Stage Director Charles Maryan was born and raised in Chicago. Mr. Maryan began his theater career performing in summer stock at Marengo, Illinois, while an undergraduate at Dartmouth College. Upon graduation, Mr. Maryan attended The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater in New York, where he studied with Sanford Meisner. The following year he was drafted. He spent a year and a half in Fontainableau, France, courtesy of Uncle Sam, and then returned to the States to graduate school at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. While there, he directed his first professional show, The Emperor Jones by Eugene O’Neill, which was performed at the Blue Angel Night Club. Returning to New York, Mr. Maryan began an active career (twenty six shows in six years) as a stage manager on and off Broadway, and studied during the day, this time with Stella Adler.

Deciding to make a change from stage managing to directing, he spent a year at Yale University as the Director of the Dramat, the Undergraduate Theaters Assoc. and he has his first New York directing success with Anne Sexton’s only play, Mercy Street at the America Place Theater. Among Mr. Maryan’s other Off Broadway directing include premieres of plays by Ira Levin, Gary Bonasorte, Jose Yglesais, Deborah Wine and Louis Peterson.

Regionally, he has directed at Actors Theater of Louisville, Harford Stage and the Baryter Theater, and was the Artistic Director of California Actors Theater. Internationally, Mr. Maryan has directed plays on London’s West End and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 1994. As well as working in the theater Mr. Maryan has participated in network television as a director, producer and acting coach.

Most recently, he was the acting consultant on As The World Turns, a daytime show on CBS. Opera direction has always played a part of Chuck’s career. His first reviewed show in New York was Weill and Sundergard’s folk opera Down in The Valley. Also, he has directed a number of operas for New York’s Center for Contemporary Opera that include: Vera of Las Vegas, Summer, The Bald Soprano, Markhein, Kafka, Letter to My Father, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Tale for a Deaf Ear, Transformations, The Medium,. The Telephone, Sorry, Wrong Number, and Angel Levine. Mr. Maryan lives in New York City with his costumer designer wife, Lana, and has a daughter Abigael, who also lives and works in New York.


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