Charles Hayter

Charles Hayter is a writer and physician who studied both drama and medicine at Queen’s University. He holds an MA in Drama from the University of Calgary. Based in Toronto, he currently splits his time between the practice of oncology and theatre.

His play Lady-in-Waiting premiered at Harvest: the Montreal International LGBT Theatre Festival in September 2005 and was remounted in 2008 at the Fresh Fruit Festival in NYC where it won the award for Best Writing: One Person Show.

His full length play Eldorado Town, about the history of radium and uranium refining in Port Hope, ON received its world premiere at 4th Line Theatre, Millbrook, ON, in July 2010, directed by Robert Winslow. to audience and critical acclaim.

A graduate of Tapestry New Opera's Lib-Lab program, his short librettos for Harper's Floe (music: Norbert Palej), Enucleation (music: Anna Hostman) and Ashes (music: Iman Habibi) were performed at Tapestry's Opera Briefs in Toronto.

Going In, a semi-autobiographical piece about homosexuality in the 1960s received a staged reading at the Fresh Fruit Festival (NYC, 2012), with travel supported by a Travel Grant for Theatre Artists from the Canada Council. 

Radical, a play based on the career of Toronto cancer doctor Vera Peters and her fight to alter breast cancer treatments, was developed through the New Ideas Festival at Alumnae Theatre, and received its world premiere at the Toronto Fringe Festival 2014. It was cited by Mooney on Theatre as a Critics' Pick Top Ten Show. It subsequently received a staged professional reading in April 2015 at New Stages Theatre, Peterborough, ON, directed by Randy Read.

A full length version of Radical was produced as part of the FireWorks Festival at Alumnae Theatre in November 2015, in a production directed by Neil Affleck.