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Kenton Yeager

Professor – Lighting Design


Kenton has designed, produced or directed more than 700 productions for Theatre, Dance, Music, Industrials, Corporate Events, Festivals, Architecture, Youth Audiences and Touring Productions both nationally and internationally. He studied at Penn State University where he received his BFA in lighting Design in 1983.

His theatre lighting design credits include work for; Denver Theatre Center Co, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, St Louis Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Arizona Theater Co, Round House Theatre, Pioneer Theater, Folger Theater, Virginia Stage Co, Arden Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Asolo Theatre, PlayMakers Rep, Arkansas Rep, The Clarence Brown Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Pennsylvania Stage, Great River Shakespeare Festival, National Shakespeare Co, Camden Shakespeare Co and American Music Theatre Festival. 

He has designed concerts for Suzanne Vega, Dave Matthews, John Prine, They Might Be Giants, George Winston, The Kronos Quartet, Bobby McFerrin, The Roches, The Charles Mingus Big Band, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Slide Hampton, Canadian Brass, Jonny Clegg, James Carter, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Stephane Grappelli. 

Kenton has designed numerous corporate events including work for IBM, AIG International, The Olympic Ski Team and ESPN.

As an educator, Kenton created and heads (since 2001) the MFA program in entertainment lighting design at the University of Tennessee. Previously he served on the faculty at the Penn State, and was Chair/Artistic Director of Interlochen Arts Camps’ Department of Theater. He has taught over 100 master classes at more than 40 universities as well as workshops abroad in Germany, The Czech Republic, Vietnam, Austria, Mexico, France, Wales, India, and Holland. He is the owner/creator of Yeagerlabs, a company specializing in innovative ways of teaching theatre in the classroom; see what it’s about at

Foundational to all of his creative work and his teaching are his meditation and mindfulness practices. He is past president of the American Meditation Society and is a certified advanced practices meditation teacher. Here at UTK he heads the Mindfulness Community of Scholars and is the faculty advisor for the Mindfulness and Meditation club.

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