Multiple award-winning journalist, author, and playwright Charles Carr (Charles Caratti) has written literally thousands of newspaper articles, magazine stories, and columns for the San Diego Union Tribune, The Orange County Register, The Reader, The Times-Advocate, The Californian, The North County Times, Digital Trends, Parent Magazine, and many other publications.
Charles' newspaper column, Southpaw (archived here), received a 2018 San Diego Press Club award for opinion/commentary.
Carr has also edited several magazines and is a noted television producer/director with documentaries currently airing and/or in production on Cox Cable and elsewhere.
Many of Charles' stories, articles, and essays have been published nationally. His work appears in the upcoming textbook "America Now" published by Bedford/St. Martin's/Macmillan Learning.
Carr's background in the world of journalism has created an excellent basis for dozens of stage plays and scripts, all of which have a classical literature or historical footing. His theatrical works, written under the name Charles Caratti and published nationally by Eldridge, have been produced at many prestigious venues and attended by thousands.
Caratti's works include "Passage Into Fear," "Mark Twain's A Christmas Carol," "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Angels," and "All the Time in the World."
A decade ago, Charles, his wife Marsi Carr, and others looking for ways to help organizations struggling in difficult economic times founded Art Animates Life, a CA incorporated, federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.
Art Animates Life and its award-winning theatrical company, North County Players, have raised tens-of-thousands of dollars for San Diego area charities including a disaster relief agency, arts nonprofits, a municipal art gallery, veterans' relief funds, a community outreach center, a historical society, and several struggling community theaters, among others. Thousands of So Cal residents have attended North County Players events and productions.
AAL's filmmaking offshoot, Art Animates Life Films, is a multiple award-winning independent studio. Works created by current and past members include Hooked (San Diego Children's Film Festival), Boy on the Moon (iVIE first place, Fallbrook Film Festival featured selection), Sins of the Father (iVIE first place, VCTV Film of the Year), Mystery High (iVIE, VCTV Storyteller of the Year, Fallbrook Film Festival featured selection), and the stage-to-movie production Auditioning Truths and Lies. It's newest production, Sky Takes a Bite Out of Crime, part of AAL's Young Filmmaker Series, was named a featured selection at the 2017 San Diego International Kids' Film Festival.
Click to watch the short film, Sky Takes a Bite Out of Crime
Carr's newest work, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Angels, will be staged Dec. 2019 at the California Center for the Arts Escondido.
Carr wrote and directed a new take on America's most-beloved holiday tale, It's a Wonderful Life. Titled Charles Dickens' It's a Wonderful Life, the play adds twists and surprises from Dickens himself.
Carr wrote and directed a brand new adaptation of the beloved Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, which has been performed in theaters throughout Southern California including Bates Nut Farm (in the round, in a circus tent!), San Diego's Balboa Park, Patio Playhouse, the Poway Performing Arts Center, the Park Avenue Center, Connors Hall, and the San Marcos Civic Center.
Carr's stage thriller, Passage Into Fear, was written in the tradition of classic Alfred Hitchcock and Agatha Christie thrillers. The play is set on board a train during the waning days of World War I. Passage Into Fear was originally performed in partnership with CSU San Marcos and the San Marcos Historical Society, the San Marcos Civic Center, and Patio Playhouse Theatre. In 2018, Passage was performed at San Diego's Balboa Park in conjunction with a series of centennial observances of the Great War.
Carr's original stage play, All the Time in the World, has garnered broad acclaim from audiences and critics alike. The drama/mystery has been performed at the Maxine Theater's Staples Center, the Escondido Municipal Gallery, and the Charity Wings Arts Center.
In the 1990s, Charles wrote 3DHouse, a complete inside-and-out virtual reality tour of his family's log home in Southern California. Primitive by today's standards, 3DHouse was one of the first virtual reality programs ever created, enjoying tens of thousands of shareware downloads on all major portals. He also sold the rights to Radio Shack and Egghead Software. 3DHouse has since been featured in many books and was featured at the Berkeley Hall of Science for thousands of visitors annually.
A professional musician for more than 20 years, Carr's guitar playing and arranging have been featured on many recordings. He toured both in and out of the country before settling down in San Diego's North County with his wife, Marsi, and their two children Sammi and Alex. He has repeatedly taken top honors in San Diego Songwriter's Guild competitions for his original musical compositions.
Charles has won many writing accolades, including San Diego Press Club awards for Best Column Writing, Best Consumer Writing, and Best Arts and Entertainment. He also edits stories and articles written by others for major local and national publications.
Since its inception, Carr has produced the Fallbrook International Film Festival's red carpet event and panel discussions.
Charles has been a contributor and technical advisor to L.A. and San Diego Parent magazines and receives many requests each year to appear on Southern California television and radio stations to talk about important events.
Carr is author of What a World, a collection of vignettes chronicling twenty years in the San Diego backcountry. He enjoys speaking from time-to-time to schools and organizations about his eclectic life in the arts and volunteers at his hometown high school as a journalism teacher and student adviser.