Charles has extensive experience across a wide range of live creative mediums, always valuing artistic and technical excellence. His career spans commercial musical theatre, mega-events, stadium and arena shows, government projects, arts organisations and experiential strategy as a producer, project manager and technical director.
In a varied career throughout Australia and around the globe, Charles has undertaken producing and management with such companies as The Australian Ballet, Vivid Sydney between 2011-2016, Canberra Centenary Celebrations in 2013 and recently worked on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony as Segment Producer and Projection Content Producer. In technical direction and coordination, he has been involved with, amongst other companies, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour (Opera Australia), Sydney New Year’s Eve (City of Sydney), Strictly Ballroom The Musical (Global Creatures), Beatbox and The Fire Machine at Dreamworld (JB World Events) and World AIDS Day. Charles also consults for a wide range of companies in developing flexible creative systems and processes, as well as destination and experiential strategy both here and overseas.
In 2016/17 Charles acted as General Manager for the hugely successful creative company Ample Projects, which conceived new precincts for one of Australia’s largest annual events; Vivid Sydney, as well as develop creative strategy and produce activations throughout mainland China, USA and Australia. Charles started engaging professionally with Asia when he worked for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s company, The Really Useful Group, planning and coordinating first class musical touring and licensing of products including The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies and CATS (among others). Charles continues to work with RUG as a consultant.
When Charles co-founded Sketch Evolution more than six years ago the company developed an important focus on Asia. He is a frequent visitor to Japan (and is learning to speak the language) where he consults on the import, export and development of major theatrical products, and actively looks to engage with the Japan market. Through Sketch Evolution, Charles continues to collaborate with various other partners throughout the Asia region as a production, technical and creative consultant, tour broker and producer. He is extending the company’s reach with collaborators and partners in a range of territories apart from Japan including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. These days Charles’ connections also extend to the USA, Britain and parts of Europe.
Having started as a young orchestral musician and working in lighting departments throughout Sydney, Charles attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), with a Bachelor of Dramatic Art in Production. He has always prided himself on being able to speak both the creative and technical languages, communicating through a wide range of technologies. He has the skills to see the big picture and liaise with a variety of stakeholders in development and delivery. He relishes attention to detail in all parts of the process and enjoys managing detailed budgets.