Co-Founder, Co-Artistic/Managing Director
Charles is an interdisciplinary artist with glasses and patched pants. Interested in work that thinks for itself, he has created multiple pieces including his most recent Black Water, (2012), which was considered one of the best productions of 2011-2012 by Minnesota Playlist, and They Rebuild Ersilia Elsewhere, for Young Dance’s 2012 site-specific At Large season based on Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities as read with students. So far this year he has performed in Savage Umbrella’s Emma Woodhouse Is Not A Bitch and Theatre Novi Most’s Something About A Bear. His collaboration with Irve Dell on an as-of-yet-unnamed production will open this spring.
Other work includes his 12 audio works for Please Remain Seated (2011), and two videos: The Hidden Life of Hands for the Dance Film Project 2010 and Still Life: or when you’re away the walls speak your name (2009) for Cubicle, Skewed Visions’ new series of podcasts. He produced the second season, Cubicle2: on the internet nobody knows. His 2009 movement-theater piece He Woke Up In A Strange Place Called Home And Although Looking For Bed He Kept Finding Death Instead was an examination of global violence and domestic acceptance that took audiences through houses and streets of a quiet middle-class neighborhood. Past work includes Jasper Johns: GRAY (2008), Islands of Chekhov for the 2008 Twin Cities Chekhov Festival, Visits With Woyzeck for Open Eye Figure Theatre‘s 2008 Toy Theatre After Dark series, Theater Piece for Unbranded (2008), Strange Love (performance) (2007) in a coffin factory, A Quiet Ambition (2006) with Cherri Macht in a brewery office (which also traveled to Yaroslavl, Russia, as part of the International Festival of Movement and Dance), The Car: The Taxi (2004) in a taxi, The House (2004), Pipes (2003), as well as You Are Here (2002) in an observatory and The Bicycle (1999) with architect-sculptor Steve Epley.
He was a finalist for the 2009 Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, and recipient of the 2007 Electric Eyes: New Music and New Media Festival commission, the 2003 Intermedia Arts Naked Stages performance art commission, the Weisman Art Museum’s 2000 Temporary Public Art on Campus commission, and a 2001 Jerome Foundation Building Administrative Capacity grant. He has also been seen on The History Channel, in Jaime Carrera and Tyler Jensen’s Hustle, and with Flaneur Productions in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Leeds, England; and Edinburgh, Scotland.
He blogs as necessary at One Skewed Vision.
Normative education includes a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, study as a part of the Chautauqua Conservatory Theater Company and at the Classic Stage Conservatory in New York City. In 1991 he entered the University of Minnesota where he sneaked an MA in Theater, studied with the Margolis-Brown Company, and wrested a PhD out of some cold dead hands in 1997, where he has since been seen teaching. He has been assiduously studying the theories and practices of Tadeusz Kantor since 1993.
Interested in exploring work that troubles disciplinary categories, he has recently taken a shine to the bountiful Twin Cities experimental dance community and has been fortunate enough to twice take part in the award-winning work of choreographer, dancer and photographer, Megan Mayer. He was able to work with her at the prestigious MANCC in February 2012. He also made an appearance in the rascal performance group Mad King Thomas‘s All Sparkles, No Heart in July 2011.
Perhaps most interestingly, he is the stay-at-home parent for two boys who will soon grow to be rich and support him.