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 thirteen 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', '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 was Head of the lighting design program at CalArts from 2006-2010, and has been head of the lighting program at Rutgers University- Mason Gross School of the Arts since 2016.


He is a volunteer fireman/EMT for the Chemical Engine Company in his community of Croton on Hudson, NY. Mr. Holder is a graduate of the University of Maine and the Yale School of Drama, and is the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Muhlenberg College.