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. 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 now includes 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 has 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 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.