Charlie is currently studying at New York University, where he is in his third year in the Playwrights Horizons Studio at the Tisch School for the Arts. He is pursuing a BFA in Theater with a Concentration in Directing, and minoring both in Film and the Business of Entertainment, Media, & Technology. Charlie says, “I recently had my directorial debut at NYU the weekend before Thanksgiving. I directed a production of the play “Springtime” by Maria Irene Fornes. I am going to spend the Spring semester abroad in Prague at the FAMU film academy, which teaches how to make short films on 35mm film print. I will be there from late January until May.”
Charlie is also working on bringing some talented alumni back to St. Andrew’s campus as a part of his proposed SAS Alumni Festival this summer. He says, “The festival will take place between June 22-26, 2016, and will serve as a creative outlet where alumni can showcase or workshop creative projects in a supportive setting using St. Andrew’s state-of-the-art facilities. Thinking as a producer, I realized that I not only wanted to direct a show but wanted to propose a program for the school that would allow other alumni (not just in the theater arts) the same opportunity that I was being afforded.” Charlie plans to direct the play “Museum” as a part of the Alumni Festival this summer.
Charlie credits St. Andrew’s for jumpstarting his creative pursuits by giving him a safe space to take risks, “St. Andrew's fostered a community in which I started to feel comfortable taking risks. [Upper School Theatre teacher] Rick Garcia allowed me to direct a show my senior year when I had absolutely no experience in that field. That was my first time directing anything, and now I'm trying to become a professional director. I am grateful that Rick allowed me to take a risk at a time when I needed to.”
His advice for his fellow St. Andrew’s students: “Don't wait around for anyone to bring you the future you want to have. Don't be afraid to ask a professional you admire out for coffee. More often than not it will work out in your favor.”
Located in Austin, Texas, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private co-ed elementary, middle and high school for grades K-12. Students benefit from dedicated faculty, a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.