Charles has been the Artistic Director of the Tasmanian Theatre Company since late 2007. He was, for ten years, the Artistic Manager of HotHouse Theatre, Australia’s most successful regional theatre. He trained at Flinders University Drama Centre and has worked in Australia and the USA as a director, lighting designer, actor and arts administrator. Charles has directed shows for the Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne Festivals and was Artistic Director of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus for five years. He was Artistic Director of Breadline Theatre and CIRKIDZ and General Manager of Mainstreet Theatre and has also worked for Sydney Theatre Company, Nimrod, The Theatre of the Deaf and Zootango Theatre. In 2007, Charles was the Interim General Manager of Ten Days on the Island. For TTC Charles has directed The Messiah (2009) and Partly It’s About Love … Partly It’s About Massacre (2010). He directed the Twentieth Anniversary Show for the Flying Fruit Fly Circus and co-directed a HotHouse Theatre and Flying Fruit Fly Circus co-production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Kim Walker. Charles was one of only two participants from Tasmania invited to contribute to the Towards a Creative Australia discussion at the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit. Charles is a member of the National Advisory Group for the Australian Script Centre, he is the Tasmanian Advocate for Playwriting Australia and was a member of the Regional Advisory Panel for La Trobe University. Charles was a member of the panel advising the Minister on Victoria Commissions projects and is currently a peer assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts. He was the inaugural Chair of the Victorian Regional Arts Fund, a director of the Border Trust Community Foundation and an executive member of the Regional Arts Board of Albury Wodonga.
Christine Joined TTC as AdministrationAssistant in July 2011. Christine comes to Tasmanian Theatre Company with an assortment of admin skills built up over far too many years of working in the Tasmanian arts industry. During the previous 3 years she worked for Ten Days on the Island as Operations Coordinator for festivals 2011 and 2009 where she supported the Operations Manager and Technical Manager with production logistics for the delivery of the festivals. Before that Christine spent 3 years as the office manager for Production Works, Hobart’s staging and events management company and before that she worked for the Terrapin Puppet Theatre Company as administrator. Christine also spent many years managing the craft gallery Aspect Design which was established by her husband Jon in 1978. In the dim and distant past of the 1980s Christine was the office manager of the Salamanca Arts Centre.
Max has worked on almost every TTC production for the last 3 years, including Poxed, I am My Own Wife, The Boy With The Longest Shadow, The Journey Girl, The Trade, The Tree Widows and Ordinary Days and assisted many, many independent artists and organisations at the Backspace from Hobart and beyond. Max wears many hats on a variety of projects and locations – as well as being the TTC’s Technical Manager, this year’s credits have included lighting designer, site manager, touring technician, production manager and technical consultant for 10 Days On The Island, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Dark Mofo and Festival Of Voices. Max holds a bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Tasmania and a Diploma of Live production from SPACE.