Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts
SAG & AFTRA eligible
Area: Theatre Arts
Renee' L. Charlow graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, with a Masters In Fine Arts. Her concentration was in theatre pedagogy with the emphasis on performance. While at Virginia Commonwealth University, she served as an adjunct faculty member, teaching speech communication and black theatre history.
Ms. Charlow is an accomplished actress, storyteller, educator, and writer. She has been a performance consultant and has appeared in numerous productions in Tampa, FL, including: As You Like It, Spunk, The Pyramid Scheme, and The Crucible. Her one woman show Standin' On The Shoulders of My Ancestors was featured during the Ronald McNair Senior Awards Ceremony at the University of South Florida.
Ms. Charlow has several years experience as a theatre and art educator for youth organizations, including: Saturday's Children, The Islamic Academy of Virginia and the The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Her children's theatre directing projects include Great African Americans (Part 1&2), The Old King, and The Miss Meow Pageant.
Her academic and professional theatre appearances include The Trial of One Short Sight Black Woman versus Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae, The Bacchae, Twilight: Los Angeles, The Baptism, Superstar, and recently Lysistrata as a part of the Lysistrata Project. She appeared in a staged reading of Black Patti and The Troubadours at the 2001 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, NC. Film appearances include White Clouds, Blue Sky, God is a Woman and She is Gorgeous, and Hannibal.
Ms. Charlows' directing credits include For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf and That Gal Can Sing: Bessie Smith Story. Production credits include Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda, The Truth, and A Lesson Learned as part of the 2003 Spring Theatre Festival at Prince Georges Community College in Largo, MD.
Professor Renee' Charlow recently was a principal character in the filming of a commercial for The Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC. The national public service announcement is designed to build public support for America's urban schools. The commercial should be released before the end of the calendar year. Professor Charlow played the role of Ms. Waite---a public school chemistry teacher. Talk about art imitating life!!! This production made Professor Charlow eligible to join the Screen Actors Guild, and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, both highly acclaimed professional performing arts unions.
Scholastically she has researched, presented, and published Wole Soyinka in the winter of 1999 edition of the Black Arts Quarterly, Hip Hop Theatre in America for the 2001 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, NC, and Black Text: White Director at the 2001 Black Theatre Network Conference also in Winston Salem.
Ms. Charlow earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater arts from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. She is a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, and serves as a membership chair for The Black Theatre Network.
Arts Bldg. RM 274
- THEA 105 Introduction to Theatre
- THEA 106 Acting 1
- THEA 231 Theatre History
Areas of Expertise & Research: Acting/Directing, Children's Theatre, African American Theatre, Multicultural Theatre and Creative Dramatics