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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 13 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, The Bridges of Madison County, Bullets Over Broadway and many others. Projects at the NY Metropolitan Opera include Rigoletto (2022), 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 two seasons of “Smash” (NBC - Dreamworks), Oceans 8 (Warner Brothers Pictures), “The Bad Witch” (HBO Max), and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon). Mr. Holder is an Associate Professor and head of the lighting program at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts.


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Donald Holder Awards and Nominations

Obie Awards - 2018 - Design Award

Donald HolderHe Brought Her Heart Back in a Box

Tony Awards - 2014 - Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Donald Holder, The Bridges of Madison County

The Hewes Awards - 2008 - Lighting Design

Donald Holder, Cyrano de Bergerac

The Hewes Awards - 2008 - Lighting Design

Donald Holder, Les Liaisons Dangereuses

The Hewes Awards - 2008 - Lighting Design

Donald Holder, South Pacific

Tony Awards - 2008 - Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Donald Holder, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific

Tony Awards - 2008 - Best Lighting Design of a Play

Donald Holder, Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Lighting Design of a Play

Donald Holder, A Streetcar Named Desire

Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Lighting Design

Donald Holder, Observe the Sons of Ulster

The Lortels - 2003 - Outstanding Lighting Design

Donald Holder, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

The Hewes Awards - 1998 - Lighting Design

Donald Holder, The Lion King

Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Lighting Design

Donald Holder, The Lion King

Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Lighting Design

Doanld HolderJuan Darient: A Carnival Mass

Tony Awards - 1997 - Best Lighting Design

Donald Holder, Juan Darien

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Tickets for THE LION KING at the the Ohio Theatre on Sale Now

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Lincoln Center Theater's CORRUPTION to Offer $39 Tickets as Part of Digital Lottery

Lincoln Center Theater is launching an online ticket lottery for its production of CORRUPTION. Learn about ticket costs and more about the production here.

The 92nd Street Y, New York's 150th Anniversary Dance Season Presents Ballet Hispánico In A Night Of Historic And New Works

The 92nd Street Y, New York's 150th anniversary dance season continues with Ballet Hispánico – the nation's largest Latinx/Latine/Hispanic cultural organization and one of America's Cultural Treasures – in a night of historic and new works.

Review: THE KING AND I, Dominion Theatre

What is classic for some feels dated to others. Those who were horrified by Daniel Fish’s starkly stripped back version of Oklahoma! should rush to the Dominion Theatre for something much more traditional. After a UK tour, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I settles in for a brief six week run.

THE LION KING Returns to Portland This Fall

Disney Theatrical Group and Broadway in Portland have announced that, in response to the recent weather-related performance cancellations of Disney’s The Lion King, the North American tour will return to Keller Auditorium in Portland for a two-week engagement in Fall 2025.

Video: Associate Choreographer Christopher Jackson Explores The Dance in Lyric Opera's CHAMPION

In an all-new video, Associate Choreographer Christopher Jackson discusses the gumbo of dance found in Terence Blanchard's CHAMPION.

Review: THE LION KING at Keller Auditorium

The reason this musical is the third-longest running in Broadway history (and that its Portland tour stop is three weeks rather than the typical one week) is because it’s truly magical.

Photos: See John Behlmann, Saffron Burrows & More in Rehearsals for CORRUPTION at Lincoln Center Theater

Check out rehearsal photos for Corruption at Lincoln Center Theater!

VIDEO: Director James Robinson on Blanchard's CHAMPION

Learn about the world champion boxer and see how his story inspired Grammy Award-winning composer Terence Blanchard's first foray into opera in this interview with director James Robinson in an all-new video.

Casting Announced For Disney's THE LION KING At Segerstrom Center For The Arts

Casting has been announced for Disney's The Lion King at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Get the details on the upcoming production.

Last Chance to Vote for the BWW Minneapolis / St. Paul Awards; Voting Ends 12/31

It's the final week left to vote for the 2023 BroadwayWorld Minneapolis / St. Paul Awards! Voting ends on 12/31 at midnight. Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

John Behlmann, Saffron Burrows & More to Star in CORRUPTION at Lincoln Center Theater

Lincoln Center Theater has revealed the cast for its upcoming production of CORRUPTION, a new play by J.T. Rogers, directed by Bartlett Sher.

Auditions to be Held for Toronto Production Of Disney's THE LION KING

Audition information is now available online for the new Toronto production of Disney’s The Lion King.

2 Weeks to Vote for the BWW Minneapolis / St. Paul Awards; NEXT TO NORMAL, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, Ashland Productions & More Lead!

There's just two weeks left to vote and we have the latest standings as of Monday, December 18th for the 2023 BroadwayWorld Minneapolis / St. Paul Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

What You Need to Know About Blanchard and Cristofer's CHAMPION at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago is presenting the Lyric premiere of Grammy Award-winning composer Terence Blanchard and Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning librettist Michael Cristofer’s knockout opera Champion. Learn more about this opera!

MY FAIR LADY Comes to the Benedum Center in January

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced that the Lincoln Center Theater's critically acclaimed production of Lerner & Loewe's MY FAIR LADY is coming to Pittsburgh on January 30 to February 4, 2024, at the Benedum Center, 237 7th Street. 

MY FAIR LADY Comes to Popejoy Hall in March

Popejoy Presents Broadway in New Mexico is pleased to announce that the Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY is coming to Albuquerque March 21 – March 24, 2024 for six performances at Popejoy Hall.

BroadwayWorld Minneapolis / St. Paul Awards; NEXT TO NORMAL, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, Ashland Productions & More Lead!

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Celebrate The 150th Anniversary Season Of 92NY With A Night Of Historic And New Works Presented By Ballet Hispánico

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Donald Holder FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Donald Holder has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. Some of his notable nominations include Best Lighting Design of a Musical at the Tony Awards for shows like Paradise Square, My Fair Lady, The King and I, The Bridges of Madison County, Ragtime, and Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific. He has also received nominations for Best Lighting Design of a Play at the Tony Awards for Oslo, Golden Boy, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, A Streetcar Named Desire, Gem of the Ocean, and Juan Darien. Holder has been recognized for his outstanding lighting design by the Outer Critics Circle Awards, Drama Desk Awards, and The Lortels. He has also won Design Awards at the Obie Awards and The Hewes Awards. Additionally, he was named Best Lighting Designer at the Olivier Awards for his work on The Lion King.

Donald Holder has won several awards for his lighting design work in various Broadway shows. Some of his notable awards include the Design Award (Obie Awards) for "He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box," Lighting Design (The Hewes Awards) for "Cyrano de Bergerac," "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," and "South Pacific." He also won the Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Tony Awards) for "Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific." Holder has received Outstanding Lighting Design awards from the Drama Desk Awards for "The Violet Hour," "Observe the Sons of Ulster," "Movin' Out," and "The Lion King." He also won the Outstanding Lighting Design (The Lortels) for "Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme." In addition, he received the Best Lighting Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) and the Best Lighting Design (Tony Awards) for "The Lion King." These are just a few of the awards that Donald Holder has won for his exceptional lighting design work on Broadway.

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