Charlie Rhindress (born May 9, 1966) is an actor, writer, director and producer living in his hometown of Amherst, Nova Scotia. He was educated at Mount Allison University and is a co-founder and former Artistic Director of Live Bait Theatre, based in Sackville, New Brunswick.
|Born||May 9, 1966|
Amherst, Nova Scotia
|Alma mater||Mount Allison University|
|Period||1991 to present|
|Genre||Actor, Writer, Director, Producer|
|Notable works||The Maritime Way of Life (1997)|
Flying On Her Own (2000)
I'm Not What I Seem (2016)
Stompin' Tom: The Myth and the Man (2019)
To date Rhindress has had seventeen of his plays produced, including The Maritime Way of Life, which was nominated for a Canadian Comedy award as best new play, and Flying On Her Own, based on the life of the late Canadian singer/songwriter, Rita MacNeil. The latter was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2008. Three of Rhindress's plays have been produced at Ship's Company Theatre in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia: Ivor Johnson's Neighbours (2009), The Maritime Way of Life (2012) and Making Contact (2013). Charlie has also written or co-written more than 30 dinner theatre scripts.
The Canadian Encyclopedia says that Rhindress's work "suggests that New Brunswick is fertile ground for popular comedy. Of particular note is Rhindress's The Maritime Way of Life (1999), a dark satire on traditional East Coast lifestyles and personalities. Despite its vicious sarcasm, extensive cross-dressing, and absurd humour, The Maritime Way of Life is very popular with Atlantic audiences."
His first book, I'm Not What I Seem - The Many Stories of Rita MacNeil's Life, was published by Formac Publishing in 2016. It was a bestseller in the Maritimes and was short listed for the Best First Book Award from the Atlantic Books Awards. His second book, Stompin’ Tom Connors: The Myth and the Man, was released in September of 2019 and has also appeared on multiple bestseller lists.
Rhindress has acted in over fifty productions at theatres across Canada. His film and television credits include Red Rover, Black Eyed Dog, Trailer Park Boys, Haven, Mr. D, and Chapelwaite. He also starred in a very popular television commercial for Pro-Line which aired for over two years.
His directing credits include the premiere of Cathy Jones' one woman show, Me, Dad and the Hundred Boyfriends at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto and The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged) at Neptune Theatre in Halifax, for which he received a Merritt award nomination as Best Director.
He is the former Associate Artist for Neptune and a former Artistic Producer of Eastern Front Theatre.
Much of Rhindress's career has been spent telling the stories of Canada's Maritime provinces and its people. In addition to his works about Rita MacNeil and Stompin' Tom Connors he has written about The Great Amherst Mystery and a famous murder case from Sackville, New Brunswick. He has adapted novels from Maritime writers Charles G.D. Roberts and Bruce Graham for the stage. He helped create Esther Fest, a celebration of Esther Cox and The Great Amherst Mystery in his hometown of Amherst, N.S. In Sackville, N.B. he helped establish the Sackville Arts Wall. He has also worked extensively with The Anne Murray Centre creating and presenting special events, including The Maritime Music Fest. In 2019 he created a musical tribute to Rita MacNeil, "I'm Not What I Seem," which has toured Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Rhindress has been awarded the New Brunswick Arts Award of Merit for contribution to the Cultural Life of NB, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre for his contributions to Atlantic Canadian Theatre, and an Established Artist Recognition Award from the Province of Nova Scotia.
- Guilty! The Story of the Great Amherst Mystery (1991, revised 1993)
- Elvis Presley Is Alive and Well and Living in Sackville (1992)
- A Christmas Carol (1992)
- It's a Wonderful Christmas (1993)
- Gates Motel (1994)
- Under the Night (1996) with composer/lyricist Dean Burry
- The Maritime Way of Life (1997, revised 1999)
- Flying On Her Own (2000, revised 2004) featuring the songs of Rita MacNeil
- Home and Away (2003) with composer/lyricist Dean Burry
- The Heart That Knows (2008) with composer/lyricist Dean Burry (adapted from the novel by Charles G.D. Roberts)
- Ivor Johnson's Neighbours based on the novel by Bruce Graham (2009)
- Boo (2009)
- Making Contact (2013)
- Selfie (2015) with original music by Alex Rhindress
- Reader Be Thou Also Ready (2015) based on the novel by Robert James
- The War of Conditioning (March 2019)
- Life Happens (Premiered online July 2020)
- I'm Not What I Seem - The Many Stories of Rita MacNeil's Life (2016)
- Stompin’ Tom Connors: The Myth and the Man - An Unauthorized Biography (2019)
- Kitts, Colleen. "The family that plays together," The New Brunswick Telegraph Journal Reader, May 3, 2003, pp. 11-13.
- "Ship's Company Theatre Production History". Ship's Company Theatre. Archived from the original on November 27, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-05.
- "Ship's Company Theatre Productions". Ship's Company Theatre. Archived from the original on November 27, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-05.
- "Drama in English: Turning the 21st Century". Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
- Sackville.com, Live Bait, Accessed June 22, 2009
- Mulgrave Road Theater, ...a solo show in which a totally unprepared writer/performer wants to be funny while attempting to tell us something he doesn’t know how to say..., Accessed June 22, 2009