Emeritus Appointment

Withycombe Hall

2921 SW Campus Way

2921 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Ph.D., University of Georgia
Master of Arts in College Teaching, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
B.A, cum laude, University of Tennessee, Knoxville in History and English

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Affiliated with: 
Speech Communication
OSU Main Campus
Research/Career Interests: 

Dr. Charlotte Headrick is a professor of Theatre Arts.  She has been a faculty member at OSU since 1982.  She holds the Ph.D.in drama from the University of Georgia.  She is the 1994 Elizabeth P. Ritchie Outstanding Professor for Undergraduate Teaching, the highest teaching award of Oregon State University and she received the 2003 Excellence Award from the College of Liberal Arts, the highest honor given by the College.  She has directed the American Premieres of several Irish plays and is widely published in the field of Irish Drama and has also presenting numerous papers nationally and internationally on Irish women dramatists. Her research specialty is Irish women dramatists.  In the spring of 2013, she was a Moore Visiting Fellow at National University of Ireland, Galway where she was working on a production history of Eclipsed by Patricia Burke Brogan.


  She is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Medallion for outstanding service to the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival and of the Hovland Service Award from the College of Liberal Arts. She was the first woman to chair the Northwest Region for the KC/ACTF covering a six state area. As chair and vice-chair, she coordinated and helped to plan six annual conferences which were attended by several hundred attendees.  As past- president and member of the American Conference for Irish Studies, she planned and coordinated two conferences at OSU.  She has been elected and served on the College of Liberal Arts P and T committee multiple times. Three times a fellow at the Center for the Humanities, she is the co-editor of Irish Women Dramatists 1918-2001, to be published by Syracuse University in 2014.

Her directing experiences runs from musicals (Hair, Mikado, Working and others) to Greek Drama (Medea) to a wide variety of plays:  Equus, Tis Pity She’s A Whore, The Diviners, How I Learned to Drive, Absurd Person Singular, and numerous Shakespeare plays, and    Stop Kiss and The Laramie Project.  She has directed in Tennessee, Georgia, Idaho, Washington, Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Indiana as well as Oregon.  She also directed Benim Adim Rachel Corrie (My Name is Rachel Corrie) in its Turkish premiere in Antyaka, Turkey.  

She is a member of Actors Equity Association and has acted most recently in The Taming of the Shrew (2012), As You Like It (2011), and in String of Pearls (2009, Willamette Stage Co.).

She is the proud human of Daisy, the Akbash/Great Pyrenees and Finbar (orange domestic short hair).

Beyond OSU
Personal Interests: 

Irish Drama, theatre, reading, travel, and my animals.  Cooking and my friends.