Lighting Design Faculty
Molly Tiede is a professional Lighting Designer and Associate Lighting Designer. She returns to Ohio University after graduating in 2012 with an MFA in Lighting Design. Since she left the steps of Kantner Hall, Molly has been a designer and associate with many productions across the country. She has served as both associate and assistant to several leading designers in the lighting industry. She has worked as an associate in theaters such as; Walter Kerr Theater, The Vineyard Theater, Signature Theater, Labyrinth, George Street Playhouse, Indiana Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, Boston Lyric Opera, The Alley Theater, The Old Globe in San Diego, The Santa Fe Opera, Roundabout Theater Company, Berkshire Theater Group, Gotham Chamber Opera, Opera Colorado and Two River Theater. Molly obtained residencies as a designer in NYC at The Marymount School of NYC, Westside YMCA children’s company, and Beautiful Soup Theater Co. She has designed in several NYC theaters such as; Gerald Lynch Theater, Abingdon Theater, The Sheen Center, DiCapo Opera, Abrons Arts Center, as well as theaters outside NYC; Colorado University in Boulder, Paramount Theater in NJ, Hettenhausen Center for the Arts in Saint Louis and The Rose Wagner Theater in SLC. She has had the opportunity to design several world premiere plays and dance performances in NYC and SLC.
During her time in NYC, she took a break from theater to design for a large corporate event company, Bentley Meeker. Starting with the company as an Associate to the Creative Director, she was able to quickly climb the ladder to Designer and lead a production team. Throughout her time in events, she was able to assist and design corporate events and private parties for the elite of NYC such as; Facebook, Instagram, movie premieres, Brooklyn Half Marathon, Target, leading fashion designers and more. She was the designer for Hamilton’s Tony Awards after party where she also designed sound for The Roots member: Questlove. Molly also had the opportunity to be the associate for an event at The White House for First Lady Michelle Obama, Saturday Night Live’s 30th Anniversary Party and The Whitney Museum Grand Opening also featuring the First Lady.
Before returning to the steps of Kantner Hall and after moving from NYC, Molly had a short stay in Denver where she worked with Opera Colorado and has since remained as their resident associate lighting designer. She then lived in Salt Lake City where she was a lighting supervisor and mentor at Utah Valley University and designed with several companies in the Salt Lake City art scene. Molly retains a close relationship with McKendree University, where she attended as an undergraduate and frequently returns to design, serve as master electrician, and mentor lighting students.