety of industries. As the majority of Scenic Artists are freelance, the nomadic nature of their work makes it more difficult to connect and share knowledge with colleagues. Further, the unique nature of Scenic work can make it difficult to find appropriate product information and techniques that are geared specifically toward our industry. The Guild’s founders saw an opportunity to create an organization by Scenics, for Scenics.

The Guild saw that Scenics need three things: to connect, to share, and to develop.

First, we wanted simple and modern avenues to connect with our colleagues. A central hub and forum where our questions could be answered and our successes could be shared with those that would understand most intimately.

Second, we dreamed of an online database of scenic information. No longer would information be found only in books, but in an interactive, searchable Wiki that would be constantly updated by users across the country.

Third, we understood the necessity of professional development and limited availability of such opportunities for Scenic Artists. the Guild will keep an updated list of opportunities happening across the country, plus in the future we hope to hold an annual member conference with classes taught by professionals like you.

The Guild serves to foster community, provide educational resources, and help with the industry challenges of professional Scenic Artists. 

The Future of GoSA

The Guild’s vision is to become a paid member-driven association, joining the ranks of other field-related associations such as the Society for Prop Artisan Managers, the International Association of Lighting Designers, the American Association of Community Theatre, and the National Costumers Association.

Along with the Forum and Scenic Wiki, the Guild of Scenic Artists hopes to bring you future member benefits such as:

Discounts and special offers from Scenic-related companies
Conferences and classes

Meet the Guild Board

Tina YagerFounding Member

Tina (Nordquist) Yager has been working as a scenic artist for more than a decade. Like most scenic artists she has worked for dozens of companies, some favorites include: American Player’s Theatre, VEE Corporation, Children’s Theatre Company and Opera for the Young. She held a full time staff position as charge artist for the University of Iowa and it was here that she developed a love for teaching and mentoring. Currently living in Wisconsin, she is a scenic artist and lecturer for UW-Milwaukee and freelances throughout the state. She is proud to be a founding member of GoSA. tinayager.com

Lili PayneFounding Member

Lili Payne’s professional work can be seen across the country in museums, theatres, various commercial venues, and film. She has involved herself with communities around Minnesota, her home state, through numerous public art murals. 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. You can find her at www.gildedlili.com

Angelique PowersFounding Member

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, Mill City Opera and the Children’s Theatre Company;  her main focus is as the Scenic Charge Artist with Penumbra Theatre. She has also been pursuing a teaching career in scenic art as an Affiliate Faculty member at the UofMN,  and works with the students of Normandale College.  She was the first person to get an MFA in scenic art from Cal Arts, and holds a BA from Rockford University. qpowers.com

Rachael ClaxtonBoard Member

Originally out of Chicago, Rachael is currently the Charge Artist at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Since graduating from DePaul University, she has lived and worked across the country in theatre, television, and museum fabrication. Prior to her move to Louisville, Rachael was the Charge Artist at the Cleveland Play House, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Some of her other favorite projects include time spent with Lookingglass Theatre, Harpo Studios, the Paramount Network, and her annual work on the Humana Festival of New American Plays. You can see her most recent work at rachaelclaxton.com.

Scott GerwitzBoard Member

Scott loves to throw paint around. His company, Morpheus Murals, creates finishes and murals for restaurants all around the country. He is the charge artist at the Court Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, and Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. Currently, his longest job is teaching and working with the young artists at Loyola University Chicago. He was the charge artist at Steppenwolf Theatre for over 10 years. Scott received his MFA from Brandeis University and is a member of United Scenic Artists #829. morpheusmurals.com



Committee Volunteers

Sara Herman