Born in Amsterdam, he started his career in 1988 as lighting director for Toneelgroep Amsterdam. In 1993 he became a freelance lighting designer.
He has designed for the Royal Flemish Theatre (Bruxelles), Royal Dutch Theatre (Antwerp), NTG (Gent), The National Theatre (The Hague), Het Paleis (Antwerp), Ro Theater (Rotterdam), Holland Festival, Wiener Festwoche, Early Music Festival (Utrecht), Opera Ahoy, and The National Tour Opera.
He worked in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, France, the USA, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Lithuania, Trinidad and Tobago, Russia, Italy, the UK, Slovakia, India, Norway, Poland, Ireland, Denmark, Portugal, Israel, Finland, and China.
He has designed for opera houses in: Rotterdam, Antwerp, Paris, Basel, Amsterdam, NYC, Łódź, Cologne, Hannover, Vienna, Munich, Mannheim, Berlin, Hamburg, Porto, St. Petersburg, Maastricht, Baden-Baden, Düsseldorf, Vilnius, St. Moritz, Linz, Utrecht, Arnhem, Groningen, Bratislava, Warsaw, Edinburg, Enschede, Copenhagen, Zurich, Tel Aviv, and Poznań.
The largest opera production Marc Heinz worked on was Verdi’s Aida staged at the Stade de France in Paris for a 85000-strong audience.
In 2013 he worked on the show Armin Only Intense for the world tour of DJ Armin van Buuren, one of the best DJs and music producers of the day. Also in 2013 Marc Heinz designed lighting for the exhibition The Story of the Totem Pole, which won the International Design Excellence Award 2013 and Merit Award 2013.
His lighting for Shrek the musical was named the best artistic achievement in large-scale music production of the year 2013 in the Netherlands.
In January 2015 he made a debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, with the lighting design for Iolanta & The Blue Beard’s Castle directed by Mariusz Treliński. Marc Heinz also designed the lighting for the Polish pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai. The pavilion was named the second best creative showcase of the fair.
He has contributed to a range of first-class TV productions, museum exhibitions, special events, and musical shows, including Shrek, Hairspray, Mamma Mia, Singing in the Rain, The Sound of Music, Fame, Anatevka, Oliver!, Blood Brothers, Grease, Legally Blonde, Cinderella, Footloose, Flashdance, and Rembrandt. Among the directors he has worked with are: Keith Warner, Andreas Kriegenburg, Herbert Wernicke, Mariusz Treliński, Petrica Ionescu, John Yost, Pierre Audi, Amon Miyamoto, Guy Cassiers, Alize Zandwijk, Wilfried Minks, Frank van Laecke, Jos Thie, and Ken Caswell.
He is a member of the United Scenic Artists (USA) and the Association of Lighting Designers (UK).
Photo: archive of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera