Shakespeare's HENRY V, New York City
After joining Equity and SAG-AFTRA, Charles earned a B.A. in English from Williams College, one of the country’s top liberal arts colleges, and after assisting the Artistic Director at San Diego Repertory Theater, he went on to earn an M.F.A in Directing at Rutgers University, where his directing training was guided by Amy Saltz and Hal Scott, and his acting training in the Meisner technique was received from William Esper and Maggie Flanigan.
While still at Rutgers, Charles was invited by Labyrinth Theater Company in New York to direct a new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. It’s success led to directing several more mainstage productions with Labyrinth, including Mr. Guirgis’s Race Religion Politics, which starred Philip Seymour Hoffman, and was the beginning of him membership in the company.
In addition to these early, formative collaborations with Mr. Guirgis and the great actors of Labyrinth, Charles has since directed and performed in hundreds of workshops and full productions with the company over his twenty-five years as a member. Other proud highlights include being asked to direct Labyrinth’s inaugural production as the resident company at The Public Theater. It gave the company a good start at that renowned and beloved theater. Ben Brantley wrote: “Mr. Goforth directs with a steady hand…and this production is sure to increase the cachet of Labyrinth Theater Company.”
Charles is gratified now to be able to share his work with his BFA students. Including the next generation of artists in his own work, is Charles’ deeply held priority and it all goes hand in hand as much as possible. As an acting instructor, he has worked the Meisner Studio at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, at Cornell University, and at Shenandoah Conservatory, where he was asked to help raise the acting program to the same level of the school’s renowned music and musical theater conservatories. And for over ten years, Charles has been a private instructor and coach, and has taught for New York’s most respected studios including The Maggie Flanigan Studio and HB Studios.
Most recently in 2017, in addition to the privilege of appearing in several workshops with Labyrinth, and outside the company, too, at Ensemble Studio Theater and The Cherry Lane, Charles is working as a director and dramaturg on new projects. He is proud to be commissioning and producing new work. His project’s website, CompassNeedle.org, has all the info. Charles would like to express gratitude to the artists he is currently working with on this project, and to his students, who teach him every day.
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