Charles Otte

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Charles Otte
Born (1956-05-22) May 22, 1956 (age 62)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Genres Theatrical production and direction,
Theatrical design,
Occupation(s) Director/Producer/Educator
Years active 1980–present

Charles Otte (born May 22, 1956) is an American theatre director, producer, designer and educator. He is best known as a theatre and multi-media director working in New York and Los Angeles.[1] Otte was born in Cleveland Ohio. He received a B.A. from the University of Virginia, and an M.F.A. from the University of Southern California.

Otte’s theatrical career includes work at the Guthrie Theatre, Lincoln Center, the Alliance Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, La Mama ETC, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, the Ohio Theatre, and the Open Fist Theatre.[2] From 1984 to 1990 he was the Artistic Director for Project III Ensemble Theatre and later was Artistic Director for Mojave Group from 1991 to 1996.[3] He is currently co-Artistic Director for Zoo District Theatre in Los Angeles.[4]

Major theatrical productions include James Joyce’s The Dead by Richard Nelson, Travesties by Tom Stoppard, Bulgakov’s Flight, and Three Penny Opera,[5] Goose and Tomtom by David Rabe,[6] Brecht’s Baal[7] Philip Glass’s multi-media opera La Belle et La Bete.[8] Additional work with Glass included staging the international tour of Einstein on the Beach (for Robert Wilson)[9] , staging Songs from Liquid Days, The Civil Wars (again for Wilson), and The Juniper Tree (for Andrei Serban).[10]

Otte produced the CD-ROM game, Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail for 7th Level in 1996[11] and was named one of the Top 100 producers of the year.[citation needed] Screenwriting and film directing credits include Blind Faith, I Am Not a Ghost, Mission Invisible, Biography for A&E, and Beer Nutz for HDTV.[12]

As a multi-media creative director for BRC Imagination Arts,[13] Otte was Co-Creative Director for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library[14] in Illinois where he created stage/film productions, historical interactive kiosks, and oversaw copy and design elements. The museum occupies two city blocks and includes such high level artifacts as the Gettysburg Address and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address within the collection. Also produced by BRC, his production of The Star of Destiny[15] is on permanent exhibit in the Texas State History Museum in Austin. His work can also be seen at Lotte World[16] in Seoul, Korea, and at Resorts World[17] in Singapore.

Otte received the Themed Entertainment Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2002 for the Star of Destiny,[18] and again in 2006 for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.[19] He has received the LA Weekly Award for comedy direction for Travesties,[20] and been nominated on numerous occasions.[5]

Otte is currently on the faculty at the Savannah College of Art and Design[21] teaching Themed Entertainment Design.[22]


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  2. ^ "Charles Otte : Department of Theatre and Dance : University of Texas at Austin". Archived from the original on 2010-11-16. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
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  5. ^ a b "Open Fist Theatre Company - Awards". 
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  15. ^ "The Story of Texas - Texas Spirit Theater". Archived from the original on 2011-01-14. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  16. ^ "A WORLD OF MAGIC AND FANTASY - LOTTEWORLD". Archived from the original on 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
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  18. ^ Liz French (23 September 2002). "Thea Awards to Honor Themed Entertainment Industry Winners". Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - 12th Annual Thea Awards" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 March 2006. 
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  21. ^ "A faculty of themed entertainment design professionals". 
  22. ^ "Ray Charles Otte - Themed entertainment design professor". 

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