Charlie O’Leary is a New York-based playwright, dramaturg, songwriter, and sometimes-producer. He is a lyricist in the Advanced BMI Workshop and a founding member of Open Booth Theatre Company. He is also an alumnus of the inaugural Playwrights Group at Project Y Theatre, the Brooklyn Generator, and the 24 Hour Plays: Nationals.
Charlie’s full-length plays include Rail (reading: Crashbox Theater Company), Humiliation Play (reading: Brooklyn Generator), and The Allies (developed: Open Booth). Full-length plays with music include Two Star Motel (songs by Patrick Spencer, reading: Getaways Series/The Tank) and Other Apocalypses (songs by the playwright, reading: University of Notre Dame). Shorter works include Rekidk (published: Indie Theater Now) and The Average Was Lousy (co-written with Ken Greller, produced: Forever Dog Productions/PIT).
As a lyricist, Charlie has collaborated with composer Karl Hinze on the short musical Cooking for Two, and he is currently developing an adaptation of 50 First Dates with composer Helen Park. His songs have been presented in concerts at Don’t Tell Mama, The Duplex, and BMI.
As a new play dramaturg, credits include The Last Tiger in Haiti by Jeff Augustin (New York Theatre Workshop), Provenance by Anne García-Romero (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference selection), The Wait by Ken Greller (Brooklyn Generator), and Rails by Tom Kenaston and Tom Paitson Kelly (NYMF). Charlie served as associate producer for Toilet Fire by Eliza Bent (Abrons Arts Center) and as lead producer for She by Renee Roden (Open Booth). He has read plays for Second Stage Theatre, Urban Stages, Bret Adams Agency, and NYMF. He currently works in the licensing department at Playscripts. BA: Notre Dame.