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Theater educator , Lighting designer

William W. O'Donnell, American theater educator, lighting designer. Achievements include founding producer of CalRep Pa.


O'Donnell, William W. was born on December 1, 1954 in Sharon, Pennsylvania, United States.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania State University, 1977. Master of Fine Arts, Wayne State University, 1979.


Assistant professor theatre Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, 1983—1986. Lighting designer Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, 1986—1987. Production manager New Works Festival, 1991—1993.

Resident lighting designer City Theatre, 1991—2002. Freelance lighting designer Pittsburgh Area, since 1992. Professor theatre California University Pennsylvania, since 1993.

Producer CalRep Pennsylvania, 1994—2003. Board directors Chartiers Valley Arts Council, Carnegie, Pennsylvania, 1990—1993.


  • Achievements include founding producer of CalRep Pa.


  • Other Work

    • Lighting designer (play) Major Barbara (Galway Arts Festival, 2003).


Executive committee Unitarian Universalist Church of Smithton, Pennsylvania, 2000—2003. Union delegate Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, California, 2003—2005. Member of American Civil Liberties Union, Safe Zone (founding member 1999—2005), Theatre Communications Group, United States Institute of Theatre Technology, Professional Association of Diving Instructors Diving Society, People for the American Way, Human Rights Campaign, Rainbow Alliance of California (faculty advisor 1997—2005, Service to Gay Community 2003), Alpha Psi Omega (life).


  • Other Interests

    Gay rights advocate, scuba diving.


Son of William W. and Dorothy A O'Donnell. Life partner Craig W. Eslep, November 24, 1987.

William W. Dorothy