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Research areas:

Acting, Movement

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Department of Theatre & Dance
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive MC0344
La Jolla, CA 92093-0112
Office: GH 302
Phone: (858) 534-3697
Fax: (858) 534-1080
Email: coates@ucsd.edu
  Charlie Oates
Acting Faculty

MFA, University of Montana


Charlie Oates has performed on the streets in the U.S. and Europe, collaborated on new performance events with dancers and musicians, developed site specific performances for museums and unusual architectural spaces, created many performances for young audiences and performed his original solo works at theatres and festivals around the world.

Most recently, he has developed and directed several new projects including Save You, Hate Me in Berlin, directed Around the World in 80 Days at the Creede Repertory Theatre in Colorado, Fool for Love for Chalk Rep in Los Angeles and arranged the fights and movement for Herbert Siguenza's Steal Heaven at the San Diego Rep. During the past year, he directed a physical theatre adaptation of War of the Worlds at UCSD and Ben Fisher's new play, Damascus for the Wagner New Play Festival. His production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels played at the Creede Repertory theatre in the summer of 2016.

As a movement coach and fight choreographer Oates has worked at many theatres including the La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, San Diego Rep and the Denver Center Theatre Company. He has been a guest artist and teacher in many leading actor training programs in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Senegal, Sweden and China.

He is a recipient of the 2016 Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award at UC San Diego.

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