Donald (Don) Marinelli

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • Carnegie Mellon University, Entertainment Technology Center, Co-Director and Executive Producer

Other Affiliation(s):

  • Associate Professor


  • SIGGRAPH 2010

    Don Marinelli, professor of Drama and Arts Management, is the executive producer of Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center, a joint initiative between the College of Fine Arts and the School of Computer Science. The initiative brings artists and technologists together to produce installations that entertain, inform, inspire, or otherwise affect an audience, guest, player, or participant.

    Over the past 29 years, he has served various roles at Carnegie Mellon, including co-creator of the Master of Arts Management Program, co-creator of the Master of Fine Arts in Acting degree program with the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia, and co-founder (with Randy Pausch) of the Master of Entertainment Technology Degree Program. He holds degrees from the University of Tampa and Duquesne University, and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.

    His book, The Comet and the Tornado, published this year, recounts the six years he and Pausch shared an office and created the center that has become recognized internationally as Carnegie Mellon’s “Dream Fulfillment Factory”.

    SIGGRAPH 1997

    Don Marinelli (Lecturer) is Co-Director of the new Entertainment Technology Center in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science. He is also a tenured Associate Professor of Drama and Arts Management in the College of Fine Arts and the H J Heinz Ill School of Public Policy and Management Prior to accepting the position in the School of Computer Science, Dr. Marinelli was the Associate Head of CMUs Drama Department for fourteen years where he teaches theater history, critical writing, and arts management CMU Drama is the oldest degree-granting drama program in America. He is also Editor of the Dramaturgical Sourcebook Series developed by CMU Press and Smith & Kraus Publishers. Dr. Marinelli co-founded CMUs Master of Arts Management program, as well as the joint MFA  graduate acting program between Carnegie Mellon University and the Moscow Art Theater School-Studio of Russia.  


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