Composer, lyricist and dramatist Charles Gilbert is a writer,
director, composer and educator who specializes in the musical
theater. Currently Professor of Theater Arts and Head of the Musical
Theater Program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia,
Gilbert has worked with National Music Theater Network, Prince
Music Theater (formerly the American Music Theater Festival),
Gretna Theater, Delaware Theater Company, Opera Delaware, Covered
Bridge Theater and other professional theaters as director or
musical director for a variety of musical productions.
credits as a writer and composer is the 1979 musical Assassins,
source of the idea for the Stephen Sondheim musical which premiered
in New York in 1991. His musical B.G.D.F. was seen in New York
in 1983 in a showcase starring Gregg Edelman. His children's
musical A Is For Anything, commissioned by the Delaware Institute
for the Arts in Education, has been performed nearly a hundred
times for thousands of children in Pennsylvania, New York and
Delaware, and was selected as a finalist in the Buxton Quest
for New Musicals in 1992. His cabaret revue Watch The Birdie
was performed at Don't Tell Mama in New York and The Actors Center
in Philadelphia in 1993 ("Gilbert's music is versatile...
sharp, perceptive lyrics..." Keating, Philadelphia Inquirer),
and a revised version was presented at the Philadelphia Arts
Banks and the Douglas Fairbanks Theater in 1998. A reading of
his current work-in-progress, Realities, was presented in the
fall of 1996 ("sophisticated music and complex lyrics which
reveal character and advance the story... a considerable accomplishment..."
Mullinax, Wilmington News Journal).
Gilbert holds an MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University
and is a former member of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop. He
was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship (Established Professional
category) from the Delaware Division of the Arts in 1984.