Charles was first drawn to TimeLine as a young designer, because he knew they were a company on the rise, doing exciting and challenging work. His first show with the company was DEATH AND THE MADEN during TimeLine’s fifth season. Since then, he has designed 17 TimeLine productions.

TimeLine has a track record of doing consistently excellent work.  Each production pushes each artist to make not just a good artistic decision, but the BEST possible choice for that particular moment in our production. As a result, I feel that our work is concise and always aids in telling our story to the audience.  In the TimeLine experience, nothing feels extraneous or unnecessary.

His extensive credits include WOODY SEZ (Milwaukee Repertory); OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES (Chicago Company, Royal George Theatre); HAIRSPRAY and CURTAINS (Drury Lane); THE CLEAN HOUSE and CREDITORS (Remy Bumppo); THE ROSE TATTOO, MILL FIRE and ORPHEUS DESCENDING (Shattered Globe); A WRINKLE IN TIME (First Stage Children’s Theatre); LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE (Asolo Rep, Philadelphia Theatre Co., San Jose Repertory, Broadway in Chicago, 1st National Tour, 2nd National Tour); DO THE HUSTLE (Writers); OF MICE AND MEN (Steppenwolf); AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (Indiana Repertory); TREE (Victory Gardens); ECLIPSED (Northlight Theatre); THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP and SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (Peninsula Players Theatre); PAJAMA GAME and PIPPIN (The Music Theatre Company); and CARRIE (Bailiwick Chicago, Resident Designer). Current and upcoming work includes MURDER BALLAD (Bailiwick), CHICAGO and DIAL M FOR MURDER (Peninsula Players), BYE BYE BIRDIE (Drury Lane) and SLOWGIRL (Milwaukee Chamber Theatre).

Inspired by the TimeLine experience and a personal connection to the company’s mission, Charles became an Associate Artist in 2005:

I love seeing how a particular moment in the past can resonate in the present day, resulting in a deeper and richer experience for our audience.

Charles has received six Jeff nominations and two After Dark Awards.  He is a graduate of DePaul University, earning a BA degree with honors in English.  He Lives in Oak Park with his wife and two children.  Visit cooperportfolio.com.

Member of United Scenic Artists