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2019 Tony Awards: Joseph Blakely Forbes Acceptance Speech

Stage Directions • Theatre Buzz • June 12, 2019

Joseph Blakely Forbes has been painting Broadway scenery for 40 years, including some of the most iconic sets ever put on stage. Here’s a video of Joseph Forbes accepting the 2019 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre:

In 1994, Forbes founded Scenic Art Studio, which quickly became the premiere scenic painting studio for Broadway scenery and now counts more than 350 Broadway productions in its work portfolio. In other words, if you’ve been to Broadway show at any point since 1979, when he first joined United Scenic Artists Local 829, there is a very good chance you’ve experienced his work. But it isn’t just his supreme mastery that sets him apart. In 2004, he established The Studio and Forum of Scenic Arts – a not-for-profit school that is helping to ensure a new generation of artisans have the skills and knowhow to carry his artform into the future. 

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