Chris Flaharty

  • Associate Professor of Theater
  • Costume Designer

Areas of Study


  • BA, Westminster College, 1974
  • MA, Bowling Green State University, 1976
  • MFA, Ohio State University, 1983


With professional and educational companies, Chris Flaharty has designed costumes for original dance works and performance pieces. He’s also designed for 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, and 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.

Fall 2022

Rehearsal and Performance-Full — THEA 281F
Rehearsal and Performance-Half — THEA 281H
Special Projects - Full — THEA 320F
Special Projects - Half — THEA 320H

Spring 2023

Special Projects - Full — THEA 320F
Special Projects - Half — THEA 320H


From Main Stage to Airwaves

November 17, 2020

The curtain has closed on many professional, community, and college theaters throughout the country due largely to the global pandemic. Yet those who have the audacity to reimagine the theater and the arts in new ways are discovering the options are varied and rewarding.

This Week in Photos: Creativity and Strength

November 13, 2020

Inspirational words and chalk drawn images on the sidewalks of Wilder Bowl greeted those passing by this past week. This chalk walk exercise resulted in several standout images featured in this week’s photo series.

No Time Like Ngo Time

January 8, 2020

In four short years at Oberlin College, Alex Ngo set his course for a life in music.