Charles “Chuck” Ney is a professor of directing and acting in the Department of Theatre and Dance He has directed at New York City’s Working Man’s Clothes Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theatre, the Kennedy Center and Manhattan Clearing House. He recently founded a new theatre company, Horizon Line Theatre, which produced a critically acclaimed production of ‘hang’ last fall. His Richard III received seven nominations from the Austin Circle of Critics and his production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was cited as one of the ten best productions of the year by the Austin Chronicle. Chuck has been artistic director at Manhattan Clearing House Contemporary Performing Arts Center, Mary Moody Northen Theatre and Idaho Repertory Theatre. Bloomsbury’s Arden Shakespeare division recently published his two-volume Directing Shakespeare in America. Historical Perspectives was published in 2018 and Current Practices in 2016.
He is also program director of TSU's annual summer Shakespeare in England program, working with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and with London's Globe Theatre.
He has directed at the Kennedy Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theatre and Zach Scott Theatre Center. His Texas State University directing credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream, (Austin Circle of Critics [ACOT] nomination for best director), Richard III (recipient of 7 ACOT nominations including best director and best production), As You Like It, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Going after Cacciato (world premiere of Romulus Linney's adaptation of Tim O'Brien's novel of the same title), A Little Night Music, and Transposing Shakespeare. Acting credits include: Leonard in Seminar, Polonius in Hamlet, Henry Boyd in The Two Lives of Napoleon Beasley (for which he was nominated for ACOT outstanding lead actor) and Nonno in Night of the Iguana. Past accomplishments include artistic director at Idaho Repertory Theatre and Manhattan Clearing House.
He has just finished volume one of a two book series, Directing Shakespeare in America.
Current Practices will be published by Bloomsbury's Arden Shakespeare series in early 2016. It is the result of extensive travel to Shakespeare theaters coast to coast, interviewing over 60 artistic director and directors about their working methods and productions. He has also written articles for American Theatre Magazine.
He PhD is from the University of Illinois and has an MFA in Directing from Southern Methodist University as well as a BFA in Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University. While at SMU he took an additional year's coursework in acting conservatory.