Charlie Marie McGrath is a freelance stage director. With a love for new plays and classics, her stagings create heightened onstage worlds through symbolism, traces of magical realism and meaningful diverse casting. Her passion lies in reimagining the classics to resonate within her audience and reflect the current world - by highlighting the loss, longing, and complicated morality of the characters onstage. She is recognized for making older works immediate and relevant for contemporary audiences, infusing them with stylized movement, music, circus arts, and characters that you might meet by walking down the street.
An SDC Associate, she was awarded an Observership on Broadway in 2013 and another at South Coast Repertory in 2018; she was also a Finalist for their Geilgud Fellowship in 2015 and 2018. She was the Directing Fellow at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC in 2017 and remained with STC through 2018. An alumnus of Northwestern University, AMDA (NY), and the Midsummer in Oxford Program, she was co-founder and producing resident director of Proud Kate Theatre Project, a theatrical incubator for emerging female designers and performers. She is a proud member of Directors Lab North and numerous literary panels nation-wide, including South Coast Repertory and Arena Stage.
You can view a sample of her work below. Special thanks go to Mike Winch for lending his music.
On September 1, Charlie will joining Redtwist Theatre as Artistic Director. Redtwist is known for producing powerful drama, both modern classics and cutting-edge new work, in an intimate storefront setting. Her production of The Pride by Alexi Kaye Campbell will be produced in the spring.
Charlie is currently working with Aaron Posner in re-engineering The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Folger Theatre in DC. She's happy to be returning to one of her favorite places to work, and thrilled to be in the room with such a masterful director and group of actors.