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 is a member of The Forsythe Company in Frankfurt since 2007.
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 a site specific piece for Cullberg Ballet at Marabouparken's konsthall in Stockholm.