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Charlie Oates

Emeritus Faculty

Charlie Oates
  • 9500 Gilman Dr
    Mail Code: 0344
    La Jolla , California 92093


MFA, University of Montana


Charlie Oates taught at UCSD, focusing on the physical training of actors, from 1996 to 2017 serving a term as department chair and receiving the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016.

As a movement coach and fight choreographer, Oates has worked at numerous theaters including La Jolla Playhouse, The Mixed Blood, The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, San Diego Rep, Chautauqua Theatre Company and the Denver Center Theatre Company. He has been a guest artist in leading actor training programs in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Senegal, Sweden, and China. His years as a creator and performer of original physical theatre works, director and street performer have taken him across North America, the Pacific and Europe. He created, along with James Donlon, Truck Dog, which toured the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Ireland and with Czech performers, Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. His work with Moira Keefe, Staying Married, toured the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Ireland and his solo work Man Overboard, was seen in those countries and Australia as well.  His international work as a director includes Flush at Theatre Alfred in Prague, a workshop production of Save You, Hate Me in Berlin and Fuatia's Future for the Calico Young People's Theatre of New Zealand. 

His most recent directing projects include Morph Masters, a new work focusing on the intersection of art and disability for Phamaly Theatre Company in Denver, Peter and the Starcatcher at Creede Repertory Theatre and projects at Colorado State University and the University of Montana. Most recently, in New York City, he was the movement director for Zora Howard's production of her new play, Hang Time at The Flea Theatre and taught workshops at The Actor's Center.