Charlotte Brathwaite, a native of Toronto, Canada, joined the internationally renowned La MaMa E.T.C’s Great Jones Repertory Company as an actor at the age of 16 and performed in New York and in over 12 countries with the company. As a freelance director, her work has been presented in theaters in America, Mexico, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Trinidad, Croatia and India.
She recently directed the performance piece Kleopatra: The Dead Don’t Bite with the Aarshi Theater Group and Naturaleza Humana companies in Kolkata, India; the Caribbean classic Smile Orange by Trevor Rhone at the Little Carib Theatre in Trinidad, West Indies; American Schemes by Radha Blank at New York City Summerstage in outdoor stages throughout New York City; a contemporary shake up of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams set in a post-Katrina, post- BP oil spill New Orleans; and the new play Passing by Dipika Guha at the Yale School of Drama.
A trained actor, dancer and director Brathwaite holds a Bachelors of Arts from the Amsterdam School for the Arts in the Netherlands (Physical Theater/Theater Making) and a Master of Fine Arts (Directing) from the Yale School of Drama. She is co-founder of the Berlin/New York based performance group Naturaleza Humana and has assistant directed for Yale Repertory Theater, Lincoln Center and Yale Opera. Brathwaite is the recipient of several awards and citations including a Princess Grace Foundation George C. Wolfe Award (2010), the Julian Milton Kaufman Prize (2011) and the Princess Grace Foundation/Baryshnikov Arts Center New Works Residency (2012).