Department Chair:
Caroline Jackson Smith

Phone: (440) 775-8154

Warner Center 100
30 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Chris Flaharty

Chris Flaharty

Associate Professor / Costume Designer

Contact Information


Hall Annex 102
(440) 775-8164

Chris Flaharty

Educational Background

  • B.A., Westminster College, 1974
  • M.A., Bowling Green State University, 1976
  • M.F.A., The Ohio State University, 1983

Chris Flaharty is a resident Costume Designer/Associate Professor of Theater for the Oberlin College Theater and Dance Program and the Opera Theater of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

With professional and educational companies he has designed costumes for original dance works and performance pieces, as well as classic and contemporary plays ranging from Shakespeare and Beckett to Molière and Mamet, with representative works as diverse as Tartuffe (for which he was awarded a USITT design citation), The Wiz, Hamlet, Three Sisters, Twelfth Night, Light Up the Sky and Zastrozzi.  He has costumed The Triumph of Love, Into the Woods, On The Verge, Company, The Illusion and Assassins, which he also directed at Oberlin.  His repertory of opera productions includes designs for many masterpieces of the standard canon as well as rarities like Coyote Tales, Alcina, The Turn of the Screw and The Rake's Progress.

Mr. Flaharty teaches Introduction to Design, Costume Design and Music Theater Seminar.