Daniel MacLean Wagner

Daniel MacLean Wagner
Cluster: 
Dance/Theatre Design and Production
Academic Rank: 
Professor Emeritus

Daniel MacLean Wagner was Professor of Lighting Design at the University of Maryland from 1990-2014, where he served as Director of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies from 2001-2012. He remains active as a lighting designer based in the Washington, DC area. He has designed more than 400 productions at many theaters, including The Shakespeare Theatre Company, The John F. Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, Round House Theatre, Signature Theatre, Theatre of the First Amendment, Horizons Theatre, Potomac Theatre Project, The Rep Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, National Players, Olney Theatre Center, New Repertory Theatre, Boston Lyric Opera, Portland Stage, Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Arden Theatre Company, and several Off-Broadway theaters. Mr. Wagner is an eight-time recipient of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lighting Design, for which he has been nominated twenty-eight times; he has also been a nominee for the Barrymore Award in Philadelphia. 

Education/Training:

M.A., Design/Technical Theatre, University of Maryland, 1982; B.A., Dramatic Arts, University of Maryland, 1979

Areas of Specialization/Interest:

Lighting Design; Producing

Professional Affiliations:

Lighting Designer, United Scenic Artists Local 829
Resident Lighting Designer, Olney Theatre Center (1992-2012)
Artistic Associate, Signature Theatre (1996-2010)
Associate Artist, Round House Theatre (2003-2012)
Resident Lighting Designer, The Studio Theatre (1986-1998)
Producer and Production Designer, Helen Hayes Awards (1988-present)
Lighting Consultant/Systems Designer
Board Member:
Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive (WAPAVA)
National Theatre Corporation

Representative Productions:

Recent designs include:
'Freud's Last Session' 
Theatre J

'This'
'Seminar'
Round House Theatre

'The Apple Family Plays'
Studio Theatre

Representative Publications/Research Activities:

Again and Again: The Legacy of Washington Theatre, Washington Theatre Awards Society, 1988.

Honors and Awards:

Eight-time recipient of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lighting Design, for which he has been nominated twenty-eight times; Creative and Performing Arts Award, College of Arts and Humanities, 1997; Individual Artist Fellowship, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, 1992, 1996.