Faculty & Staff

Donald Holder
Head of Lighting Design, Professor
Degrees & Accomplishments
MFA Yale School of Drama
BS University of Maine at Orono

Donald Holder has worked extensively in theater, opera, dance, architectural, film, and television lighting in the United States and abroad for over 25 years. He has designed 59 Broadway productions, has been nominated for 14 Tony awards, winning the Tony for Best Lighting Design for The Lion King and for the 2008 revival of South Pacific. His recent Broadway productions include TootsieKiss Me, KateMy Fair LadyOslo, Straight White MenAnastasiaBullets Over BroadwaySpider-Man: Turn Off The DarkShe Loves MeFiddler On The RoofThe Bridges Of Madison CountyThe King and I (Lincoln Center Theatre), On The Twentieth CenturyGolden BoyCome Fly AwayRagtime, and Movin’ Out. Projects at The Metropolitan Opera include ChampionPorgy and BessSamson et Dalilah, Otello, Julie Taymor’s production of The Magic Flute, and Two Boys (also at the English National Opera). He has worked at most of the nation’s leading resident theaters, including Baltimore’s Center Stage, Arena Stage, The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Holder has designed over 100 Off-Broadway productions, including the premieres of Jitney, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Jeffrey, Sight Unseen, The American Plan, Spunk, Three Days of Rain, A Man of No Importance, The Last Letter, Pterodactyls, and many others. His television and film work includes the theatrical lighting for Spirited (Apple Studios), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Seasons 4 and 5), Smash (NBC DreamWorks), and for the Warner Brothers feature film Oceans 8. Holder was head of the lighting design program at the California Institute of the Arts from 2006 to 2010, was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Muhlenberg College, and is a graduate of the University of Maine and the Yale University School of Drama.