Charles O Anderson
Associate Professor, African and African Diaspora Studies Department, College of Liberal Arts
Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Charles O. Anderson is joining UT Austin's Dept. of Theatre and Dance as a tenured Associate Professor of African American and African Diasporic Dance with a courtesy appointment in the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. Having received his B.A. in dance from Cornell University and his M.F.A. in choreography from Temple University, Charles is also artistic director of dance theatre X, a critically acclaimed afro-contemporary dance company whe he founded in 2002. In 2007, Charles was the recipient of a prestigious $60,000 Pew Fellowship in the Arts having been recognized for his choreographic achievements nationally and internationally. He has also had the honor of being named one of the ?Top 25 Artists to Watch? in the country by Dance Magazine, and most recently was named one of ?12 Rising Stars in the Academy? by Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine. His choreographic work with undergraduate students has twice been nationally showcased at the Kennedy Center through the American College Dance Festival Association and he has also been twice recognized for outstanding achievement in experimental dance theatre by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. His current choreographic and scholarly research in experimental African Diasporic dance theatre entitled The Parables of Mutants and Madmen Trilogy. Through The Parables Trilogy Anderson is examining the theory of afrofuturism, which is an emergent literary and cultural aesthetic that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, Afrocentricity and magic realism with non-Western cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of people of color, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past. He looks forward to sharing his work with the UT Austin community soon and is honored to be working as part of this vibrant academic community.