Charles Newell


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CHARLES NEWELL was recently awarded the 2013 SDCF Zelda Fichandler Award, “which recognizes an outstanding director or choreographer who is transforming the regional arts landscape through singular creativity and artistry in theatre.” Charlie has been Artistic Director of Court Theatre since 1994, where he has directed over 40 productions. He made his Chicago directorial debut in 1993 with The Triumph Of Love, which won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Production. Charlie’s productions of Man of La Mancha and Caroline, Or Change have also won Best Production Jeffs. Other directorial highlights at Court include The Moliere Festival (Moliere & Tartuffe), ProofAngels In AmericaAn IliadPorgy & BessThree Tall WomanThe Year Of Magical ThinkingThe Wild DuckTitus AndronicusArcadiaUncle VanyaRaisin, The Romance Cycle, Glass MenagerieTravestiesWho’s Afraid Of Virginia WoolfThe Invention Of Love, and Hamlet. Charlie has also directed at Goodman Theatre (Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘N Roll), Guthrie Theater (Resident Director: The History Cycle, Cymbeline), Arena Stage, John Houseman’s The Acting Company (Staff Repertory Director), the California and Alabama Shakespeare Festivals, Juilliard, and New York University. He has served on the Board of Theatre

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 Communications Group, as well as on several panels for the NEA. Opera directing credits include Marc Blitzstein’s Regina (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Rigoletto (Opera Theatre of St. Louis), Don Giovanni and The Jewel Box (Chicago Opera Theatre), and Carousel (Summer 2014) Glimmerglass Festival. Charlie was the recipient of the 1992 TCG Alan Schneider Director Award, and has been nominated for 16 Joseph Jefferson Director Awards, winning four times. In 2012, Charlie was honored by The League of Chicago Theatres with their Artistic Achievement Award.