Writer/Director Charles Messina is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Greenwich Village . He is a graduate of New York University . At NYU, Messina won the Baffin Award for Best Newcomer to the NYU/GSP Theater. He also served as Director of the NYU Interactive Theater Program.

Messina directed the current off-Broadway hit run of Cirque Jacqueline, the one-woman show about the life of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, starring Andrea Reese. Stage Press Weekly calls the show, �Warm, interesting, entertaining, and humanizing.�  Backstage hails Cirque Jacqueline as �Magnifique!�

Messina also directed last season�s off-Broadway hit monodrama  Mercury: The Afterlife and Times of a Rock God, about the life of rocker Freddie Mercury, which The New Yorker called �Powerful!� and Backstage praised as �A powerhouse of emotional and sexual energy.�

Messina wrote and co-produced the feature film Spy, starring Vincent Pastore, Frank Vincent and Ben Curtis, which is now in post production for a late 2005 release.

Messina is currently in development on the musical Be My Love, about the tragic life of legendary tenor Mario Lanza. The show is being produced by Sonny Grosso and Phil Ramone. The book is written by Richard Vetere.

Messina is co-founder of NahNotOutsideMyHouse! Productions, Inc. The unique company name comes from the phrase uttered by legendary tough guy Robert DeNiro to Messina when the young writer tried to hand a script to the actor outside his downtown home. 

Cindy Adams of The NY Post jokingly wrote, �NahNotOutsideMyHouse! Productions is going to need the widest stationery in captivity.�

To find out more about Charles Messina, please log on to www.nahproductions.com

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