Multiple award-winning author Charles Carr has written literally thousands of 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 several documentaries 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. Art Animates Life is a scalable, replicable nonprofit model with the aim of properly acknowledging the role of culture bearers in the community.
To date, Art Animates Life has raised tens-of-thousands of dollars for San Diego area disaster relief, an arts nonprofit and municipal gallery, a community outreach center, an historical society, and several struggling community theaters. Thousands of So Cal theatergoers have been entertained and educated by Art Animates Life productions. Group members do not accept monetary compensation for their time and talent, including Carr's own commissions and royalties. Additionally, an essential element of every Art Animates Life production is that ticket pricing be mindful of those in the community who could not otherwise afford to experience excellent live theater. Art Animates Life -- a CA incorporated, federal nonprofit -- accepts tax deductible grants and donations from corporations, foundations, and private individuals. More info here.
Several years ago Carr was commissioned to adapt and direct the beloved Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. Shows for 2012 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 took place at San Marcos, CA's Conners Hall. Shows rapidly sold out with large numbers, regrettably, unable to get tickets (an issue that has already been addressed for future productions). 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. Learn more about All the Time in the World.
Carr is currently finishing a brand new adaptation of the classic Hitchcock thriller, The Lady Vanishes. The play, set in 1918 in the waning days of World War I, will be produced fall 2014 in conjuction with a series of WWI centennial observances in partnership with the San Marcos Arts Council and the San Marcos Historical Society.
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.
Since its inception, Carr 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.
Author of What a World, a collection of writing snippets, Carr enjoys speaking from time-to-time to high schools and organizations about his eclectic life in the arts.
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