Diane Fargo


Senior Lecturer, Scene Painting


MFA, Brandeis University, Theatre Design




Diane Fargo joined the faculty at Boston University College of Fine Arts in 2001. She established the Scene Painting Certificate Program at the School of Theatre in 2008, and continues to serve as mentor. Classes include history of period styles, advanced drawing, and scene painting. She holds an MFA in Theater Design from Brandeis University and has worked for many reputable designers on productions in many theaters including The Roundabout, Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, CSC, Playwrights Horizons, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare, Fordʼs Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Houston Ballet, Alabama Shakespeare, Minnesota Opera, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Circle in the Square. She was Charge Artist on three national tours and provided interior decorative painting of the Skylight Opera Theater, store and window display and event decor for such companies as Tiffany and Co., IBM, Exxon, Valentinoʼs NYC, and Foxwoods, Bellagio, and Mohegan Sun casinos. Since 1988, she has been a consultant for paint products at Rosco Labs.

Fargo has taught set design and drafting at SUNY Albany, and scene painting at Cobalt Studios. In addition to Senior Lecturer in BU’s School of Theatre, she is adjunct faculty at Brooklyn and Ramapo Colleges, teaching courses in scene painting. Fargo was Charge Artist at the renowned Goodspeed Musicals for 19 years. In partnership with Goodspeed, she created a Scene Painting Intensive course now in its fifth year running.  In addition, in partnership with the Williamstown Theater Festival, she created a summer scene-painting intensive for staff and interns. She has also taught seminars for UNC School of the Arts’ Arts Intensive Week.

She has been Scenic Designer for Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s Report NYC political talk show, for MNN- sponsored Gale Brewer’s Town Hall Meeting at Columbia University, and set for the MNN/El Barrio Firehouse for Punta de Vista community television. Finally, Fargo has continued to develop an alternate career in interior design and renovation projects for numerous commercial and residential clients on NYC.

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