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 collective 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 2014, with choreographer & dancer (and sister) Eliza Sanders, Charles established a new company House Of Sand. At House of Sand we create visceral performance in and across art forms. Works to date include two contemporary performance works — Pedal and Castles — three dance works — Knitting While Sleeping, Feet.Us and Fear of Eggs — and two plays but — REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. by Alice Birch and Welcome The Bright World by Stephen Sewell. All have been presented to critical and popular acclaim in a variety of cities around Australia and NZ and earned the company numerous awards including an Adelaide Fringe ‘18 weekly award for Best Dance, the NZ Fringe ’16 Most Promising Emerging Company, and runner up for the Best Directed Chaos direction award ’18.
selected resume of projects
Welcome the Bright World by Stephen Sewell - Director (presented by State Theatre Company South Australia and House of Sand) - 2018
REVOLT SHE SAID REVOLT AGAIN by Alice Birch - Director - 2018
Fear of Eggs - Director - 2018
Feet.Us - Dramaturge - 2017
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 House of Sand & 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
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