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Charlie Bowles

Associate Critic


Charlie Bowles is currently the Producer of Institutes and Workshops for NMCA, Inc. and the Secretary/Treasurer for the Board. NMCA focuses on the acting and directing methods developed by Michael Chekhov, the legendary Russian actor and teacher. Charlie produces the Chekhov Theatre Institutes with Lisa Dalton and Wil Kilroy and manages day-to-day operations of the Association.

Theater training began at CATS (Creative Arts Theatre & School) in 2004 after an invitation to play in a musical with his daughter turned into a passion for theater for both. With classes in acting, singing and directing, he began to seek more advanced training. This led to a study of the Shakespeare canon and a Month-Long Intensive Workshop at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass.

Charlie had a long business career during 35-years with Verizon in various manager positions. He received his BBA in Business Management from Amber University in 1994 and completed the MBA in Technology Management in 2003 at University of Phoenix. He retired from Verizon in 2004 and began a more concentrated study of acting while teaching his daughters homeschool.

In the course of 35-years, Charlie managed departments and programs, as a technical manager, Project Manager, and Marketing Product Manager. This involved numerous public speaking conferences and public communications via writing. He developed a strong writing style, able to turn difficult technical documents and explanations into accessible, understandable information for non-technical people.

Charlie was a member of Toastmasters International and served numerous officer positions, including the District 25 Toastmasters Newsletter Editor, where he learned to communicate through journalistic writing. He studied journalism courses to become a better writer. Charlie now edits the NMCA, Inc. News & Notes, both online and in print.

After serving on several Boards of non-profit Corporations, he learned to operate business in a volunteer organization and this served him in several later positions.

Charlie was elected President of the Board of Directors of Creative Arts Theatre & School in Arlington, Texas and in time became the Acting Executive Director for 3 years. During this time, he learned the job of producing theatrical productions and, as a former sound engineer and recording studio engineer, he began to produce sound for many CATS productions, working closely with youth technicians to make the complex audio science accessible to them.

Eventually Charlie discovered Michael Chekhov training through Lisa Dalton and brought her training to CATS for two years and then to University of Texas at Arlington. He left CATS in 2009 to began a serious study in theater arts and acting, including a comprehensive study of all acting teachers and their systems, directing methods, script analysis, and history of theater, with an emphasis on Russian theater in the 1800's.

This study has led to work on two books tracing the origins of the world's actor teaching systems and the purpose of theater art in world history. Several journal articles on acting theory are penned for publication to the Michael Chekhov teacher candidates in 2012.

In 2010, Charlie worked with Lisa Dalton and Wil Kilroy to formally create the National Michael Chekhov Association (NMCA, Inc.). He performs accounting, website development, Newsletter publishing and marketing, as well as Productions.

In 2011, Charlie produced the creation of Lisa Dalton's performance of The Darling by Anton Chekhov. This production has toured Fort Worth, New York Fringe Festival, Annual Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Ridgefield, CT, Palm Springs and Los Angeles, CA.

Charlie has played parts in Seussical The Musical, Circus of Dreams, Macbeth, Christmas Carol, Christmas Carol Miracle, Walking Across Egypt, and Inherit The Wind. He reads and analyzes plays for his workshops and holds Dueling Arts International Actor Combatant certificates for Broadsword, Rapier, Rapier-Dagger and Unarmed Combat. He's a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and Stage Managers Association.

Past Reviewed Shows listed by most recent to oldest.


Show Theatre Company Posted
COURT-MARTIAL AT FORT DEVINS African American Repertory Theater 2/23/2016
GEE'S BEND African American Repertory Theater 9/1/2014
CROWNS African American Repertory Theater 10/30/2012
FREE MAN OF COLOR African American Repertory Theater 2/8/2012
THE FIFTH SUN Artes de la Rosa Cultural Center for the Arts 9/11/2012
BYE BYE BIRDIE Artisan Center Theater 4/26/2016
EMMA Artisan Center Theater 2/11/2014
RICHARD III Bare Bones Shakespeare 7/11/2017
THIS RANDOM WORLD Churchmouse Productions 1/31/2018
EVERY BRILLIANT THING Circle Theatre 6/18/2018
RIPCORD Circle Theatre 8/22/2017
THE TAMING Circle Theatre 8/23/2016
OTHER DESERT CITIES Circle Theatre 10/27/2015
MASS APPEAL Circle Theatre 6/23/2015
MY NAME IS ASHER LEV Circle Theatre 2/3/2015
SEE HOW THEY RUN Circle Theatre 8/14/2012
DIVISION AVENUE Contemporary Theatre of Dallas 11/26/2013
THE SUNSHINE BOYS Contemporary Theatre of Dallas 9/24/2013
ANGELS FALL Contemporary Theatre of Dallas 4/23/2013
JAILBAIT Dallas Actor's Lab 8/26/2013
BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE Dallas Theater Center 10/3/2016
A CHRISTMAS CAROL Dallas Theater Center 12/3/2012
THE LION IN WINTER Denton Community Theatre 1/27/2016
THE BALD SOPRANO and THE LESSON Drag Strip Courage 3/22/2018
THE CATCH DVA Productions, Inc. 3/25/2013
RAVENSCROFT Garland Civic Theatre 7/27/2016
CHICAGO Garland Civic Theatre 1/21/2014
THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO Garland Civic Theatre 4/16/2012
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES Greater Cleburne Carnegie Players 9/18/2012
THE BOOK CLUB PLAY Greater Lewisville Community Theatre 5/2/2016
HAIR Greater Lewisville Community Theatre 10/21/2014
SANDERS FAMILY CHRISTMAS Greater Lewisville Community Theatre 12/3/2012
THE COLOR PURPLE – THE MUSICAL Jubilee Theatre 8/5/2015
SUNSET BABY Jubilee Theatre 6/9/2015
JUBILATION THE CHRISTMAS MUSICAL Jubilee Theatre 12/22/2013
KNOCK ME A KISS Jubilee Theatre 5/27/2013
FLIGHT Jubilee Theatre 10/2/2012
PRETTY FIRE Jubilee Theatre 2/21/2012
THE NUTCRACKER Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts 11/18/2012
THE ARSONISTS Kitchen Dog Theater 11/10/2014
DETROIT Kitchen Dog Theater 9/30/2013
TURN OF THE SCREW Kitchen Dog Theater 4/2/2012
THE GOAT OR, WHO IS SYLVIA? L.I.P. Service 5/29/2016
THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT L.I.P. Service 3/18/2015
DOWN THE ROAD L.I.P. Service 11/5/2012
RAFT OF THE MEDUSA Level Ground Arts 5/7/2012
LORD OF THE FLIES Level Ground Arts 3/7/2012
FLY BABIES Lunatic Theatre Company 6/22/2017
TALLKING PICTURES MainStage Irving-Las Colinas 5/30/2017
33 VARIATIONS MainStage Irving-Las Colinas 1/18/2016
PHANTOM MainStage Irving-Las Colinas 7/29/2014
A STEADY RAIN MainStage Irving-Las Colinas 2/5/2013
A MOMENT IN THE LIFE OF WILLA DEE ARVIS MBS Productions 4/4/2017
DANTE: INFERNO MBS Productions 10/22/2013
ADAM AND EVE IN THE GARDEN OF DELIGHTS, OR LOVE MBS Productions 6/11/2013
TRIUMPH OF LOVE MBS Productions 2/11/2013
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING LOVELY MBS Productions 7/23/2012
GYPSY Music Theatre of Denton 3/5/2013
THE FOUR OF US Outcry Theatre Company 6/13/2012
FATHER OF THE BRIDE Plaza Theatre Company 9/24/2014
SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL Plaza Theatre Company 8/6/2014
ENCHANTED APRIL Plaza Theatre Company 4/22/2014
DEAR RUTH Plaza Theatre Company 9/17/2013
THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE Plaza Theatre Company 4/23/2012
PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE Resolute Theatre Project 4/10/2018
STANDING 8 COUNT Rite of Passage Theatre Company 3/14/2015
ROMEO AND JULIET Rockwall Community Playhouse 2/10/2015
CRISIS Rover Dramawerks 5/31/2016
SOMETHING'S AFOOT Rover Dramawerks 1/28/2013
LOVE IN E FLAT Rover Dramawerks 7/16/2012
NEVERMORE! EDGAR ALLAN POE, THE FINAL MYSTERY Runway Theatre 1/26/2016
LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR Runway Theatre 6/2/2014
HALLELUJAH GIRLS Runway Theatre 2/1/2012
NOCTURNE Second Thought Theatre 4/7/2014
IN A FOREST, DARK AND DEEP Second Thought Theatre 8/19/2013
SONS OF BENNETT Sibling Revelry Productions 4/9/2013
AN OCTOROON Stage West 9/5/2018
THE (CURIOUS CASE OF THE) WATSON INTELLIGENCE Stage West 2/24/2015
GABRIEL Stage West 1/16/2013
WHAT THE BUTLER SAW Stage West 7/10/2012
THE SPORTS PAGE Stage West 2/14/2012
THE THREE SISTERS Stolen Shakespeare Guild 10/24/2017
LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST Stolen Shakespeare Guild 2/22/2017
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Stolen Shakespeare Guild 2/15/2017
OUR TOWN Stolen Shakespeare Guild 4/14/2015
ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL Stolen Shakespeare Guild 2/26/2014
THE WINTER'S TALE Stolen Shakespeare Guild 2/18/2013
TWELFTH NIGHT Stolen Shakespeare Guild 2/13/2012
TRUE WEST The Basement 6/2/2015
BUÑUEL DESCENDING The Ochre House Theater 6/27/2016
BLINK The Ochre House Theater 11/3/2015
MAMA WON'T FLY Theatre Arlington 8/10/2015
PETE 'N' KEELY Theatre Arlington 4/3/2012
TWELVE ANGRY JURORS Theatre Frisco 8/27/2012
MEN ON THE VERGE OF A HIS-PANIC BREAKDOWN Theatre New West 8/13/2013
FIX ME, JESUS Theatre Three 9/21/2015
PRESENT LAUGHTER Theatre Three 8/10/2012
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Trinity Shakespeare Festival 6/16/2013
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Trinity Shakespeare Festival 6/19/2012
ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS WaterTower Theatre 8/11/2016
CREEP WaterTower Theatre 10/8/2015
I'LL REGRET THIS TOMORROW WaterTower Theatre 3/14/2015
¡MY SWEET BAT-CEAÑERA! WaterTower Theatre 3/14/2015
THE EXPLORERS CLUB WaterTower Theatre 1/22/2015
BONNIE & CLYDE WaterTower Theatre 10/18/2014
MOZART'S MUZE WaterTower Theatre 3/16/2014
MORE OUT OF THE LOOP FESTIVAL REVIEWS WaterTower Theatre 3/11/2013
BREADCRUMBS WingSpan Theatre 10/10/2016