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Charles Andrew Gardner

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​​​Born and raised on Chicago's south side, actor, entrepreneur, educator, and SAG-AFTRA Chicago Local President Charles Andrew Gardner has a ​​​passion for illuminating the stories of the underrepresented. Over the past decade Charles has a become an avid arts education advocate, teaching and mentoring with Dime Child, After School Matters, HHW, Steppenwolf for Young Adults, Goodman Theatre, and Timeline Theatre, through which he has reached thousands of Chicagoland students. Charles is also an on-camera acting professor at DePaul University as well as a faculty member at The Acting Studio Chicago. Charles is a company member with Timeline Theatre Company where he has appeared onstage in Kill Move Paradise (Jeff nomination for Best Ensemble, Black Theatre Alliance Awards nomination for Best Ensemble) Paradise Blue (BTAA nomination for Best Featured Actor) and My Kind of Town (BTAA nomination for Best Actor) for which Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune named him one of 2012's “Hot New Faces to Watch”. Other Chicago theatre credits include His Shadow (Jeff no​mination for Best Actor) at 16th Street Theatre; Objects in the Mirror, Stop.Reset.(understudy), and Buzzer (understudy) at Goodman Theatre; How Long Will I Cry at Steppenwolf Theatre; Macbeth and Othello at The Suitcase Shakespeare Company; and The Great Fire (understudy) at Lookingglass Theatre. On-camera credits include The Chi and Chicago PD; films include Long Ride Home, Olympia, Exodus, Every 21 Seconds, and Holding On; as well as multiple national commercials. In addition to his work in the classroom, on stage and in front of the camera, Charles sits on the Associate Producer board at the Gene Siskel Film Center and is an advisory board member of Creative Cypher. ​