Born in USA, Tilman O´Donnell trained at the National Ballet School in Toronto (Canada) and joined The Göteborg Ballet under the direction of Anders Hellström. In 2002 Tilman danced at the Staatstheater Saarbrücken directed by Marguerite Donlon. Thereafter he joined the Cullberg Ballet under the direction of Johan Inger from 2003 until 2007. Tilman was a member of The Forsythe Company in Frankfurt from 2007-2013.
Tilman O´Donnell made his debut as a choreographer 2002 and has been awarded first prize in two major international choreographic competitions. In 2005 he was appointed both Dancer to watch and Choreographer to watch by the leading European magazine Ballet Tanz. Tilman was commissioned by The Göteborg Ballet in 2010 and created a full length called This is. In May 2011 he created two site specific works (Marabou and The Progression of Things) for Cullberg Ballet at Marabouparken and Färgfabriken art galleries in Stockholm. In 2012 he created the piece August did not have what is commonly considered good taste as far as furniture is concerned. His most recent works are Word of Mouth, produced by SPIRA Jönköping in October 2013 and Whose Afraid of Virginia's Wolves? (The Disambiguation Project for Staatstheater Graz, December 2013.