Charney serves as director of theatre for the department of performing arts at Clemson University. A past chair for Region IV and a past member of the National Selection Team for KCACTF, Charney currently works as a playwright and professor. The first two works in his “male dysfunction trilogy” have been read in both New York and Washington, and the first—<em>37 Stones or the Man Who Was a Quarry</em>—was produced by Charter Theatre in D.C., and in 2008 Off-Off Broadway by Working Man Clothes Productions. He serves as national coordinator of the Critics Institute and Dramaturgy Initiative through the Kennedy Center, and works each summer with Dan Sullivan and the Critics Institute in Waterford, Connecticut at the O’Neill. One of his most recent plays, <em>Shooting Blanks,</em> was performed and published by the New Works Festival in California. Charney won the Outstanding Theatre Educator Award from SCTA in 2005. His play, <em>Cat Scratch Fever, </em>was published this year in the journal <em>Grist,</em> and his play <em>The Power Behind the Palette </em>won the David Mark Cohen Award for Playwriting in 2010. He is a ten-time recipient of the Clemson University Board of Trustees’ Award for Faculty Excellence. He also serves for his second year as secretary of the Southeastern Theatre Conference.
Playwright's Lab at Hollins in collaboration with Mill Mountain Theatre offers this guest speakers series. All the talks are free and open to the public, hosted on the Waldron Stage of Mill Mountain Theatre, 20 Church Avenue, S.E., downtown Roanoke. (<a href="http://www.millmountain.org">http://www.millmountain.org</a>).