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Charles Andrew Gardner

Charles Andrew Gardner

Born and raised on Chicago's south side, actor, director, producer, and teaching artist Charles Andrew Gardner has a passion for illuminating the stories of the underrepresented. Over the past decade his teaching experience has spanned Dime Child, After School Matters, HHW, Steppenwolf for Young Adults, and Timeline Theatre Company’s Living History program, through which he has reached hundreds of Chicagoland students. On-camera credits include Chicago PD; feature films Olympia, Noise and Color, Every 21 Seconds, and Holding On; as well as multiple national commercials for brands including Hyundai, Liberty Mutual, Ford, and AT&T. Voice-over credits include Pepsi Co. , McDonald’s, Comcast, Walmart, and Dunkin' Donuts. Charles is an Artistic Associate with Timeline Theatre Company where he has appeared in 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 Objects in the MirrorStop.Reset.(us), and Buzzer(us) at Goodman Theatre; How Long Will I Cry at Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Macbeth and Othello at The Suitcase Shakespeare Company; The Great Fire(us) at Lookingglass Theatre Company and Spectacle Lunatique at Redmoon Theater. He received his BFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University, and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association. In addition to his work on stage and in front of the camera, Charles is Vice President of Creative Cypher and President of Chicago Local SAG-AFTRA.



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Charles (Charles Andrew Gardner - Camera 2) gave me confidence in my acting abilities (which I needed)! I feel ready for the audition room. He was constructive and supportive and his teaching exceeded my expectations.

— Genesis Harwell

Charles (Charles Andrew Gardner - On Camera 2) was amazing! This class exceeded my expectations. I learned so much from Charles and his feedback was always very constructive and useful. I've signed up for Camera 3!

— Andy Ricci

"Griffin had his very first audition for a commercial this week and he now has a callback!  He is very excited and said that he wasn't very nervous because of what you (Charles Andrew Gardner, Instructor - Grades 3-5 On Camera Technique)  taught him in class. Thank you." 

— Julie Drake


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ASC alum Amanda Crockett was cast as the Cat in Cat in the Hat at the Northbrook Theater, and is currently performing in the Midnight Circus' fall Circus in the Parks tour.