Steve  Holliday

Professor of Theatre

Office: Kimball 202H
Email: [[seholl]]
Phone: 757-221-2664

Areas of Specialization

Lighting Designer, Scenic Designer


Steve Holliday has been designing lighting, scenery and sound for over thirty years, in regional theatres across the country as well as New York City and Washington, D.C.  Some favorite designs during this time include lighting the Industrial Strength Festival for A-1 Collaborators in New York, Journey of Destiny for the Jamestown 400th Anniversary (broadcast on CBS Television), Holding Patterns at the Lincoln Center Theatre Lab, Fifth of July at the Studio Theatre in Washington, scenery and lighting for the English-language premiere of Josef Topol’s Hour of Love for the Embassy of the Czech Republic, lighting A Christmas Carol for Virginia Stage Company, scenery and lighting for Spring’s Awakening at American University, and both lighting and sound for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the Kennedy Center Theatre Lab. He lit both The Threepenny Opera and Measure for Measure, directed by Liviu Ciulei, in New York.  Among his design work for the William and Mary Theatre he remembers scenery for Arcadia and lighting for The Bakkhai, Amadeus, and As Bees in Honey Drown with particular pride; most recently he has lit The Comedy of Errors and Hamlet for the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, where he has been resident lighting designer since 1996.  He served as Chair of the Department of Theatre, Speech, and Dance from 2004-2009.

Steve has contributed significantly to both the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.  He served as the representative for the Design and Technology focus group in ATHE, and works extensively with the USITT Lighting Commission, currently as Vice Commissioner for Education.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Theatre Design and Technology, Introduction to Stage Lighting, Lighting Design, Stage and Production Management, Photography for the Theatre, Freshman Seminar

Student Advising

Freshmen, Theatre Majors, Practicum in Lighting Design