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. Thereafter he joined the Cullberg Ballet from 2003 until 2007. Tilman was a member of The Forsythe Company in Frankfurt from 2007-2012. Since then he has been a guest artist with the company.
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. In 2011 he created two site specific works for Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm. In 2012 he created the piece “August did not have what is commonly considered good taste as far as furniture is concerned”. He has also created works for SPIRA Jönköping and Staatstheater Graz. In 2014 Tilman was invited to be artist in residence by the Circuit-Est/Goethe Institut in Montreal, Canada. His next work is a commission by Det Konglige Teater in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Tilman was commissioned by The Göteborg Ballet in 2010 and created a full length called This is.