(1964, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Lighting designer Marc Heinz started his career in 1988 as a lighting director for Toneelgroep Amsterdam. After winning an award for two productions at Toneelgroep Amsterdam he became a freelance lighting designer in 1993.
He worked in countries like Belgium, Germany, Swiss, Austria, Spain, France, Saudi Arabia, Lithuania, Trinidad and Tobago, Russia, Italy, the U.S.A., the U.K., the UAE, Finland, Slovakia, India, Norway, Japan, Sweden Poland, Ireland, Denmark, Portugal, Israel and China.
He designed opera productions in Tokyo, New York , Antwerp, Paris, Basel, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Lodz, Beijing Köln, Hannover, Vienna, Munich, Mannheim, Berlin, Hamburg, Porto, St.Petersburg, Maastricht, Baden Baden, Düsseldorf, Vilnius, St.Moritz, Linz, Utrecht, Arnhem, Groningen, Bratislava, Warsaw, Edinburgh, Enschede, Copenhagen, Zurich, Tel Aviv and Poznan. The largest opera he designed was Aida in Stade de France (Paris) – it was presented for 85.000 spectators.
In 2010 an extensive lighting design by Marc Heinz was executed for the Polish pavilion in China. The pavilion was awarded with a silver medal for ‘the most creative presentation’ on the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.
In 2015 Marc made his debut in The Metropolitan Opera in New York.
In 2016 Marc designed the lights for the opening production of the 2016/2017 season in The Metropolitan Opera New York with Wagners ‘Tristan und Isolde’.
In 2013 and 2016 he designed the arena shows for the world tours of DJ Armin van Buuren, ‘Armin Only Intense’ and ‘Armin Only Embrace’. In May 2017 ‘The best of Armin Only’ was performed twice in the Amsterdam Arena for a 90.000 audience from 97 different countries
His lighting design for ‘Shrek, the musical’ won the 2013 Musical Award for ‘The best creative achievement for a large scale production’. In 2017 and 2018 Marc was nominated again for a Musical award for ‘Best scenography’. In 2020 he was awarded with the ‘Global Excellent Award for Best Lighting Design ‘and nominated for the ‘A’Design Award’.
In 2013 he also designed the lighting for the exhibitions ‘The story of the totem pole’ and ‘Desire for Mekka’. The first exhibition won the ‘International Design Excellence Award 2013′ and the second a ‘Merit Award 2013’.
In 2016 the exhibition ‘ZieZo Marokko’, which he made the lighting design for, won a silver International Design & Communication Award for the ‘Best Scenography for a Temporary Exhibition’.
He also worked on tv-productions, museum exhibitions, special events and musicals, such as “Mamma Mia!”, Shrek”, “Hairspray”, “Cinderella”, “Singing in the rain”, “The Sound of Music”, “Fame”, “Anatevka”, “Oliver!”, “Blood Brothers”, “Grease”, “Legally Blonde”, “Footloose”, “Flashdance, “Putting it together”, “Sweeney Todd”, Rembrandt the Musical”, The Pilots and “Into the Woods”.
Among the directors he worked with are Keith Warner, Andreas Kriegenburg, Herbert Wernicke, Mariusz Trelinski, Petrica Ionescu, Pierre Audi, Amon Miyamoto, Guy Cassiers, Alize Zandwijk, Wilfried Minks, Frank van Laecke, Jos Thie, Barbara Wysocka and Ken Caswell.
Marc Heinz is a member of United Scenic Artists USA and a professional member of The association of lighting designers, U.K.