Angelo O’Dierno came to Rockford University in 2012, as an assistant professor of the performing arts with an emphasis in scenic and lighting design. He finds his greatest enjoyment as an educator is the mentoring of young designers and helping them to develop into thoughtful, caring, and artistic individuals.
Angelo earned his MFA in lighting design from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, and his BFA in technical theatre with from the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay, Wis.
Prior to graduating from UW-Green Bay, Angelo began working professionally, during the summers, as the Lighting Designer for Rock Valley College’s musical theatre venue Starlight Theatre in Rockford. Upon graduating from the University of Utah, he accepted the full-time position of administrator of technical direction and lighting design for Rock Valley College’s Starlight and Studio Theatres. During his time there, along with his technical direction and teaching responsibilities, with a little performing as well, he designed the lighting for more than 112 shows.
After leaving Rock Valley, Angelo worked as the Shop Supervisor at Elgin Community College in Elgin. There he oversaw the lighting for the ECC Arts Center’s Touring Artist series, taught technical theatre classes, designed lighting and scenery for productions in both the Second Space and Blizzard Theatre, and designed lighting for multiple dance companies.
Angelo is an active member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and is on the Light Lab Committee. He is also the coordinator of equipment and educational challenges for USITT’s Light Lab Studio. He loves this opportunity to learn about the newest lighting equipment on the market and develop skill challenges for students and professionals who want to improve their knowledge of modern stage lighting.
Since 2007, he has regularly designed the lighting and scenery for Artists’ Ensemble Theatre, where he will bring his design students to assist him. This has often resulted in his students being offered their first professional design contract with Artists’ Ensemble, and he couldn’t be happier.
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