Charlie Rhindress is an actor, writer, director and producer who has worked on more than 100 theatre productions since starting as a production assistant at the Ship’s Company Theatre in 1986. To date Charlie has had eighteen of his plays produced, including The Maritime Way of Life, which was nominated for a Canadian Comedy award as best new play, and Flying On Her Own, based on the life of the late Canadian singer/songwriter, Rita MacNeil. The latter was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2008. His plays have been produced by Neptune Theatre, Theatre Orangeville, Mulgrave Road Theatre, Live Bait Theatre, Victoria Playhouse, Ship’s Company Theatre, and Theatre NorthWest among others. He has also written or co-written more than 30 dinner theatre scripts Charlie is a co-founder and former Artistic Director of Live Bait Theatre. After twenty years with that company he served as Associate Artist at Neptune Theatre and Artistic Producer of Eastern Front Theatre. He has acted at theatres across the country and appeared in a number of film and television productions including Moonshine, Chapelwaite, Trailer Park Boys and Mr. D. His directing credits include the premiere of Cathy Jones' one woman show, Me, Dad and the Hundred Boyfriends as well as The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged) at Neptune Theatre, for which he received a Merritt award nomination as Best Director. He has also written best selling biographies of Rita MacNeil and Stompin’ Tom Connors. His Rita biography, I’m Not What I Seem, was shortlisted for Best First Book at the Atlantic Book Awards. Charlie received a New Brunswick Arts Award of Merit for contribution to the Cultural Life of NB; a lifetime membership from Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre for his support of Atlantic Canadian theatre; and was awarded an Established Artist Recognition Award from Arts Nova Scotia in 2014.
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