Charles sanders 

Charles is a director, dramaturge, and theatre maker. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) and an Advanced Diploma of Arts in Acting from the Adelaide College of The Arts (AC Arts) and has trained in Viewpoints, Suzuki and Composition with Tina Mitchell, Zen Zen Zo and SITI Company. Charles currently maintains substantial practices in both Adelaide and Sydney. 

Charles has worked in the arts since the age of 5; first as a classical boy soprano, then as a musical theatre performer, an actor, and since 2010 as a director and producer. 

In 2010 Charles established ‘Early Worx’, a company he served as Artistic Director of for four years. During his time there the company created 10 works, 3 return seasons, and toured to the Edinburgh Fringe. Their numerous awards included Charles’ 2011 receipt of the Adelaide Critics Circle Emerging Artist of the Year. 

Works with that company included: As Director: The Laramie Project - Ten Years Later, Seven Jewish Children, Like A Fishbone, Modern American Masters: Durang, Mamet, LaButte and a multi award-winning production of Joanna Murray-Smith’s Love Child, as well as many devised works. As writer & performer Charles created two original Cabaret’s with the company: A Modest Exhibit and Queer. 

Charles served as director and dramaturge on Trans Scripts for Paul Lucas Productions (NYC), an on-again-off-again engagement lasting over two years and including developments and performances in New York, New Jersey, Dorset, London, and Adelaide. 

Charles has worked extensively as a freelance director including for Opera Australia (2nd Assistant Director, Cosi Fan Tutte, dir. Sir David McVicar) State Theatre Company SA (assistant director, Maggie Stone, dir. Geordie Brookman) Lambert House Enterprises (Flood) ActNow (co-director, Zero Feet Away) and as a teaching-director in the tertiary acting course at AC Arts (Mother Courage, O Go My Man, Slavs, 5 Years)

Charles also regularly teaches acting and directing at AC Arts (undergraduate and open programs) and NIDA (postgraduate and open programs). 

In late 2014, with dancer/choreographer (and sister) Eliza Sanders, Charles established this new company. ‘House Of Sand’ creates work through and across art-forms including dance, theatre, cabaret and visual art. The company’s first three works Pedal.Peddle, Castles and Knitting While Sleeping - all choreographed by Eliza Sanders with Charles serving as dramaturge - have toured throughout Australia and New Zealand and brought the company substantial critical and popular acclaim, and accolades including the Wellington Fringe Festival Most Promising Emerging Company award, and a nomination for Best in Fringe at that same festival.

The company are currently in development of four new works Sham Pain; a dance/theatre work inspired by the work and life of artist Francis Bacon, Feet.Us; an expansion on the ideas of Knitting While Sleeping, Romeo & Juliet & Genocide; a live art montage of violent love and lovely violence; and Welcome the Bright World; a newly visceral production of Stephen Sewell's neglected classic about physics, the intelligence state and identity politics. And the company's first foray back to Charles' area of deepest expertise - aggressively political, text-driven, theatre.  


selected resume of projects

Welcome the Bright World - Director - Ongoing

Romeo & Juliet & Genocide - Director - Ongoing 

Feet.Us - Director - Ongoing 

Sham Pain: the Bacon project - Co-creator / Director  - Ongoing

Pedal & Castles - Director, Dramaturge & Producer - 2016 - 17

Flood by Chris Issacs - Director (presented by Lambert House Enterprises) - 2016

Mother Courage by Bertrolt Brecht - Director (presented by AC Arts) - 2016

Cosi Fan Tutte by W A Mozart - 2nd Assistant Director (presented by Opera Australia) - 2016

Knitting While Sleeping - Dramaturge & Producer - 2016

Infected by Stephen Sewell - Director (presented by NIDA) - 2015

Pyramid (Twin Caverns) - Director (presented by NIDA) - 2015

Tender by Nicki Bloom - Director (presented by NIDA) - 2015

Hang With You (Mio) - Director (presented by NIDA) - 2015

O Go My Man by Stella Feehilly - Director (presented by AC Arts) - 2014

Zero Feet Away - Co-Director (presented by ActNow) - 2014

Trans Scripts by Paul Lucas - Development Director & Dramaturge (presented by Paul Lucas Prod) - 2013/14

Maggie Stone by Caleb Lewis - Assistant Director (presented by STCSA) - 2013

5 Years - Director (presented by AC Arts) - 2013

Like A Fishbone by Anthony Weigh - Director (presented by Early Worx) - 2013

Slavs! by Tony Kushner - Director (presented by AC Arts) - 2012

The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later by Moises Kaufmann - Director (presented by Early Worx) - 2012

Love Child by Joanna Murray-Smith - Director (presented by Early Worx) - 2012

Ladies In Waiting - Director (presented by Early Worx) - 2012

Queer: The Wicked Webs We Weave - Creator / Performer (presented by Early Worx) - 2012

121, devised from Shakespeare - Director (presented by Early Worx) - 2011

Seven Jewish Children by Caryl Churchill - Director (presented by Early Worx) - 2011

Modern American Masters: LaBute, Mamet, Durang - Director (presented by Early Worx) - 2011

A Modest Exhibit - Creator /Performer (presented by Early Worx) - 2011


Headshot  credit: Kendall Messick 





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