Multiple award-winning author Charles Carr has written well over a thousand newspaper articles, magazine stories, and columns for many publications including the San Diego Union Tribune, The Californian, The North County Times, Parent Magazine, and ComputerScene and ComputorEdge magazines where he has been an editor for more than two decades. He is also a noted television producer/director with shows currently airing and in production on Cox Cable and elsewhere.
Carr has also been commissioned to write and/or directed many of his own stage plays. Several years ago, Carr, his wife, Marsi, and others looking for ways to help organizations struggling in difficult economic times, founded Art Animates Life.
To date, Art Animates Life -- a CA incorporated, federal non-profit -- has raised tens-of-thousands of dollars for San Diego area disaster relief, an arts non-profit and municipal gallery, a community outreach center, and several struggling community theaters. Art Animates Life members do not accept monetary compensation for their time and talent, including Carr's own commissions and royalties. An essential component of every Art Animates Life production is that large amounts of donation-only seating be provided to members the community who could not otherwise afford to experience excellent live theater. More info here.
Several years ago Carr was commissioned to adapt and direct the beloved Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. The play, titled Mr. Scrooge & Mr. Dickens, has sold out So Cal theaters for the past several years. Last year's shows were performed at the Park Avenue Center with 100% of proceeds directly benefitting children and seniors through the Escondido Community Services Department. Six 2013 shows will take place at San Marcos, CA's Conners Hall to benefit the San Marcos Historical Society. Visit Mr. Scrooge & Mr. Dickens.
The original play, All the Time in the World, has garnered broad acclaim from audiences and critics alike. The drama/mystery was performed to packed houses at the Maxine Theater's Staples Center, the Escondido Municipal Gallery and, most-recently, in June 2013 at the Charity Wings Art Center in San Marcos. More about All the Time in the World. Carr is working on a brand new adaptation of a classic Hitchcock thriller to be performed spring 2014.
In the 1990s, Charles wrote 3DHouse, a complete inside-and-out virtual reality tour of his family's log home in Southern California. One of the first virtual reality programs ever created, 3DHouse enjoyed tens of thousands of shareware downloads on all major portals. He also sold the rights to Radio Shack and Egghead Software. 3DHouse has since been featured in many books and articles about VR.
A professional musician for more than 20 years, Carr's guitar playing and arranging have been featured on many recordings. He toured both in and out of the country before settling down in San Diego's North County with his wife, Marsi, and their two children. He has repeatedly taken top honors in San Diego Songwriter's Guild competitions for his original musical compositions.
Carr has won many writing accolades, including San Diego Press Club awards for Best Column Writing, Best Consumer Writing, and Best Arts and Entertainment. He also edits stories and articles written by others for major national publications.
Carr is also a noted producer, director, and videographer. Several of his documentaries can currently be seen on So Cal's Cox Cable. Since its inception he has produced the Fallbrook International Film Festival's red carpet event and panel discussions.
Charles has also served as adult supervisor and creative adviser for the multiple award-winning original films Boy on the Moon (iVIE first place, Fallbrook Film Festival finalist), Sins of the Father (iVIE first place, VCTV Film of the Year) and Mystery High (iVIE, VCTV Storyteller of the Year, Fallbrook Film Festival finalist), and the full-length original stage play Auditioning Truths and Lies, which has been performed professionally at venues throughout Southern California.
Charles has been a contributor and technical advisor to L.A. and San Diego Parent magazines and receives dozens of requests each year to appear on Southern California television and radio stations to talk about important events. and judging
the national PRSA Journalism Awards. He also speaks from time-to-time to high schools and organizations about his eclectic life in the arts.
He will soon publish What a World, a
collection of writings.
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