Charles is a stage, screen and voice actor born and raised in Chicago. SAG-AFTRA eligible, Charles has starred in countless independent and short films – including a number of award winning projects. He also appeared in the Bollywood Blockbuster Dhoom 3. Charles first earned recognition for his work with four-time Emmy winner Rory Karpf in the independent short film “Marbles.” On stage, he’s had lead roles in plays such as “Nana’s Choice,” “The Karaoke Artist” and “Half and Half” while also performing supporting roles in classics such as “Six Degrees of Separation” and “12 Angry Men.” He was a founding member of the exciting young improv group Electric Lunchbox, a featured team at 2011’s Chicago Improv Festival. His on-camera representation is with Actors Talent Group.
Charles is a life-long city kid. He spent his youth immersed in the arts and even had his artwork displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago at the age of ten. As a young child, Charles got his first taste of the stage by performing magic. Later, while attending school at Francis W. Parker, he had brushes with performing again in productions such as the Odyssey, Oliver and Hamlet. Some of Charles’ notable training includes institutions such as Act One Studios, the Annoyance, Boston University, the Chicago Acting Studio, iO Chicago and the Second City. Outside of the arts, Charles works as an advertising executive. He’s led marketing efforts for blue-chip brands such as Kellogg’s, Whirlpool, LEGO and McDonald’s among others. In November 2010, after years of juggling the arts and advertising, Charles left his successful career to pursue his passions full time.
Early in 2011, Charles collaborated with four-time Emmy award winning Director Rory Karpf playing the lead role in the independent short film “Marbles.” During the Summer, Marbles was accepted into the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. Prior to working on “Marbles,” Charles starred in “Positive” a short film directed by Elias Feghaly which was submitted to the Cannes Film Festival. Since then, Charles has starred in a number of independent and short films including Eschaton, You Bet, Telos, What About Chrissy and the 2013 thriller Captive among others. In 2012, Charles became SAG-AFTRA eligible after being cast in the Bollywood Blockbuster Dhoom 3. Footage of some of Charles’ film projects can be found in the Video | Audio section.
In Summer 2011, Charles teamed up with Black Dove Productions and Director Aaron Lucas for a second time. Charles played the lead in the musical play “The Karaoke Artist.” While starring as Skip, Charles also had the opportunity to showcase his singing talents. Charles next performed with Passion Theatre and Director Jerry Miller in a production of “Bang Bang You’re Dead.” After a short break from the theatre, Charles returned to the stage for the Eclectic Theatre Company 2013 production of John Guare’s “Six Degrees of Separation” and Actor-Factor’s “12 Angry Men.” In 2014, Charles made his debut at the prestigious Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights, IL. He was hired to understudy the male lead in “Half and Half.”
Charles’ improv group Electric Lunchbox had a thrilling two year run with over 100 performances. Along with being honored to play in the 2011 Chicago Improv Festival, the Box’s credits included shows at Second City, iO and the Annoyance, as well as regular gigs on Saturdays at Studio Be. In 2012, the Box decided to take an indefinite break.