Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Theatre
Rob Odorisio


Rob Odorisio HeadshotGuest Scene Designer of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (2009)

Rob Odorisio is an experienced designer for television, film and theatre. Rob began his career at the Walnut Street Theatre after graduating with a B.F.A. in Scene Design from Boston University. He then went to Actor's Theatre of Louisville where he worked with the nation's top designers including Ming Cho Lee, John Conklin and resident designer Paul Owen. His early years included associations with Tony Award-winning designers John Lee Beatty and John Arnone, working on Broadway projects as diverse as The Sisters Rosenzweig and The Who's Tommy. His theatrical design career in New York flourished with designs at Off-Broadway companies such as Manhattan Class Company, Playwrights Horizons, SoHo Rep, WPA, Julliard School, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Second Stage and Primary Stages. Major regional credits included Hartford Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, Alliance Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Missouri Rep, Portland Stage Company and the Old Globe. Later New York commercial theatre credits include Stomp (American designer), Sherry Glaser's Family Secrets (national tour and 2006 revival), Imperfect Chemistry (Minetta Lane) andThings You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight (Promenade Theatre; dir. John Rando.) Rob was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design for An Empty Plate at the Cafe du Grand Boeuf.

His career then transitioned into television and film, working with John Arnone as Art Director on televisions "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd," the Fox pilot "Urban Anxiety" and the feature film "Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll." He continued his work on television and film including the ABC after-school special "The Stand Up" (Loose Canon Productions) and independent films like "Neptune's Rocking Horse" (Montreal Film Festival) and "The Rub" (starring Michelle Pawk and Karen Ziemba.) In 2000 he became the Art Director for the CBS-TV daytime drama "Guiding Light." He has been nominated for three Emmys for his work on that show. On permanent sets for kitchens, restaurants and hotels with "Guiding Light", he has been a part of earthquakes, floods and fires. He then made the transition into handheld, location and exterior work in the show's later years.

Through the projects mentioned, Rob has created a career influenced by his collaborative spirit. His partnerships with his fellow producers, designers and directors have fostered a network of goodwill.