About

CHARLES GILBERT, composer, writer, director and SAVI savant, has headed the Musical Theater Program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia since its inception in 1990.  His score for Gemini the Musical, which premiered at the Prince Music Theater in 2004, received a Barrymore nomination for Outstanding Original Music. He received a second Barrymore nomination for Outstanding Musical Direction for A Year With Frog And Toad at the Arden Theater; recent music directing credits also include Randy Newman’s The Middle of Nowhere at the Prince and The Fantasticks at People’s Light and Theater Company.

Gemini, created in collaboration with playwright Albert Innaurato, is the most recent of Gilbert’s works for the musical stage.  Other musicals include A Tiny Miracle, Watch The Birdie, Realities, Goosefeathers and A Is For Anything (recently revived by the Blue Ridge Theater Festival). His 1979 musical Assassins was the sources of the idea for the Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman musical of the same name, recently revived on Broadway to acclaim that included seven Tony awards.

Gilbert’s accomplishments as a stage director are equally distinguished.  Recent credits include the recent revival of Anyone Can Whistle at the Prince Music Theater, starring Chuck Wagner and Jane Summerhays, and two productions at the International Festival of Musical Theater in Cardiff, Wales: A Lyrical Opera Made By Two (Gertrude Stein and William Turner’s cubist lesbian romance) and Songs for a New World. He was Musical Theater Coordinator for the Kevin Smith/Miramax film Jersey Girl, and appears in the film as Sweeney Todd.  Gilbert received his MFA in Directing from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1977, and has also directed for Opera Delaware and the National Music Theater Network.

Gilbert is a leading educator in the field of singer-actor training and a founder and officer of the Music Theater Educators Alliance. His SAVI System of singer-actor training forms the core of the curriculum at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and he has taught workshops and masterclasses at colleges and symposia in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom.

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