CHARLES SAVAGE's extensive career as a Director and Producer in Theatre and as a Writer in Film and for the Stage spans over 35 years.
He has been the Artistic Director of three large UK regional theatres and has directed over 300 productions, some of which he also wrote and produced, in television, film and radio as well as on the stage.
His particular passion and commitment has always been for creating opportunities for talented new writers and performers.
Charles Savage began his career, after training at the Central School of Speech and Drama, when he won a prestigious ABC TV Bursary to be a trainee director, initially at the ROYAL COURT THEATRE, London, then at the ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, Stratford. He was then appointed Associate Director at the new NORTHCOTT THEATRE, Exeter and subsequently Associate Director at the NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE, which he also ran for a year during the sabbatical of its Artistic Director, Stuart Burge. During this time he wrote and directed the comedy 'WAITER! WAITER!' which was performed with a stellar cast Off Broadway, New York and also won a commission to write a series for BBC World Drama. This began his writing career for stage and television.
By the age of 28 he had become the Artistic Director of the 1000 seat LYCEUM THEATRE, Crewe. He stayed there for 3 years and won THE GUARDIAN 'NEW ARTISTS AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING AND SUPPORT OF NEW WRITING'. For the next 10 years he was Artistic Director of the WYVERN THEATRE, Swindon, where he set up and directed the major National Touring Company SOUTHERN EXCHANGE.
Charles then went on to create a script development company, PARAGRAPH INTERNATIONAL, which was based in London and at PINEWOOD STUDIOS. During this period he wrote, directed and produced the first of the childrens' musicals, based on BBC TV animation characters, that have become very much a part of the theatre scene today. It is generally recognized that he set the standard with the hugely successful and popular musicals of 'POSTMAN PAT' and 'FIREMAN SAM' that were to tour for the next 7 years worldwide.
He subsequently had a short spell as an Academic, creating and directing the very first University 'Stand Up Comedy' Degree Course with his colleague, the Comedy Historian, Dr. Chris Ritchie.
Charles has been appointed Director and Chief Executive of the CRAFT CENTRAL ORGANISATION in Clerkenwell, London.