Volker Weinhart gained his first theatre experience at the Jahrhunderthalle Hoechst and the Neues Theater Frankfurt. He then took up touring work with large-scale productions (including Tina Turner and Michael Jackson). This was followed by an engagement at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden, where he was responsible not least for the lighting design of the musical "Grease" (Casey/Jacobs). At the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, he completed further training as a lighting master as well as a pyrotechnician and laser protection officer. In 1995 Volker Weinhart began working as a lighting inspector at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. In 2001 he took over as assistant to the technical director and has been head of the lighting department at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein since the 2004/05 season. As a lighting designer, he has since staged the concepts of renowned directors, choreographers and stage designers. Among the most important recent productions is his lighting and video concept for Dietrich W. Hilsdorf's production of "Der Ring des Nibelungen" (Wagner).