Charlie Marie McGrath is the Directing Fellow at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC. An SDC Associate, she was awarded an Observership on Broadway in 2013, and was a Finalist for their Geilgud Fellowship in 2015. She’s 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, from the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center to the Bay Area Playwrights Foundation.
Her stagings use symbolism, traces of magical realism and diverse casting to examine mortality as the driving force for life and art. Her passion lies in reimagining the classics to resonate within her audience. In searching out what is unique about a script, she strives to marry a nuanced interpretation of the text to compelling images, and to reflect the an aspect of the current cultural experience. She is recognized for making older works immediate and relevant for contemporary audiences, for the polished clarity of her productions, and for creating a warm and collaborative atmosphere in the rehearsal room.
You can view a sample of her work below. Special thanks go to Lindsay Jones for lending his music.
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Charlie accepted an invitation to join STC in Washington, DC for the 2016-17 season as the company's Directing Fellow. She's worked on Ethan McSweeny's Tempest, Alan Paul's Romeo and Juliet, David Armstrong's The Secret Garden, Leisl Tommy's Macbeth, is currently working on Michael Kahn's production of School for Lies. She's also directed a successful staged reading at an Embassy and a small production of a new script. She will return to STC for the 2017-2018 season to assist on Ethan McSweeny's Twelfth Night and Joanna Settle's production of Heather Raffo's Noura.
Birmingham Children's Theatre
Charlie helmed BTC's season opener The Jungle Book, in a new adaptation with music originally commissioned in partnership with Seattle Children's Theatre and Children's Theatrew Company - Minneapolis.
Island Shakespeare Festival
Charlie is thrilled to make her debut with the Island Shakespeare Festival outside Seattle in the summer of 2018, and to take on one of her favorite stories, Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.