Charles Donelan

Charles Donelan has lived in Santa Barbara since 2001 and has worked at the Independent since 2004. He writes about music, theater, visual art, literature, dance, and even the occasional film. His background as a teacher and a scholar includes degrees from Yale and Columbia, and teaching stints at Tufts University, UCSB, and most recently for the last eleven years at the Laguna Blanca School. His favorite non-arts related events in Santa Barbara are Semana Nautica, Nite Moves, and the Santa Barbara Triathlon. When he’s not writing or checking out an exhibition, concert, or play, you might see him at the downtown Farmer’s Markets or cycling on Mountain Drive.

Recent Stories

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Globe Theatre Actors Visit Santa Barbara Schools

Three Practitioners from London Teach ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Three practitioners from London teach ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to school kids.

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CND’s ‘Carmen’ Is a Mind-Expanding Work of Art

Enduring Story Puts Femme Fatale in More Comprehensive Context

This enduring story puts the femme fatale in a more comprehensive context than she ever has been granted before.

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Wu Man and the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band Delivered One Surprising Moment After Another

Uproarious Night of Traditional Chinese Folk Music

An uproarious night represented a distinctive achievement in the spread of traditional Chinese culture to the West.

Pianist Peter Serkin Plays Mozart, Bach’s Goldbergs

The virtuoso delivered a superb concert for the CAMA Masterseries at the Lobero on Saturday, February 24

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Westmont’s ‘Die Fledermaus’

Westmont Does Johann Strauss II at the New Vic

Westmont brings bold approach to Johann Strauss II at the New Vic.

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Opera Santa Barbara Does Rossini’s ‘The Barber of Seville’

Sparkling Production Emphasized Outrageous Behavior and Disguises

Opera Santa Barbara’s production of Rossini’s ‘The Barber of Seville’ emphasized outrageous behavior and disguises.

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‘Staging the Daffy Dame’ at UCSB

Launch Pad Presents a Play About a Theater Program

Launch Pad presents a play about a theater program.

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Mitchell Kriegman’s Puppet Kingdom

PuppetPalooza Founder Has Roots in Children’s Television, Performance Art

PuppetPalooza founder has roots in children’s television and performance art.

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Wu Man and the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band Bring Raucous Art Form to S.B.

UCSB Arts & Lectures Welcomes Pipa and Puppets

UCSB Arts & Lectures welcomes pipa and puppets on Thursday, March 8.

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Choreographer Johan Inger Reimagines ‘Carmen’

Spain’s National Dance Company to Perform Two Nights at the Granada

Spain’s National Dance Company to perform two nights at the Granada.

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