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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Choreographer
Film Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Brazil
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/26/1956
Birth Location:
York, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Choreographer
Film Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Brazil
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/26/1956
Birth Location:
York
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Biography

Charles Randolph-Wright was born an only child in York, South Carolina, on August 26, 1956, to Ruth and Charles Randolph-Wright, Sr. He attended Jefferson elementary and junior high schools. Randolph-Wright graduated with honors from York High School in 1974, where he was the first African American A.B. Duke Scholarship recipient.

Randolph-Wright entered Duke University as a pre-med major. During his junior year at Duke University, Randolph-Wright decided to change his major to religion and theater. In 1976, he was afforded the opportunity to go to London. Subsequently, he studied acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company and danced with Alvin Ailey in New York. Randolph-Wright graduated with honors from Duke University in 1978 with his B.A. degree in theater and religion.

In 1979, Randolph-Wright relocated to New York City where he was cast in Pippin and in the original cast of Dreamgirls. Randolph-Wright has built a dynamic and diversified career in performing, producing, directing and writing for theater, television, and film. He was the producer and writer for the Showtime cable television series Linc’s. Randolph-Wright’s musical staging has been seen on a variety of programs, including The Golden Girls. Randolph-Wright’s direction of Senor Discretion Himself won the Helen Hayes Award for the Best Musical. He made his film directorial debut in 2006 with Preaching to the Choir, which won feature prizes at the ninth annual American Black Film Festival.

Randolph-Wright serves on the board of directors of the Roundabout Theater and the artistic board at Duke University. He is also a founding member of the Wright Family Foundation of South Carolina. After learning that an ancestor was a free man during slavery, this foundation converted the family’s former funeral home into a family history museum.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Charles Randolph-Wright lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Slating of Charles Randolph-Wright's interview, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Charles Randolph-Wright recalls his mother's move to York, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Charles Randolph-Wright talks about his Native American ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes his mother's high standards
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Charles Randolph-Wright reflects upon his upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes the Wright Funeral Home in York, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes his paternal grandfather, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Charles Randolph-Wright talks about his family's values
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes his paternal grandfather, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Charles Randolph-Wright talks about how his parents met and married
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes his childhood holidays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes York, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Charles Randolph-Wright talks about Hylan Lewis' study, 'Blackways of Kent'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Charles Randolph-Wright talks about his paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Charles Randolph-Wright recalls Jefferson Elementary School in York, South Carolina, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Charles Randolph-Wright recalls Jefferson Elementary School in York, South Carolina, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Charles Randolph-Wright recalls attending Jefferson Junior High School in York, South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Charles Randolph-Wright recalls the desegregation of York High School, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Charles Randolph-Wright recalls the desegregation of York High School, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Charles Randolph-Wright recalls his experiences at the integrated York High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes his family's civil rights involvement, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes his family's civil rights involvement, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes his mother's teaching style
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Charles Randolph-Wright recalls his teachers at York High School in York, South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Charles Randolph-Wright recalls his election as vice president of the state student government
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Charles Randolph-Wright recalls winning the Sons of the American Revolution award
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Charles Randolph-Wright remembers his aspirations in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Charles Randolph-Wright remembers retaking the SAT examination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes his decision to attend Duke University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Charles Randolph-Wright recalls his experiences at Duke University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Charles Randolph-Wright recalls befriending Duke University's campus staff
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Charles Randolph-Wright recalls the support of his literature professor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Charles Randolph-Wright recalls his foray into the arts at Duke University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Charles Randolph-Wright recalls his first experience in London, England
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes the impact of his time in London, England
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Charles Randolph-Wright reflects upon his experiences at Duke University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Charles Randolph-Wright recalls being cast in his first professional role in 'Pippin'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes his mother's support for his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Charles Randolph-Wright recalls working with disco singer Anita Ward
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Charles Randolph-Wright remembers choreographing disco acts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes his transition from acting to directing
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Charles Randolph-Wright talks about stereotypes of African Americans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Charles Randolph-Wright talks about the importance of storytelling
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Charles Randolph-Wright remembers directing 'Guys and Dolls'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes Frank Loesser's musical 'Senor Discretion Himself'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes his collaborations with Budd Schulberg
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Charles Randolph-Wright talks about his play, 'Cuttin' Up'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes how his family inspired his play, 'Blue'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Charles Randolph-Wright talks about Phylicia Rashad's performance in 'Blue'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Charles Randolph-Wright talks about working with Nona Hendryx
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Charles Randolph-Wright reflects upon the impact of the Harlem Renaissance
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Charles Randolph-Wright recalls directing a production of 'Hair'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Charles Randolph-Wright shares a message for African American youth
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Charles Randolph-Wright describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Charles Randolph-Wright recalls celebrating New Year's Eve in Brazil
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Charles Randolph-Wright reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Charles Randolph-Wright talks about giving back to his community