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Charles E. McCarry
Senior Production Designer-in-Residence (2013)
B.S. Temple University
M.F.A. Yale School of Drama
Charles is a Production Designer for film and television, and has been a Scenic Designer for the theatre.
Charles E. McCarry holds a B.S. from Temple University and an M.F.A from the Yale School of Drama, and is a member of United Scenic Artists local 829. He has taught scenic design at Carnegie-Mellon, Temple University and Barnard College, and film design at NYU. He also taught scenic design and served as Head of Design at SUNY Purchase College Design/Technology program from 2005-2010.
Charles' drawings for Television and Film are featured in Pat Woodbridge's Designer Drafting and Visualizing for the Entertainment World. His drawings for the Theatre are featured in Lynn Pecktal's Designing and Drawing for the Theatre and Masters of Modern Costume Design.
Creating the film sequence for the Broadway musical about Hollywood, City of Angels, for Broadway Designer Robin Wagner reignited Charles' enthusiasm for film design work in the midst of his theatre career. He has contributed to notable films including The Departed, School of Rock, The Producers, The Sixth Sense, Elf, and Wall Street. Other film work includes NY Art Direction for '42, Get Rich or Die Tryin', Cocktail and many more. His television work includes Ugly Betty, Sex and the City, Third Watch, Law & Order Criminal Intent, Law & Order SVU, The Late Show with David Letterman and Ed Sullivan Theatre renovation. He has also worked on Saturday Night Live as well as news & sports productions including ABC World News Tonight and the 2000 and 2004 NBC Olympics coverage.
Charles recently completed Production Design work on a dramatic series in Taiwan, Material Queen, and is about to embark on another production for the same producers there. He was nominated for the 2008 Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design for Art Direction of Ugly Betty. He won in 2006 for his work on that show. He was one of the nominees for the 2008 Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design for Art Direction of Ridley Scott's American Gangster.
Charles has been an assistant designer on wonderful Broadway productions including: The Will Rogers' Follies (Tony Nominee Best Scenic Design and Tony Best Musical), Jerome Robbins' Broadway (Tony Best Musical), Chess NY (No Tony but Infamous), City of Angels (Tony Best Scenic Design and Tony Best Musical) and many others. Off Broadway and regional Scenic Design includes work at Playwrights' Horizons, Yale Repertory Theatre, The Lambs Theatre, Philadelphia Drama Guild, New York Stage and Film, Goodspeed Opera, and many other theatres. Of the three theatres he has designed for live performance, New York's modest Soho Playhouse on Vandam Street remains.
Charles recently designed a second cigar shop at the intersection of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue in New York. And as Lou Reed said, "those memories are no longer available" but he does seem to recall 'designing' the alphabet city club 8 B.C., later memorialized in Rent in the song "La Vie Boheme."