Islander Charlotte Gowdy to direct Myth of the Ostrich at Victoria Playhouse
Native Islander and theatre professional Charlotte Gowdy returns home from Stratford, Ontario this summer to direct Matt Murray’s Myth of the Ostrich at Victoria Playhouse. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France, Charlotte has been acting, directing, and teaching across Canada for almost twenty years.
Charlotte’s work includes seasons at the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, National Arts Centre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Neptune, Tarragon, St Lawrence Shakespeare, Theatre Lac Brome, Theatre Northwest, and the Blyth Festival, and television credits including Murdoch Mysteries for CBC TV. Charlotte held the position of Associate Artistic Director of the Thousand Islands Playhouse, where she recently directed a production of Ken Cameron’s Harvest.
In addition to acting, directing, and dramaturgy, Charlotte is an instructor in the drama departments at Sheridan College, Fanshawe College, and Queen’s University. Back on the Island, she has taught acting masterclasses for Holland College’s SoPA program, the University of Prince Edward Island, and for Theatre PEI. As an instructor, Charlotte specializes in clowning and physical theatre and will draw on these skills in her direction of Myth of the Ostrich, a comedic romp featuring three very different female characters.
“It’s a huge pleasure to be back home, directing this play at the beautiful Victoria Playhouse,” says Charlotte. “Growing up on the Island, I devoured all the theatre I could possibly see and it’s a wonderful feeling to come full circle by now contributing to PEI’s vibrant cultural scene. I can’t wait share this show with Island audiences!”
You can see Myth of the Ostrich at Victoria Playhouse from August 4 to September 2.