Charles Maryan was born and raised in Chicago.
Mr. Maryan began his theater career performing in
summer stock at Marengo, Illinois, while an
undergraduate at Dartmouth College. Upon graduation,
Mr. Maryan attended The Neighborhood Playhouse
School of the Theater in New York, where he studied
with Sanford Meisner. The following year he was
drafted. He spent a year and a half in Fontainableau,
France, courtesy of Uncle Sam, and then returned to
the States to graduate school at the Goodman Theater
in Chicago. While there, he directed his first
professional show, The Emperor Jones by
Eugene O’Neill, which was performed at the Blue
Angel Night Club. Returning to New York, Mr. Maryan
began an active career (twenty six shows in six
years) as a stage manager on and off Broadway, and
studied during the day, this time with Stella Adler.
Deciding to make a
change from stage managing to directing, he spent a
year at Yale University as the Director of the
Dramat, the Undergraduate Theaters Assoc. and he has
his first New York directing success with Anne
Sexton’s only play, Mercy Street at the
America Place Theater. Among Mr. Maryan’s other Off
Broadway directing include premieres of plays by Ira
Levin, Gary Bonasorte, Jose Yglesais, Deborah Wine
and Louis Peterson.
Regionally, he has
directed at Actors Theater of Louisville, Harford
Stage and the Baryter Theater, and was the Artistic
Director of California Actors Theater.
Internationally, Mr. Maryan has directed plays on
London’s West End and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival,
1994. As well as working in the theater Mr. Maryan
has participated in network television as a
director, producer and acting coach.
Most recently, he
was the acting consultant on As The World Turns,
a daytime show on CBS. Opera direction has always
played a part of Chuck’s career. His first reviewed
show in New York was Weill and Sundergard’s folk
opera Down in The Valley. Also, he has
directed a number of operas for New York’s Center
for Contemporary Opera that include: Vera of Las
Vegas, Summer, The Bald Soprano, Markhein, Kafka,
Letter to My Father, The Postman Always Rings Twice,
Tale for a Deaf Ear, Transformations, The Medium,.
The Telephone, Sorry, Wrong Number, and Angel
Levine. Mr. Maryan lives in New York City with
his costumer designer wife, Lana, and has a daughter
Abigael, who also lives and works in New York.