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Roy Lightner

Associate Artistic Director, Red Mountain Theatre

Roy Lightner is an award-winning theatre creator, director, choreographer, and educator. He recently joined the Musical Theatre Faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as an Assistant Professor. Previously, Roy served as the Associate Artistic Director for the Transcendence Theatre Company, and also on the Musical Theatre Faculty of Ithaca College. Additionally, Roy has taught courses at Arizona State University and Cornell University. His work as a creator, director and choreographer spans internationally including productions and immersive events for GOOGLE, Lincoln Center, the Stephen Sondheim Center, Transcendence Theatre Company, MTWichita, Music Theatre of Kansas City, Red Mountain Theatre, Geva Theatre, Cap Playhouse, Westin Playhouse, Depot Theatre, Kitchen Theatre, New Jersey Rep and more, totaling over 60 productions worldwide. Additionally, he currently serves as the Artistic Consultant for Red Mountain Theatre; were he conceived, directed, and choreographed the Grand Opening, and the Roaring 20s: An Immersive Theatrical Experience. As a performer, he has performed in every continent across the globe, and nationally in over 40 productions. As a national director for Dancers Inc., he toured the country as a speaker and masterclass teacher. Roy has taught at New York City’s Professional Performing Arts School, as well as created the contemporary/musical theatre dance program for the Astoria School of Fine Arts. His undergraduate degree comes from Oklahoma City University, and he received his Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts with a concentration in performance creation from Goddard College. He currently serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for the Alabama Conference of Theatre, as well as the Faculty Advisory Board for Mental Health and Wellness at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.