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a little about me

Molly Tiede is a professional Lighting Designer and Associate Lighting Designer. She has designed in NYC theaters such as the Gerald Lynch Theater, Abingdon Theater, The Sheen Center, DiCapo Opera, Abrons Arts Center, and theaters outside NYC; Boston Lyric Opera, Dayton Ballet, Colorado University in Boulder, Paramount Theater in NJ, Hettenhausen Center for the Arts in Saint Louis, and The Rose Wagner Theater in Salt Lake City. Additionally in NYC, she was the resident designer for The Marymount School of NYC, Westside YMCA, and Beautiful Soup Theater Co.  She has served as both associate and assistant with companies and theaters such as the Walter Kerr Theater-Broadway, The Vaudeville Theater-West End London, The Vineyard Theater, Signature Theater, The Labyrinth Theater Company, George Street Playhouse, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Boston Lyric Opera, Alley Theater, Tectonic Theater Project, 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. In Salt Lake City she was a lighting supervisor at Utah Valley University and designed with several companies in the Salt Lake City area on world premiere productions and with all female identifying producing teams. Molly retains a close relationship with McKendree University, her undergraduate alma mater, and frequently returns to design and mentor students.


As an event and festival lighting designer, Molly has worked with several event and festival companies across the country. She became a lead designer for Bentley Meeker Lighting and designed corporate events and private parties for the elite of NYC such as Facebook, Instagram, Brooklyn Half Marathon, Target, Conde Nast, Bentley Motorsports, Paul Frank, leading fashion designers, movie premieres and more. She was the designer for Hamilton’s Tony Awards after party at Tavern on the Green where she also designed sound for The Roots member: Questlove. Before becoming a lead designer with the company, she was the associate designer to the Creative Director of the company and was the associate for events such as Target’s Spectacular Event featuring John Legend, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chinese State Dinner event at The White House, The Whitney Museum Grand Opening also featuring the First Lady and Saturday Night Live’s 30th Anniversary Party at The Plaza Hotel as well as many others. Molly continues to be a freelance lighting designer for corporate events as well as design for music festivals.


On top of continuing her freelance design and associate work, Molly is also an Assistant Professor, Head of Lighting Design and Co-Head of Production Design and Technology at Ohio University. One of Molly’s passions is to work with beginning designers, preparing them for the industry and having the opportunity to bring them along with her on work outside of the university.

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