Donald Holder has worked extensively in Theatre, Opera, Dance, Architectural and Television lighting in the US and abroad for over 30 years. He has designed 58 Broadway productions and has been nominated for fourteen Tony awards, winning the Tony for Best Lighting Design for 'The Lion King' in 1998, and for the 2008 revival of 'South Pacific'. Recent Broadway productions include: 'Tootsie', 'Kiss Me Kate', 'Anastasia', 'My Fair Lady', 'Oslo', 'Straight White Men','She Loves Me', 'Fiddler On The Roof', 'The King and I', 'On The Twentieth Century' and many others. Projects at the NY Metropolitan Opera include 'Porgy and Bess', 'Samson et Delilah', 'Otello', 'The Magic Flute' and the premiere of 'Two Boys'. He has worked at most of the nation's leading resident theatres, and has designed over 100 Off-Broadway productions. His television/film work includes the theatrical lighting for seasons one and two of 'Smash' (NBC- Dreamworks), 'Oceans 8' (Warner Brothers Pictures) 'The Bad Witch' (HBO Max), and 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' (Amazon).
Mr. Holder’s architectural lighting projects include the refurbishment (conversion to all LED light) at St Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre, NY, Bond 45 and Patio at the Edison Hotel, Congregation Shaare Zedek on 93rd St.- NYC, Dance Theatre Workshop- West 19th St. NYC, Sony Plaza’s Public Spaces and the Sony Wonder Technology Lab, AT and T’s Interactive Communications Gallery in Bedminster, NJ, The America’s Smithsonian Exhibition (touring 12 cities across the United States), and several restaurants in midtown Manhattan, including the Redeye Grill and The Brooklyn Diner .
Holder was Head of the lighting design program at CalArts from 2006-2010, and currently leads the lighting program at Rutgers University- Mason Gross School of the Arts. He is a graduate of the University of Maine and the Yale School of Drama, and the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Arts Degree from Muhlenberg College.