Richard E. Donnelly

Richard E

Professional Specialist
BFA, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
MFA, Art Institute of Chicago/Goodman School of Drama

Phone: 574-631-5958

Area of specialization: Costume Design and Construction, Stage Makeup

Classes: Film and Fashion: The Renaissance, Rococo, and Regency; Theatrical Production – Costume Technology; Broadway Theatre Experience; Costume Design; Makeup for the Stage; Historic Fashion: The Greeks to the Victorians; Draping and Flat Patternmaking

Richard E. Donnelly has been a member of the FTT theatre faculty for 26 years. He has worked as a costume designer, costume technician, and costume shop manager at many university and regional theatres including Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theatre, The McCarter Theatre, The Old Globe Theatre, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, and the Alley Theatre. He has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences and symposia, including: Arts in Society (2014, Rome, Italy), The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (2013, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 2012, Long Beach, California), Design Principles and Practices (2011, Rome, Italy), The Athens Institute for Education and Research (2010, Athens, Greece), The Costume Society of America (2009, Lincoln, Nebraska), and The Costume Society of England (2008, Cardiff, Wales). In 2011, Rick was awarded a United States Institute for Theatre Technology Fellowship to research the design work of costume and scenic designer Desmond Heeley, a continuing project he began in 2004.  Rick has taught in the Notre Dame London Undergraduate Program in the summer 2011 and during the spring semester 2015. Rick has designed the costumes for two feature films: Suspended Animation (2001) and The Looking Glass (2014). Rick is a proud member of the United Scenic Artists and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees unions.