Currently in development is JAZZLAND, an animated musical feature, 1930s Harlem; Awards: 2016 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, 1st Prize, One-Act Play, Cream Cakes in Munich. 2015 Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation LGBT History initiative Award for his play, A Kind of Marriage; The Kleban Award for Librettist; New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) 2010 Excellence in Writing Lyrics; Three-time Finalist for the Fred Ebb Foundation Award in Songwriting. Winner of the Global Search for New Musicals, Cardiff, Wales, 2005. His musical Frog Kiss received the most Citations for Excellence at NYMF 2010, regional premiere at Virginia Stage Co.,VA, 2013. Swimming at the Ritz, an intimate portrait of Pamela Churchill Harriman, toured the UK in 2010/2011, American premiere at New Jersey Rep, NJ, 2015; Enchanted April, a new musical romance, with music by Richard B. Evans, world premiere, April 2016, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, CA. His adaptation of Helene Hanff’s comic memoir, Underfoot in Show Business, received its world premiere at the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne, UK, May 2008, directed by award-winning BBC director, David Giles. His original musical, Me and Miss Monroe, featuring Rachel York as Marilyn, was produced in an industry workshop by AMAS and Chase Mishkin, 2011. Charles is a Fellow of the Edward F. Albee Foundation. A native of Chicago, a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Speech, a member of the National New Play Network’s New Play Exchange. Charles lives and writes in New York City and is a member of The Dramatist's Guild and ASCAP.
Unique traits: Lyricist & Musical Bookwriter
I.O.U. Action ⋄ Romance ⋄ Adventure Everybody owes somebody. It may cost you your life.
AFFAIR OF THE POISONS Mystery ⋄ Thriller ⋄ Historical Beautiful redheads, jealous blondes, ruthless brunettes, ambitious courtiers…Affairs have turned fatal at the Palace.
JAZZLAND, an animated musical feature Musical ⋄ Animation The song is in you. But it takes an adventure to find it.
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL, 1ST PRIZE ONE-ACT PLAY, "Cream Cakes in Munich."
2016 HOLLYWOOD SCREENPLAY CONTEST, Stage Play Category, GRAND PRIZE for "A KIND OF MARRIAGE."
2016 HAMILTON FILM FESTIVAL, Ontario, Canada, BEST SCREENPLAY award to "AFFAIR OF THE POISONS."
ARCH & BRUCE BROWN FOUNDATION LGBT PLAYWRIGHTING HONORS for "A Kind of Marriage."
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND FUNDING for UK Tour of "Swimming at the Ritz" 2010--11
EXCELLENCE IN LYRIC WRITING: 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival for "Frog Kiss."
FINALIST for the FRED EBB SONGWRITING AWARD, 2005, 2006, 2008
GLOBAL SEARCH FOR NEW MUSICALS, Cardiff, Wales, Winner for "Frog Kiss."
EDWARD KLEBAN FOUNDATION AWARD-Outstanding Librettist for "The Showgirl of 52nd Street."
Burt Shevelove-Comedy Writing
Larry Gelbert-Comedy Writing
John Ford Noonan-Playwrighting
Albert Hague-Musical Theatre
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)