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Sherri Leathers
2018 Mickey Miners Award Winner:
Sherri Leathers


Sherri Leathers has more than 20 years of experience in arts programming, with an emphasis on performances for school and family audiences. She joined Shaw Entertainment Group in 2017. First serving as a consultant, she is now working full-time as the agent for the Southeast region and supporting other aspects of its operations including artist acquisition, development and retention and a variety of special projects.

Most recently, Sherri enjoyed a 30-year tenure at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC.)  As Senior Director of Programming for Education, she curated the organization’s Season for Young People and created partnerships and residencies that aligned with the department’s programmatic goals.  Prior to her role in the education department, Sherri was the Director of Event Sales and Services for TPAC, working with a wide variety of artists, performing arts organizations and commercial clients, and managing a complex calendar for TPAC’s venues. She assisted in planning and managing Tennessee’s Bicentennial Arts and Entertainment Festival; a month-long celebration which commissioned and presented symphony, opera, theatre and dance companies from across the state.  She was a founding member of the board of directors of Tennessee Presenters, a Performing Arts Exchange (PAE) Juried Showcase panelist and assisted with project management for International Performing Arts for Youth’s (IPAY) three- year Dutch Pilot Project.  Sherri served a six-year term on the executive board of IPAY and as the Chair of its Showcase Selection Committee.

In 2018, Sherri was honored to receive IPAY’s highest award, the Mickey Miners Lifetime Achievement Award, given to a person who has made a significant impact on the field of performing arts for young audiences. Originally from Maryland, Sherri calls Franklin, Tennessee home where she lives with her husband and two daughters and enjoys yoga and hiking.

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