Artistic Director – Mary Claire Branton
Mary Claire Branton obtained a BA in Theatre from the University of Georgia and received her MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College. She studied Chekov and Stanislavsky with the Moscow Art Theatre and workshopped Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints at Columbia University. After a career altering back injury, Mary Claire began directing and writing. She has taught acting and directed shows at numerous educational institutions and professional theatres in the U.S. with cast sizes as large as ninety-five children. For two years, she led extracurricular drama programs in China at the Taihu International School and the International School of Wuxi near Shanghai.
In 2008, Mary Claire directed Waiting For My Growth Spurt at the Woodruff Art Center’s 14th Street Playhouse, written and performed by thirteen year-old Jason David. The run sold out and was the first professional one-kid show in the United States. Her absurdist direction of Kyle Jarrow’s Obie Award-winning A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant also sold out two years in a row at Dad’s Garage Theatre and was voted by Creative Loafing as one of the top ten shows in Atlanta, 2007.
Mary Claire is a member of the Author’s Guild and serves as an editor, literary agent, and publisher of child authors and illustrators. She believes that children have a tremendous capacity to communicate complex ideas through many art forms. As founding artistic director of Charlie’s Port, she is a pioneer of new genres of expression where children create or perform comedic, religious, spiritual, political, esoteric, avant-garde, and barrier breaking material with specific audience targets. Mary Claire lives in Roswell, Georgia, with her husband and Molly, the tiniest Yorkie ever.
Board of Directors
Vice President of Global Operations at At-Pac/Parent
Executive Administration, Engineered Floors LLC/Parent
Mary Claire Dunn
Artistic Director, Charlie’s Port
Laura D. Lund
Psychology, Kennesaw State University/Anthropology, Georgia State University
Jim Davies – Playwright/Cognitive Scientist
Sherrie Peterson – Producer/Director/Actress
Linda Sotillo – Visual Artist/Parent
Current and Former Child Artistic Associates (Age of Invitation)
Jessica Branton, 14 – Writer
Luke Evans, 15 – Actor/Writer
Max Greenhouse, 15 – Actor/Musician/Humanitarian
Rebecca Greenhouse, 12 – Actress/Musician
Mikayla Lowery, 10 – Writer
Shannon Roux, 11 – Actress/Singer/Dancer/Humanitarian
Zach Solomon, 16 – Actor/Singer/Humanitarian
Gabriel Sotillo, 18 – Visual Artist/Writer