Charlie Marie McGrath is a freelance stage director. With a love for new plays, her stagings use symbolism, traces of magical realism and diverse casting, and frequently examine mortality as the driving force for life and art. 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. In new or old work, her goal is to haunt her audience with both the hope and disappointments of the current culture.
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 the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and Arena Stage.
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, as well as the 2019 Free For All, Romeo and Juliet.
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.
SDCF Observership at South Coast Rep
Charlie recently assisted on Amy Freed's SHREW!, helmed by Art Manke at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA. This was her second SDCF Observership.