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Scott Leathers

Resident Lighting Designer


Scott Leathers, Resident Lighting Designer

Scott Leathers has served as the Resident Lighting Designer for Nashville Ballet since 1987. Before serving in this position, he was Nashville Ballet’s Production Stage Manager for more than 11 years and Production Manager for six years.

He has also served as the Resident Lighting Designer for Nashville Children’s Theatre since 2003, and previously held the same title for the Kentucky Repertory Theatre, the Ryman Auditorium's Musical Theatre Series, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and Ballet TN. 

He periodically serves as interim Lighting Director for the Ryman Auditorium.

Mr. Leathers has designed lighting for theatre, opera, ballet and modern dance since 1981 to critical acclaim. Many of his designs have been for original works. His design experience includes work with performing arts organizations such as the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Opera Omaha, Studio West Dance Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet, Theatre Craft, Stage One, American Negro Playwrights Theatre, Amun Ra Theatre, Musical Theatre Louisville, Karen Steele Dance Quintet, Ballet Omaha, Ballet Austin, Cumberland County Playhouse and Dollywood. He has also worked internationally with performing arts organizations such as Tanz Ensemble Cathy Sharp (TECS-Switzerland) and Ballet Manila (Philippines). 

He has taught lighting design at the college level as well as leading over 30 workshops on the topic. He has also designed scenery for many productions. He recently enjoyed lighting a gallery installation for sculptor Alan LeQuire.

He has also designed scenery for numerous productions including Nashville Ballet’s productions of  Robin Hood, Postcards from the Boys, The Bell Witch, Harvest Home, Western Stars and Fête Champêtre.

Mr. Leathers graduated from the College of Santa Fe with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in technical theatre and is a member of United Scenic Artists.