Charles O'Malley


Charles O'Malley (he / him / his) is a theatre artist, writer, and teacher. He is currently a lecturer in the Department of Theatre at the University of San Diego and the Old Globe / University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Acting Program. 

Charles received his doctorate in Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism at Yale in December 2021, having received his MFA there in 2018. In the 2020-2021 year, he was a Guest Researcher in Theatre Studies at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam.


As a theatre maker, Charles has worked at Page 73, the Yale Repertory Theatre, the Yale Cabaret and Summer Cabaret, the Goodman Theatre, the Bay Area Playwright's Festival, Jackalope Theatre, and many other theatres. His critical writing has been published in TDRThe Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Republic, Theatre Survey, The New England Theatre Journal, QED, and on Indiewire, Lambda Literary, Daily Kos, and elsewhere.

At Yale, he served as the Artistic Fellow at the Yale Repertory Theatre and was co-convener of the Performance Studies Working Group, an interdisciplinary group of scholars working in Performance Studies at Yale. He has taught at Yale College, Connecticut College, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of San Diego.

Charles's dissertation, Insurgent City: Performance, Radicalism, and Queer Liberation in 1970s San Francisco, traces new aesthetic forms developed during the early years of queer liberation as artistic and sexual movements sought to create utopian spaces.


He is currently editing the collection Toward a Just Pedagogy of Performance: Historiography, Narrative, and Equity in Dramatic Practice for Routledge. In 2020, he created the LGBTQ+ Archive Project, a digital assembly of resources for LGBTQ+ study.

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