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Dionne O'Dell
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Dionne O'Dell HeadsotAcademic Specialist
Education, Outreach and Engagement
Arts and Cultural Management

Dionne received an MA (summa cum laude) 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. 

For five years Dionne was the Associate Director of Education at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City where she trained NYC public school teachers to incorporate theatre into their classrooms, and directed students in the Lincoln Center Theater High School Intensive program productions. She also 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. For three years Dionne worked in Development at Lincoln Center Theater. This team was responsible for raising over $12 million annually through government, corporate, individual and foundation giving, and for executing numerous special events.

Dionne 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, Dionne has worked at the Boarshead Michigan Public Theater where she also produced the popular Boarshead Theater Dark Night Series; and in other regional theatre productions and industrial films. As a lyricist, Dionne has written numerous songs and has most recently collaborated with the Hurdman Brothers. In February 2010, Dionne’s short film script, Dreadful Sorry was awarded a $100,000 grant by the SC Film Commission. Dreadful Sorry was shot in March of 2011 on location in SC. Dionne served as an Associate Producer on the film and Chief Accountant. Dreadful Sorry is an Official Selection for the Orlando Film Festival/October 2013. Most recently, Dionne's play Stop Copying Me! played to hundreds of children at MSU's Summer Circle Theatre 2013. In fall of 2014 Dionne directed MSU FRESHMEN SHOWCASE for the theatre department.

Dionne is the Associate Director for Arts and Cultural Management, Undergraduate Program, where she advises ACM Minors, designs curriculum, and teaches for the ACM Minor and Graduate Program. She is the faculty mentor for the MSU collaboration with the 4th Wall Theatre Company, empowering students with special needs through a theatre residency.  You may also catch Dionne this year on local TV commercials for MSUFCU. Besides working at MSU, Dionne works as full time mom to Toby, 11, and Miranda, 8.

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