Charles Morey Biography
Charles Morey was Artistic Director of the Pioneer Theatre Company since 1984. He directed more than seventy productions for PTC including the world premieres of Bess Wohl’s TOUCH(ED) and IN; the first regional theatre production of LES MISÉRABLES, THE PRODUCERS and THE VERTICAL HOUR , in addition to HAMLET, CHICAGO, METAMORPHOSES, JULIUS CAESAR, HUMBLE BOY, JAMES JOYCE’S THE DEAD, CYRANO DE BERGERAC and THE REAL THINGamong many others.
He is the author of nine plays including adaptations of the 19th century classic novels, THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, A TALE OF TWO CITIES, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, DRACULA and THE THREE MUSKETEERS, a translation/adaptation of Georges Feydeau’sTAILLEUR POUR DAMES, titled THE LADIES MAN as well as his original plays LAUGHING STOCK, DUMAS’ CAMILLE and THE YELLOW LEAF. His plays have gone on from their PTC premieres to successful productions at professional theatres across the country including the Denver Center Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, GEVA Theatre Center, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Asolo Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Meadow Brook Theatre, Shakespeare and Company, LA Theatreworks, PCPA Theaterfest, Peterborough Players, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Elm Shakespeare Company, Creede Repertory Theatre, Arvada Center, Sierra Repertory Theatre as well as hundreds of smaller professional theatres, amateur and university productions. LAUGHING STOCKwas nominated for the American Theatre Critics’ Association Steinberg Award and won the “Best New Play” citation from the New Hampshire Theatre Association and the “Readers Choice” Award for Best Play from the Sarasota Herald Tribune. THE LADIES MAN won the Denver Post ovation Reader’s Choice for “Best Comedy.” His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts.
From 1977 to 1988 he served as Artistic Director of New Hampshire’s Peterborough Players where he directed the world premieres of such plays as Percy Grange’s EMINENT DOMAIN and VIVIEN and poet laureate of the United States Donald Hall’s RAGGED MOUNTAIN ELEGIES. Over a twenty-five year career with the Players he directed or acted in over seventy productions.
New York directing credits include productions for the Ark Theatre Company and the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regionally he has directed for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, GEVA Theatre Center, Asolo Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the Meadow Brook Theatre, the American Stage Festival, PCPA Theatrefest and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
He began his career as an actor working with many New York and regional theatres such as the New York Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Dramatists, Ark Theatre Co, Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger, Syracuse Stage, Peterborough Players, Theatre by the Sea and many others.
He has served as both a panelist and on-site evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts and on the Board of Trustees of the National Theatre Conference. He received a BA from Dartmouth College and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony.