Jerome J. O'Donnell
Professor of Theatre
Jere O'Donnell is a professor of theatre at California State University, Stanislaus with a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from Temple University. Prior to moving to Turlock in 1986, Mr. O'Donnell worked throughout the United States and New York City as a professional actor, vocal coach and director. His courses at CSU Stanislaus include Introduction to Theatre, Acting for Non-Theatre Majors, Intermediate Acting, Advanced Acting, Directing, and Senior Seminar.
In addition to teaching acting and directing courses at the university, Mr. O'Donnell, together with his wife, Patricia, created two new theatrical venues in Turlock: Winter at the Carnegie Performance Series, which annually presents chamber theatre productions in the city's Carnegie Arts Center and: a Summer Arts Festival which included presentations from the music and arts departments as well. Performances at the Carnegie have included productions of The Fever, by Wallace Shawn; Love Letters, by A. R. Gurney; Faith Healer, by Brian Friel; A Room of One's Own, adapted from Virginia Woolf's lectures by Patrick Garland; Molly Sweeny, by Brian Friel and Richard III, by William Shakespeare. The summer theatre program staged Shakespeare's King Lear, Hamlet and Macbeth; Uncle Vanya, by Anton Chekov; The Dining Room, by A. R. Gurney; Loot, by Joe Orton; Molly Sweeny by Brian Friel; and Steven Berkoff's adaptation of The Fall of the House of Usher.
Mr. O'Donnell has directed numerous Theatre Department productions including American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) award-winning productions of Marat Sade and Turn of the Screw. He is a recipient of the American College Theatre Festival's "Excellence In Theatre Education" award and Certificate of Honor for "Excellence in Performing Arts" from the Stanislaus Arts Council.
In November of 2011, Mr. O'Donnell directed Dennis Kelly's Debris, which received KCACTF's highest recognition when the production was selected to be one of four shows that were performed at the KCACTF National Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.