Charles is an author, entertainment lawyer, theater producer, and playwright.
His books "The Stage Producer's Business and Legal Guide (Second Edition)" and "Business and Legal Forms for Theater (Second Edition)" are considered authoritative guides for non lawyers to the business and legal challenges of presenting theater. Both books are published by Allworth Press and are available online and at bricks and mortar stores nationwide. He is presently at work on a horror novel.
He is the founder and artistic director of Grippo Stage Company, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) public charity, which uses theater to fight bigotry and hate. Grippo Stage productions include: the world premiere of "The Ben Hecht Show," written and performed by James Sherman; "Confessions of A P.I.M.P." written and performed by Tony award (c) winning actor Andre De Shields (in co- production with Dennis Zacek); and a revival of James Sherman's popular comedy "The God of Isaac."
He is also the founder and artistic director of New Lincoln Theatre, Inc., a for profit theater company, which has produced such shows as "The Odd Couple (female version); the Chicago regional premiere of Alan Bowne's devastating story of love during the plague years "Beirut"; and his own plays "When Angels Wept" and "Sex Marks The Spot."
Charles' own plays include "Sex Marks The Spot (American and British versions)," "Wait for the Wind," "When Angels Wept," "Santa's Children," and "A Wife's Tale." They have been presented in Chicago, Ojai, California, Indiana, and off-off Broadway. Recently Charles updated one of his most popular plays "A Wife's Tale," a monologue for a woman in her forties, to reflect current attitudes on gender identity.
Licensed as an attorney in Illinois, Charles concentrates his law practice in the areas of entertainment, real estate and estate planning. With his own background in the arts, he is especially understanding of the legal and business needs of performing artists and authors, including copyright and vetting projects for their potential legal risks.
Charles is available to present legal and business workshops and webinars to groups and organizations. In 2019 he participated in a legal panel discussion for members of the Chicago chapter of the Authors Guild.
He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Dramatists Guild, the International Federation of Journalists, and the Alliance for Jewish Theater.
Visit his website at www.charlesgrippo.org. where you can sign up for his FREE newsletters for Playwrights and Authors and/or Theater Management.
The Stage Producer's Business and Legal Guide (Second Edition)
Now updated and expanded, this second edition of "The Stage Producer's Business and Legal Guide" is the ultimate survival kit for anyone presenting live entertainment. The information contained in this handbook is essential for those working in Broadway, regional, stock, or university theater; concert halls; opera houses; and more. Attorney, producer, and playwright Charles Grippo provides comprehensive advice on every aspect of the theater business and the law, including:
Crowdfunding Your Production
New Opportunities to Raise Money
Licensing and Producing Plays
Devised Theater and Collaborations
Creating Jukebox Musicals
Organizing a Theater Company
Maintaining a Harassment-Free Environment
Essential Rules Every Board Member Must Know
Managing a Not-for-Profit Theater Company
Using Third Party Intellectual Property
And much, much more!
The entire range of individuals involved in entertainment - producers, performers, writers, directors, managers, and theater owners - will find invaluable practical and legal advice in this handy guide.
Business and Legal Forms for Theater (Second edition)2013
When Angels Wept2013
Sex Marks The Spot2000
A Wife's Tale1997