Donald Holder American lighting designer

Donald Holder American lighting designer

Donald Holder American lighting designer

Donald Holder is an American lighting designer in theatre, opera, and dance based in New York. He has been nominated for eleven Tony Awards, winning the 1998 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design as well as the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for The Lion King. He won a second Tony in 2008 for the revival of South Pacific.  His lighting design for Ragtime has been nominated for a 2010 Tony Awardfor Best Lighting Design of a Musical.

Broadway credits

Additional Broadway credits include: Big Fish, Annie (revival), Golden Boy, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Arcadia, The Motherf**cker With The Hat, Promises, Promises, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Radio Golf, The Little Dog Laughed, Movin’ Out, The Times They Are a-Changin’, A Streetcar Named Desire, Holiday,Cyrano de Bergerac, and Prelude to a Kiss. He was the theatrical lighting designer for seasons one and two of the NBC-Universal Television Series: ’Smash.’

University of Maine

Donald Holder studied forestry at the University of Maine, where he graduated from in 1980. He also worked for the Portland Stage Company in Maine. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama and is a student of Jennifer Tipton. He was the head of lighting design from 2006-2010 in the School of Theater at the California Institute of the Arts.

Awards and nominations

  • Juan Darien (1997) – Tony and Drama Desk Award Nominee, Best Lighting Design
  • The Lion King (1998) – Tony and Drama Desk Award Winner, Best Lighting Design
  • Movin’ Out (2003) – Tony and Drama Desk Award Nominee, Best Lighting Design
  • The Violet Hour (2004) – Drama Desk Award Nominee, Outstanding Lighting Design
  • Gem of the Ocean (2005) -Tony and Drama Desk Award Nominee, Best Lighting Design
  • A Streetcar Named Desire (2005) – Tony Award Nominee, Best Lighting Design of a Play
  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses (2008) – Tony Award Nominee, Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play
  • South Pacific (2008) – Tony Award Winner, Best Lighting Design of a Musical
  • Ragtime (2010) – Tony Award Nominee, Best Lighting Design of a Musical
  • Golden Boy (2013) – Tony Award Nominee, Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play
  • The Bridges of Madison County (2014) – Tony Award Nominee, Outstanding Lighting Design of a Musical
  • The King and I (2015) – Tony Award Nominee, Outstanding Lighting Design of a Musical

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