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 APPETITE, an exploration of feedback as metaphor and performance material created with sound artist and composer Ted Moore in May 2017 (excerpts of which were performed at the Walker Art Center’s Choreographer’s Evening in November); and Losing Kantor, about revolution and legacy, in October 2016. Previously, EX, a dance-theater hybrid that explored themes of family, memory, and loss, was remade for Fresh Oysters Performance Research.
His 2012 performance Black Water was considered one of the best productions of 2011-2012 by Minnesota Playlist. Other work includes his 2009 movement-theater piece He Woke Up In A Strange Place Called Home And Although Looking For Bed He Kept Finding Death Instead which was an examination of global violence and domestic acceptance that took audiences through houses and streets of a quiet middle-class neighborhood.
Deeper into the past his 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 has performed with Fire Drill, Laura Holway, Megan Mayer, Mad King Thomas, Flaneur Productions, and 15-Head. He has created live performance works for Tara King, Kevin Obstaz, Chris Schlichting, Small Art, and Young Dance.
He hosts and organizes Skewed Visions’ Petri Dish, an ongoing series of discussions designed to facilitate perpetual conversation exploring and expanding the possibilities of art, including 3PLAY, a curation of new short work for the studio.
He was awarded a 2014 MRAC Next Step grant to travel to Poland to study the work of Tadeusz Kantor, was a finalist for the (now defunct) 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 blogs as necessary at One Skewed Vision. He wrote a series of articles for Minnesota Playlist on “change” you can read anytime you like, here, here, here, and here. He is also proud to be a part of Criticism Exchange, a new online forum created by Emily Gastineau and Theresa Madaus that is “a space for performance-makers to write about each others performances and for everyone to read them.”
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.
Perhaps most interestingly, he is the stay-at-home parent for two boys who will soon grow to be rich and support him.