Tony-winning lighting designer Donald Holder to visit Rice

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Katharine Shilcutt

Tony-winning lighting designer Donald Holder to visit Rice

HOUSTON – (Oct. 31, 2018) – Donald Holder, the renowned theatrical lighting designer behind “The Lion King” and scores of other Broadway productions, will deliver a lecture at Rice University and demonstrate some of the methods he has mastered during his decadeslong career in American theater.

Donald HolderThe Rice University Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts (VADA) will host Holder as part of its Arts in Humanities Lecture Series Nov. 13 at 12:15 p.m. at Hamman Hall. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will include lunch and will be followed by hands-on demonstrations of the techniques Holder will discuss.

Holder, the head of lighting design at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, has worked extensively in the U.S. and abroad as a lighting designer for television, theater, opera, dance and Broadway performances. He has been nominated for 13 Tony Awards, winning in 1998 for “The Lion King” and in 2008 for the revival of “South Pacific.” His recent and upcoming Broadway productions include “Tootsie,” “Bullets Over Broadway,” Spiderman Turn Off the Dark,” “Fiddler On The Roof,” “The Bridges Of Madison County,” “On The Twentieth Century,” “Ragtime” and “Movin’ Out.”

Holder’s lecture will convey the psychological and physiological aspects of light and how a lighting designer manipulates the medium to evoke a particular response. Following the lecture, audience members will be encouraged to participate in Holder’s lighting demonstrations.


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About Katharine Shilcutt

Katharine Shilcutt is a media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.