Rich Dionne

Rich Dionne

Associate Professor of Practice, Technical Direction // Rueff School // Theatre

Associate Professor of Practice // Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance

Coordinator of Design and Production // Rueff School // Theatre

Production Manager // Rueff School // Theatre

Office and Contact

Room: PAO 2187


Phone: (765) 494-3073

MFA, Purdue University
MA, Bucknell University
BA, Bucknell University


Technical Direction


Rich Dionne is an associate professor of practice faculty technical director, specializing in scenery automation and show control systems. Additionally, he mentors Multidisciplinary Engineering students concentrating in Theatre Engineering, and is the department production manager. He has a passion for both the art of theatre and the science and engineering of making theatre happen. Rich is a founding Faculty Fellow of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, and has served as the technical director for numerous productions in the Department of Theatre. Prior to coming to Purdue, Richard was the production manager and resident sound designer at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, where he mounted numerous productions at various indoor and outdoor venues, including a nationally-recognized educational touring company. Additionally, he has served as the technical director for Berkshire Theatre Festival, Alpine Theatre Project, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, and Dorset Theatre Festival, mounting critically-acclaimed productions including The Whipping Man, Barefoot in the ParkAmadeusNight of the IguanaAvenue QThe Illusion, and Death of a Salesman. Select sound design credits include the world premier of A Most Dangerous Woman (about the novelist George Eliot), The CrucibleThe Lion in WinterAccidental Death of an AnarchistLife of GalileoMacbethThe Glass Menagerie, and The Tempest at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; RedDoubtWait Until DarkTwelfth NightRomeo and Juliet and The Tempest at Human Race Theatre Company, Shadow of Greatness and Starr’s Last Tape, both at The Berkshire Theatre Festival; and Wintermezzo, an evening of new plays, at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville.

Rich is the author of Project Planning for the Stage: Tools and Techniques for Managing Extraordinary Performances (available from Southern Illinois University Press) and is co-author with Michael Gillette of the eighth edition of Theatrical Design and Production (available from McGraw-Hill). He is the Commissioner of Technical Production of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and an ETCP-Certified Theatre Rigger (#2928).


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