Dr. Charlie Mitchell teaches Theatre Appreciation (live and online), Advanced Improvisation, and Comedy Practice. 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. He is currently a company member of the Hippodrome Theatre, the only professional theatre in Gainesville, where he has appeared in Hamlet, Hand to God, Peter and the Starcatcher, Mr. Burns, and The Tempest. He also wrote and directed The Snow Queen, his adaption of the story by Hans Christian Anderson. At UF, Dr. Mitchell has directed the following productions: Metamorphoses, Hobson's Choice, Urinetown, A Piece of My Heart, You Can't Take It With You, The Grapes of Wrath, and In the Blood.
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 and the co-editor of Zora Neale Hurston: Collected Plays, the first compilation of the Harlem Renaissance writer's dramatic pieces including two thought to be lost. Recently, he edited and wrote chapters for Theatrical Worlds, the first open source introductory theatre textbook. His ongoing work is a program he designed which uses improv to help homeless veterans improve their social skills and address longstanding emotional problems.