It is no secret that the balance between a touring career and home life can be delicate. Our panel of experienced tour veterans will share with you their ideas and methods of dealing with the obstacles of travel and long periods of being away from home.

Speakers: Sooner Routhier, Erik Leighty, Mark Oglesby

Sooner RouthierSooner Routhier, a native of the Northeast Kingdom in Northern Vermont, is a production designer and co-owner of SRae Productions. Throughout her career she has also worked as a lighting designer and lighting director for various productions and events including modern dance, theatre, and concert touring.

She spent the beginning of her career working in Southern New Hampshire as a lighting director and technician for Rainbow Concert Productions while moonlighting as a creative director for the non- profit Tandem Dance Company. After being hired on her first tour as lighting designer for the band, Chevelle, she has continued to tour for various rock and pop artists including Rage Against the Machine, The All American Rejects, Rhianna, and Bon Jovi. As a production designer, Sooner has created video, scenic, pyro, and lighting designs for many artists including Motley Crue, KISS, Justin Moore, Disturbed and most recently, The Weeknd. In 2012 she had the privilege of designing the lighting for eight sold out Jay Z shows to open the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. More recently, she worked with Annerin Productions as a lighting and scenic designer for their production of the Australian Bee Gees.

She holds a BFA in Technical Theater from Emerson College. She also serves as a board member on the Arts and Communications Academy for North Country Union High School in Northern Vermont.

erikleightyErik Leighty has been touring since 1998 with artists such as Alice In Chains, Rob Zombie and Staind. He has spent the last 7 years touring with Paramore and most recently, Miranda Lambert.

He married his wife Bethany in 2007 and in 2008 they had their first son. In 2012, they welcome their second son. Touring with Paramore kept him on the road over 250 days per year some years, which proved challenging with two young boys at home. Touring full time with a family proved to be a delicate balancing act, which eventually led him to join the Miranda tour, where he could be home more to spend quality time with his family.