Charleene Closshey actor musician composer

Charleene CLOSSHEY
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Actor   +   Musician   + Composer
SAG-AFTRA, AEA, BMI, AFM 802, Dramatists Guild
From the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World (Plant City, FL), Charleene Closshey (Actor, Musician, Composer, Producer) dedicates her time to developing her artistic crafts, passions, and joys. 

Recent screen projects include the feature films, “An Evergreen Christmas” (which she also co-produced and musically scored), “A Thousand Cuts” (from the producers of “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby”), television pilot “Terminal Kill”, in additional to a variety of short films.  

Charleene Executive Produced and co-starred in the short art film and corresponding documentary projects “Walking with Francis”, which premiered in Assisi, Italy April 2012 and was subsequently blessed by Pope Francis. She portrayed the role of Clare of Assisi, who later became St. Clare, the patron saint of television.

Charleene made her Broadway debut on April 8, 2014 in “Once” as ExGirlfriend at the Jacobs Theatre, on the same stage where James Dean made his Broadway debut in 1954. 

Charleene starred in the New York production of “Feather: A Musical Portrait”, also appearing in Los Angeles productions of A War Cycle: Wounded (Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble), Sherwood Forrest as Maid Marian (LA Festival of New American Musicals), in the Malibu Playhouse productions of The Wild Party (Kate) and world premiere of Peter Quilter’s A Night at the Oscars (Young Diana & Susannah). She has performed contrasting lead and supporting roles in regional productions of Hair (Shelia), Nine (Claudia), Striking 12 (Girl), Jekyll and Hyde (Emma), Crimes of the Heart (Babe Botrelle), and Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit, the historical “Girl on the Velvet Swing”). 

Classically trained by New York City Opera resident artist Rosemarie Freni Molinari and American tenor Blake Leopold, Charleene performed in Die Lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Operafestival di Roma (Rome, Italy). She later sang in Puccini’s La Bohème and operetta Die Fledermaus (Sally) with the St. Petersburg Opera Company. 
With a distinctive vocal range, Charleene seamlessly transitions from classical to contemporary, utilizing her instrument in a variety of ways to best and honestly tell each story. As a storyteller, Charleene seeks to evoke an emotional journey for the listener, tuning in to the Hero’s Journey of self-discovery, challenge, victory and love. 
Charleene’s jazz vocal album “Smile” (2010), shares some of her favorite tunes from the Great American Songbook.

When music is the first language you learn, 
one might be destined to have a wide-ranging, eclectic career. 

Charleene read music before words.

A classically trained violinist, Charleene’s unique musical style fuses elements of jazz, rock, pop, blues, and Celtic fiddle. She has shared the stage with highly celebrated artists including Josh Groban, the TransSiberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, Ronin Tynan, and Frank Sinatra, Jr., and played Celtic fiddle with Ireland’s own Irish Thunder. She has also performed as a studio violinist/fiddler on numerous albums from Nashville to Central Florida, and could be heard onstage at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in the much loved percussion show Jammin’ (2003-2004). She played with the Tampa Bay Pops Orchestra, the Tampa Opera Orchestra, the FloriMezzo Orchestra, as well as with various Classical and New Music Chamber ensembles.
One of Charleene’s favorite musical memories were her acoustic fiddle sessions with the legendary Charlie Daniels at The Angelus Center (Hudson, FL), later dueling fiddles with Mr. Daniels at his very own Charlie-palooza concerts (Tampa, FL).
Charleene and her band opened for rock legend Kansas at the Busch Garden Summer Series and for country favorite Mark Chestnut at Pig Jam.

With an intrigue of harmonic and melodic texturing, Charleene’s compositions 
embody a developing trend of melodic fusion and celestial connection.

Composing for both screen and stage, Charleene finds inspiration from musical greats, especially impressionist Claude Debussy, India’s modern day Mozart A.R. Rahman, and even classic surf Americana genius Brian Wilson. 

Fusing world music with western sensibilities, Charleene’s original score to stage musical “catharsis” wowed Australian audiences at its 2012 world premiere, hailed as “unparalleled” , “utterly inspiring”, and “genius”.
In 2013, “catharsis” was furthered developed into the new musical sensation “Feather: A Musical Portrait” that took its U.S. Premiere Off Broadway on the Griffin Stage at the Pershing Signature Center during the New York Musical Theatre Festival. This theatrical experience fuses 

Film scores include feature film score “Balsam Falls” (starring Robert Loggia, Naomi Judd, Charleene Closshey, Booboo Stewart, Tyler Ritter), the independent art short films “Walking with Francis” (2012) and the psychological action thriller “The Fifth World” (2015). 

The July 3, 2012 release of YogaChill album “Glimpse” commissioned for the 13th Annual Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) conference has quickly garnered international attention as well. At 63 minutes, this through-play album is designed specifically for yoga and guided meditation classes, “Glimpse” takes the listeners on a yogic journey of Peaceful Awakening to Savasana.

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Upon graduating valedictorian of the Harrison Center for Visual and Performing Arts 
high school in Lakeland, Florida, Charleene obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 
Business Management and Exercise Science from Florida Southern College, 
named the President’s Scholar with a 4.0 GPA graduating first in her class Summa Cum Laude. 

Charleene later continued her artistic education at The Juilliard School with Dalcroze extension studies, NYU New Music ensembles, and Circle in the Square Theater School (New York City). 
She studied improv at Upright Citizens Brigade (Los Angeles), and works ongoing with acting and music industry pros Lisa Popeil, Kimberly Jenzten and Sam Christensen. 

Charleene was obtained a Songwriter Professional Certification and a Music Theory & Counterpoint Specialist Certification from Berklee Music in 2014 and 2013 respectively.

Charleene is a certified Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor and Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga Instructor (RYT 200) through Deepak Chopra’s Chopra University. She is a member of Yoga Alliance, the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), and is a member of and guest presenter and music maker at the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP).,_Florida
 Broadway and feature film actress, Charleene Closshey starts her day with hemp milk
 matcha lattes and loves four-footed friends, especially the feline variety. For relaxation, Charleene explores and tries her hand at the latest Food&Wine recipes. 
Southern Living is one of her favorite monthly reads; pranayama is daily soul feed. 
Charleene plays the harmonium, paints walls for fun, makes her own Christmas bows, 
and is often accused of being a pretty darn extravagant party thrower. 
Still, she prefers sweats to stilettos on Saturdays and authentic Thai food on Sundays.

“This multi-talented performer isn’t just fiddling around... Her life is as diverse as her performances as a violinist, singer, model.”

~St. Petersburg Times