The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design is presented by the Drama Desk, a committee of New York City theatre critics, writers, and editors. It honors the lighting designers of productions staged on Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, and for legitimate not-for-profit theaters.
It was not until the 21st Annual Drama Desk Awards in 1975 that a specific category for Outstanding Lighting Design was created. The first recipient in this category was Neil Peter Jampolis for Sherlock Holmes.
In 2009, the award was divided into two categories, one for plays and the other for musicals.
To date, Jules Fisher holds the record for most wins, with seven to his credit.