School of Theater + Dance
Specialization: Theatre Appreciation
T: (352) 273-0515
F: (352) 392-5114
PO Box 115900
Gainesville, FL 32611
Dr. Charlie Mitchell teaches Theatre Appreciation (live and online) and Advanced Improvisation. After completing his BFA actor training at Ithaca College, he studied playwriting at Boston Universtiy with Nobel prize-winning author Derek Walcott. After earning a PhD from the University of Colorado, he was a production dramaturg for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and later for Playmakers Repertory, where he was a visiting professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For three years, he was an artistic associate and company member of the award-winning Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and has worked as an actor for a variety of theatres in New York City, Chicago, and Baltimore. Previously, he taught at Loyola University in Maryland.
At UF, Dr. Mitchell has directed the following productions: Urinetown, A Piece of My Heart, You Can't Take It With You, The Grapes of Wrath, and In the Blood. Previously, he directed shows including Epic Proportions, A Flea in Her Ear, How I Learned To Drive, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cabaret, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, City of Angels, Under Milk Wood, Oleanna, and Woyzeck. In addition to his teaching and production work, Dr. Mitchell is the author of Shakespeare and Public Execution, an examination of how Shakespeare utilized commonly known tropes of execution for his own dramaturgical ends. Recently, he co-edited the book Zora Neale Hurston: Collected Plays, the first compilation of the Harlem Renaissance writer's dramatic pieces including two thought to be lost. Dr. Mitchell is also the cofounder of a program which uses improv to help homeless veterans improve their social skills and address longstanding emotional problems.