Charles Cusick Smith was born in Glasgow, and studied at Glasgow School of Art and Post Graduate at The Slade School of Art London.
Internationally Charles has designed many Operas and Ballets including: Giselle for the Greek National Ballet, Giselle for English National Ballet, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliachi and Giselle and Three Musketeers in Estonia; Nabucco, Aida, Don Carlos, The Wall, Ottello, Der Rosenkavalier and Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliachi in Germany and Il Trovotore and Spartacus in Hong Kong. In FranceCasse – Noisette and Alice in Wonderland; in Slovenia The Nutcracker; Romeo and Juliet for 15 degrees East in the Seed Cathedral Shanghai Expo 2010
He has designed the European premieres of Follies and Pacific Overtures; Sweeney Todd (Best Production 1990 TMA); “Something Else Tour“ for the Pop Band Boyzoneand Rock Around the Dock (Granada TV).
His Musical design credits in the UK include the Co- Design of Oklahoma , Guys and Dolls, Dusty, Hot Stuff, Heavenly Bodies, West Side Story, Slice of Saturday at Night, Chicago, Rock Hard, Hold Tight It’s 60’s Night, Company, In the Hour, the World Premieres of Cliff the Musical, and Ole Blue Eyes
Recent productions include Heartbreak House and Outlying Islands, Passing Places,The Life of Stuff, Bus Stop, Nana for Pitlochry Festival Theatre (Pitlochry Festival Theatre 2007), Wild East (Not the National Theatre Company 2006), Three Musketeers (2006) and The Nutcracker (2007), (both for NBT).
For Vienna’s English Theatre he has designed Blithe Spirit and Duet for One.
Charles was twice awarded for his designs in the UK most notably the T.M.A. “Best Designer” 1993 and the Evening News Award “Best Designer” 1986.