With over 35 years of experience behind the scenes in performing arts, Russell Leavitt has been engaged
in production at both the professional and academic level.
His past work includes scenic design for The Colored Museum at the African-American Shakespeare Company in San Francisco, Little Shop of Horrors and The Night No One Died at the Edward James Olmos Teatro de las Americas,
West Hills College where he was also Technical Director, and instructor of theater design, lighting,
sound and video production.
His set and lighting design experience extends into television, designing 12 seasons
of the Through Our Eyes, Create your Nature, and The 411, children and youth programming series on PBS television where he directed programs for television as well as the Urban America Network and the Black Family Channel.
Mr. Leavitt studied film and television at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco
while working in the industry with clients from Lucasfilm.
He earned a BA in Art with an emphasis in Computer Art from California State University.
He is the lighting designer for the annual choreographer’s dance concerts at San Francisco City College
and the Technical Director for Reel Pride Film Festival in Fresno California for the past 20 years.
Currently, he teaches animation and virtual reality in 19 countries through Udemy
while in production on animated film shorts.