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Daniel MacLean Wagner is 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. Mr. Wagner holds the rank of Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, where he served as Professor of Lighting Design from 1990-2014 and Director of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies from 2001-2012.


Recent designs include: 

  • The Nutcracker

Round House Theatre

  • Bad Jews

Studio Theatre

  • Awake and Sing

Olney Theatre Center

  • Fool for Love

Round House Theatre

  • Freud's Last Session

Theatre J

  • Seminar                               

        Round House Theatre

  • Sweet and Sad                     

        Studio Theatre

  • That Hopey Changey Thing  

        Studio Theatre


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 (1988-2014) 

  • Lighting Consultant/Systems Designer


Board Member:

  • Helen Hayes Awards Board of Governors, Washington DC

  • Crossway Community, Kensington MD

  • St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Potomac MD

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