• Costume Designer/Associate of Professor of Theater and Dance and the Opera Theater of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music


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


With professional and educational companies Professor Flaharty 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, 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.

Courses Taught

  • THEA 222 - Introduction to Design
  • THEA 232 - Costume Design
  • Music Theater Seminar


Wedding Band Takes the Stage

October 1, 2015
Costume Designer and Associate Professor of Theater Chris Flaharty fits sophomore Will Osborn, who plays Shrimp Man in Wedding Band , for his costume. A play by Alice Childress, Wedding Band tells...