Dionne O'Dell

Dionne O'Dell

Fellow, Internal Advisory Committee

Associate Director of Arts and Cultural Management
Outreach and Engagement Theatre



Dionne O'Dell is currently the Associate Director of Arts and Cultural Management at Michigan State University, and faculty for the Department of Theatre.  Dionne served on the committee that developed the new Arts and Cultural Management Minor that launched in 2013, and a MA program with its first cohort of students in fall of 2015. She received an MA in Theatre Education from the University of South Carolina in 2000 and a BA in Theatre and English (magna cum laude) from Central Michigan University in 1993.

As the Associate Director of Education at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City, O'Dell trained school teachers to bring theatre into their classrooms and directed student productions. She designed curriculum for numerous stage productions including: QED, starring Alan Alda, and Kevin Kline in the Shakespeare Thing, both for Lincoln Center Theater and OTHELLO, for the Aquila Theatre Company’s Shakespeare in American Communities program supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. O'Dell managed the theatre's development team, which raised more than $12 million annually through donations and special events.

O'Dell has published articles on classical theatre in the English Journal and her plays and screenplays include: Stop Copying Me!, Everything Yesterday, Phosphates and Fistfights, Make Me Famous, Emerge, Bottom’s Dream and Dreadful Sorry. As a performer, O'Dell worked at the Boarshead Michigan Public Theater where she produced the popular Boarshead Theater Dark Night Series.

In addition to being the Academic Advisor and Outreach Director for the DOT, O'Dell teaches in the Arts Management program and designed curriculum for the new Arts Management MA & Minor. She is also directing the MSU Freshman Showcase.


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