Artist Bio

Charles Newell

(Bio as of May 2009)

Charles Newell most recently collaborated with the Goodman on Rock ‘n’ Roll during the 2008/2009 Season. He recently celebrated his 15th year as Artistic Director of Court Theatre, the professional theater in residence at The University of Chicago. He has directed more than 30 productions for Court Theatre, including Caroline, or Change; The Wild Duck; Titus Andronicus; Uncle Vanya; Hamlet; The Misanthrope; Nora; and Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia and The Invention of Love. His productions at Court of Man of La Mancha and Carousel were subsequently produced at Long Wharf Theatre. Mr. Newell has also directed at Guthrie Theater (The History Cycle, Cymbeline), Arena Stage, John Houseman’s The Acting Company, the California and Alabama Shakespeare Festivals, The Juilliard School and New York University. He is the recipient of the 1992 TCG Alan Schneider Director Award and is a multiple Jeff Award-winner/nominee. He served on the Board of Theatre Communications Group, as well as on several panels for the National Endowment for the Arts. Opera directing credits include Lyric Opera of Chicago with Marc Blitzstein’s Regina and Rigoletto at Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

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