Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Visual and Performing Arts/PAO
Rich Dionne is an Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts, specializing in scenery technology and engineering. He completed his MFA thesis in pedagogy of theatre technology at Purdue in 2011, and an MA (1998) and a BA (1995) in English from Bucknell University. He has engineered and managed the build of scenery for a number of critically-acclaimed productions across the country; additionally, he served as the production manager for one of the largest Shakespeare festivals in the US, overseeing the production of a large number of complex and compelling productions. Prior to his advancement to Assistant Professor, he taught courses as a lecturer in the Department of Theatre at Purdue beginning in 2004.
Rich's research interests include automation and control systems for live entertainment. His research involves examining how emergent developments in physical computing, microelectronics, and hacker culture can contribute to and expand the possibilities for automation and control systems onstage beyond traditional logic-controller-based solutions. At Purdue, he will continue to teach a sequence of courses for MFA candidates in mechanical and structural design, automation system design, and control network design, as well as a new sequence of undergraduate courses in microelectronics and data communications for theatre, among others.