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Charles’ directorial film debut PREACHING TO THE CHOIR swept the feature film prizes at the American Black Film Festival, and was featured in numerous festivals (including the Pan African Film Fest, Cannes, and London). His screenplay credits include THE EMMETT TILL STORY for Showtime, FOOL’S HILL for Walt Disney Pictures, SHADES OF GREY for HBO, LEGACY for Victory Entertainment, WHITE COUSINS for Producers Entertainment Group, and HOMEWORK (with Kim Coles) for 20th Century Fox. He also co-wrote the screenplay WHITE CHOCOLATE (with John Leguizamo). He was the co-producer of the ANGELA DAVIS story for Castle Rock Entertainment, and developed the short film FAMILY TREE for Disney.
For television, Charles directed and co-produced Bebe Winans’ special AMERICA AMERICA on BET Centric, directed Patina Miller in her concert on PBS’ LIVE FROM LINCLN CENTER and co-produced AN EVENING WITH BERRY GORDY on PBS. Other credits include directing episodes of the series LINCOLN HEIGHTS on ABC Family and SOUTH OF NOWHERE on the N Network.
He was producer and writer of the critically acclaimed Showtime series LINC’S. His musical staging has been seen on a variety of programs, including THE GOLDEN GIRLS. Charles has directed many videos and commercials, including the European “Freestyle” campaign for Nike, which won several international commercial awards.
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
Motown is the musical that CBS Sunday Morning calls “More than a Broadway show, a celebration of music that transformed America.” Currently on a national tour throughout the U.S., Motown the Musical premieres in London in February 2016 and returns to Broadway July 2016.
AKEELAH & THE BEE
World Premiere of the stage adaptation of AKEELAH & THE BEE written by Cheryl L. West for the 50th Anniversary Season Opener at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Akeelah runs through October 11 in Minneapolis – then moves to Arena Stage in Washington, DC.
Born For This: The Bebe Winans Story
April 13 – May 15 at Alliance Theatre
From the director of Motown the Musical comes the heart-warming and hilarious story of BeBe and CeCe Winans, youngest siblings of the Winans family dynasty. After becoming stars on Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Praise the Lord Network, BeBe must learn to balance his desire for success with his true calling. A new American musical starring a new generation of Winans singers.
For theatre, Charles wrote the play BLUE, starring Phylicia Rashad, which broke box office records at Arena Stage, the Roundabout Theatre, the Pasadena Playhouse (also starring Diahann Carroll and Clifton Davis), and has had many productions throughout the United States. His new play LOVE IN AFGHANISTAN premiered at Arena Stage and will open in London next season. CUTTIN’ UP (based upon the best selling book by Craig Marberry), had productions at Arena, the Pasadena Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, and the Alliance Theatre. THE NIGHT IS A CHILD premiered at Milwaukee Rep and Pasadena Playhouse (starring Jobeth Williams). Charles also co-wrote JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS starring Bea Arthur, which toured internationally, including a Tony nominated run on Broadway.
Charles directed the Pulitzer prize winning play RUINED and the record breaking musical SOPHISTICATED LADIES (starring Maurice Hines), at Arena Stage, the 75th anniversary tour of the opera PORGY AND BESS, Daniel Beaty’s THROUGH THE NIGHT at the Union Square Theatre and the Geffen Theatre, the hit revival of GUYS AND DOLLS (also starring Maurice Hines) which was selected by the Loesser estate to become a national tour celebrating the musical’s 50th anniversary, Brian Stokes Mitchell in his solo show LOVE/LIFE at Lincoln Center, THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG (in Portuguese) in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brasil, EMERGENCY at the Geffen, BLOOD KNOT at ACT in San Francisco (featuring music by Tracy Chapman), the world premieres of TOUGH TITTY by Oni Faida Lampley at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and SENOR DISCRETION HIMSELF, (winner of the Helen Hayes Award for Best Musical, the last musical written by Frank Loesser, based on a story by Budd Schulberg, and co-written with Culture Clash).
Charles also directed and co-wrote ME AND MRS. JONES (a musical which starred Lou Rawls, and featured the classic R&B music of the Sound of Philadelphia) at the Prince Music Theatre, THE DIVA IS DISMISSED (starring Jenifer Lewis) at the NYSF Public Theater and the Hudson Theatre (LA), and HOMEWORK (starring Kim Coles) in NYC, Crossroads (NJ), and LA. He also directed ANTHEMS and OAK AND IVY at Arena Stage; TARTUFFE, INSURRECTION: HOLDING HISTORY, and BLITHE SPIRIT at ACT, HUNDREDS OF SISTERS at New York Theatre Workshop, and CABARET VERBOTEN at the Mark Taper Forum (with Bebe Neuwirth and Roger Rees).
AS A PERFORMER
As a performer, Charles’ credits include Broadway (the original cast of DREAMGIRLS), television (HILL STREET BLUES, MELROSE PLACE, FALCON CREST), music (a disco group which will remain nameless that nonetheless garnered three gold records), film, numerous shows in theatre, and countless television commercials.
Charles has directed numerous benefit performances, including HAIR … FOR THE NEXT GENERATION, the 20th anniversary show at the United Nations, which was the first event of its kind for children with AIDS, and MUSIC AND REMEMBRANCE (starring Leontyne Price, Itzhak Perlman, and James Galway) at Carnegie Hall. His productions have received numerous awards, including NAACP Image, Bay Area Critics, Drama-logue, LA Weekly Theatre, Helen Hayes, Ovation, and Audelco as well as Grammy and Tony nominations. Charles was awarded grants from the Theatre Communications Group, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the NEA, the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award, and also is the recipient of the S.C. Medal of Honor in the Arts, the Creative Spirit Award from the New Professional Theatre, The Pasadena Playhouse Theatrical Diversity Award, an honorary MFA from ACT, and the Paul Robeson Award from Actors’ Equity.