Charles Corritore, Business Manager
Charles Corritore, an Erie native, graduated from Strong Vincent High School and attended Gannon University as an accounting major. He joined the Playhouse staff in 1974 after fulfilling his duties in the Navy. Prior to his association with the Playhouse, he served as bookkeeper at Chaffee’s Appliances, proof operator at Union Bank and Business Manager/Choreographer for the Village Dinner Theatre. Charlie’s first experience at the Erie Playhouse was on stage in the chorus of Sweet Charity. Among his favorite onstage appearances are roles in Falsettos, The Normal Heart, My One and Only, Grand Hotel, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Ragtime. His favorite director and/or choreographic duties are too numerous to mention.
Charlie’s passion for writing has come alive in the Playhouse premieres of Jane Eyre (book by David Matthews), Santa Claus: The Musical, Beauty and the Beast (our original Youtheatre version), and Arthur’s Halloween, supplying both the book and lyrics in each case to music by his writing partner, Michael Malthaner. He’s also written 15 interactive mysteries for his murder/mystery performance company, Mayhem, Inc.
In addition to the original musicals he’s written for the Playhouse, Charlie also wrote the book and lyrics (again, to music by Michael Malthaner) for Christmas Wishes, Peeved: A Musical About Life’s Little Annoyances, and The Christmas Tablecloth, all premiering at The Riverside Inn Dinner Theatre in Cambridge Springs.
Information regarding all the above original works is available on Charlie & Michael’s website.
In 2021, Charlie was the recipient of the AACT (Association of American Community Theatre) National Distinguished Merit Award in recognition of his longtime contribution to the highest standards of community theatre.
Most importantly, Charlie is the proud grandfather of granddaughters, Casey, Ella, Hailey, and Mary, and grandson, Michael, all of whom have appeared in many Playhouse Mainstage and Youtheatre productions. He also helps out his son, Justin, doing financial work for his real estate company, Stonehouse Management.