Charles Reese is a seasoned Actor, Writer, Speaker, and CEO of Teeth and Eyes Communications, where he serves as Cultural Architect for Public Engagement to curate entertainment programs that inspire and educate.
The Washington, D.C. native received his Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications & Theatre Arts from Morehouse College. He also holds a Certificate of Completion in Theatre Performance/Management from the Burt Reynolds Theatre Institute under the tutelage of the late Master Theatre Director/Producer, Jose Quintero in association with Florida State University.
Reese is known in the theatrical circles for his critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway performance in Howard Simon's production of James Baldwin: A Soul on Fire. Additional Off-Broadway and regional theatre credits include: In Dahomey (New Federal Theatre); Freedom Fighters & Friends (Arena Stage); Julie Hebert's St. Joan and the Dancing Sickness (Open Fist Theatre); and Myla Churchill's Griot Trio (Aaron Davis Hall).
Television credits include WHO...a micro web comedy (Ajakwetv); He was also in Law & Order, Between the Lines, Grapevine, In the Heat of the Night (episodes). Film credits include 40, On the Low, and Road Lawyers and Other Briefs.
As a writer, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of James Baldwin, Reese co-authored the book adaption of James Baldwin: A Soul On Fire, which includes the play version and commentary to pay homage to Baldwin's legacy as an author and civil rights activist. He also contributed an essay titled James Baldwin: Artist as Activist and the Baldwin /Kennedy Secret Summit of 1963 to the volume, James Baldwin: Challenging Authors, edited by Paul L. Thomas & A. Scott Henderson.
Reese is a very popular lecturer/performance literary conversationalist at colleges, universities, and cultural venues in the USA and internationally. His unique history-telling salon series, James Baldwin: A Soul On Fire, A Literary Performance & Conversation, has taken him around the globe as he keeps Baldwin's work alive! In 2016, he was a guest speaker at the International James Baldwin Conference which took place at the American University of Paris in France. He also served as the 2018 James Baldwin Artist in Residence for the inaugural James Baldwin Writer's Colony at the Emerson College European Center at Kasteel Well in The Netherlands.
Among his many accolades, Reese is a founding associate and Board member for the world's first web series festival, The Los Angeles Web Series Festival. He is also an Audelco Award Nominee.
Currently, Reese can be seen as the feisty chef, Jalil Baldwin on the American TV sitcom, Beauty and the Baller, (BET Television). Now streaming on Amazon Prime and Crackle TV. The show is based on the web series, Who, created by the late Emmy-winning writer-producer, Michael Ajakwe Jr.
Reese is currently preparing to hit the road in the Fall of 2021, as he reignites his salon series and special programs with Teeth and Eyes Speakers Bureau. Through this division, he will share his expertise of "All Things Baldwin" as well as tips for working in new media post-pandemic. To learn more visit the Booking Charles page.