Rich is as passionate about teaching as he is about technology on stage. He continues to explore different approaches and philosophies related to teaching technology. In particular, he has a deep interest in the studio teaching model, project-based, and problem-based learning. In addition, he continues to explore instructional design topics fundamental to the studio model, such as habits of mind and the student portfolio, and their relationship to lifelong learning.
Rich (ETCP Certified Rigger - Theatre: #2928) has been a production manager or technical director for nearly two decades, at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersery, Dorset Theatre Festival, Weston Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Alpine Theatre Project, mounting critically-acclaimed productions including The Whipping Man, Barefoot in the Park, Amadeus, Night of the Iguana, Avenue Q, The Illusion, and Death of a Salesman.
Rich Dionne is an assistant professor of theatre in Purdue University's Department of Theatre, where he serves as the faculty technical director and production manager. He has a passion for both the art of theatre and the science and engineering of making theatre happen.
Rich's primary research interests are in control systems for live entertainment. This work has led to the development of two ongoing projects, IZZY (The Intelligent Scenery Simulation Platform), and the Bodies as Music dance collaboration with Kat Hickey and Renee Murray. Both of these projects explore the ways using sensory technologies in live performance can change the interactions amongst audience, performers, designers, and technology.