Having grown up in Sydney, Charles moved to Melbourne to study architecture at Monash University where he developed a passion for spatial design. He pursued his interests in theatre and art abroad, travelling extensively throughout Europe before returning to Sydney to apply for NIDA.
Earlier this year, Charles designed the set for Kandahar Gate, a new play written by Stephen Sewell and co-designed NIDA’s Japanese performing arts festival Tearing the Mask. He also contributed animation designs for Conflux’s Commonwealth Games event, Perch Carnival, in Glasgow and designed the set for A Moment on the Lips at Sydney’s Old Fitzroy Theatre. Last year, he co-designed the set and costumes for a new production of George Bernard Shaw’s The Shewing Up of Blanco Posnet and production co-designed Willow’s music video No Sound for triple j Unearthed. Whilst at NIDA, Charles has worked as a model maker on productions premiering at Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir and Melbourne Theatre Company.
Charles is currently designing costumes for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup opening ceremony in Melbourne and realising his designs for Michael Gow’s new play Writing for Performance – A Personal View. Charles is thrilled to be a recipient of the 2014 William Fletcher Foundation Tertiary Grant for emerging artists.