Nolan O’Dell

Nolan O’Dell
Teaching Assistant Professor of Entertainment Design & Production
109 Messick Theatre Arts Center
Mail Stop 553
East Carolina University


Nolan O’Dell is an award-winning designer of scenery for plays, musicals, and opera.  For over twenty years he has served as a Resident Designer for Porthouse Theatre, a professional summer theatre located south of Cleveland, Ohio, in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. As a scenic artist and props artisan Nolan has worked on Broadway productions including Beauty and the Beast, the Lion King, and Titanic as well as Universal Studios Florida attractions including the Cat and the Hat Ride and Twister attraction.  Most recently Nolan was the resident scenographer and technical theatre teacher at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, a Grammy Award winning performing arts high school in Jacksonville, Florida.  He holds an MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BFA in Technical Theatre-Design and Production from Kent State University.

Education: MFA in Scenic Design, University of Wisconsin-Madison; BFA in Theatrical Theatre-Design & Production, Kent State University

Courses: Scenery Design, Production, Intro to Theatre, Technical Theatre Lab