Donald Holder

Don Holder is celebrated for his innovative lighting design in projects and productions ranging from opera to experimental theater to Broadway. Based in New York, he is on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, California) where he is Head of Lighting Design. His opera credits include Grendel (L.A. Opera and Lincoln Center Festival, NY), The Magic Flute (NYC Metropolitan Opera), Salome (Kirov Opera), Moby Dick (world premiere: Dallas Opera) and The End of The Affair (Houston Grand Opera). A selection of his acclaimed Broadway productions includes South Pacific (2008 Tony Award, Henry Hewes Award); Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark (Fall 2010); Promises, Promises; Come Fly Away; Oleanna; The Lion King (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards); Ragtime, Movin’ Out, Les Liasons Dangereuses, Gem of The Ocean, A Streetcar Named Desire, Juan Darien (all Tony nominated); Cyrano de Bergerac; Radio Golf; The Little Dog Laughed; Thoroughly Modern Millie; and The Boy From Oz. Holder has also designed at resident theaters across the United States. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.