Stage Director




Charlie is currently associate director on the Merry Wives of Windsor at the Folger Theatre in DC.





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Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

A touching comedy about a formidable retired woman and her acerbic dance instructor. Lily Harrison hires Michael Minetti to give her private dance lessons – one per week for six weeks – in her gulf-front condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. What begins as an antagonistic relationship blossoms into an intimate friendshiop as these two people from vcery different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears and joys while dancing the swing, tango, waltz, foxtrot, Cha Cha and contemporary dance. Overcoming their outward differences, Michael and Lily discover an unlikely but profound connection. By the final lesson, Lily shares her most closely guarded secret and Michael shares his greatest gifts, his loyalty and compassion. A comedy with music and dance, the play also addresses the serious issues of ageism and intolerance.


Richard Alfieri's 'Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,' presented by Open Door Repertory Company opened on January 18th at Open Door Rep's theatre space.  


Critical reception:

  • "...the two-character comedy by Richard Alfieri, is also a tender study of intimacy and loneliness. Its director, Charlie McGrath, keeps things moving."  - Doug Deuchler, Wednesday Journal