Devonna Oliver Orenge, 47, a documentation specialist with Computer Sciences Corp. in Silver Spring and a director of artistic performances at community theaters in the Washington area, died July 26 at Georgetown University Hospital. She had cancer.
Mrs. Orenge, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Cleveland. She moved to the Washington area in 1949 and graduated from Northwood High School. She attended the University of the Pacific and graduated from George Washington University and had done postgraduate work in theater there and at the University of Maryland.
In the late 1960s she taught school for two years in Illinois and for one year in Montgomery County. At her death she had been working for Computer Sciences Corp. for 16 years.
Mrs. Orenge's avocation was the theater. She directed and acted at Silver Spring Stage, Rockville Little Theatre and Rockville Music Theatre and had been directing productions for the employees' theater group at Goddard Space Flight Center. She had been artistic director at Saratoga Dinner Theatre and resident director at Mr. Henry's Dinner Theatre in Waldorf.
In 1974 a production of Chekhov's "The Boor," directed by Mrs. Orenge, won awards for best production, best direction and best performance by an actor, actress and best supporting actor in the D.C. one-act play tournament.
Mrs. Orange's marriage to Robert Oliver ended in divorce.
Survivors include her husband, Daniel Orenge, and their son, Justin J.L. Orenge, and two children of her first marriage, Robert A. Oliver Jr. and Matthew Oliver, all of Silver Spring.