Charles M. Nolte, 1923 - 2010
The Guthrie is sadded by news of the passing of Charles M. Nolte, a distinguished theater artist with an international reputation - an actor, playwright, director, and educator who taught at the University of Minnesota for three decades.
"It is with sadness that I report the passing of Charles Nolte, who died peacefully last night at 5:15pm (CST) after a long battle with cancer. He was with his friends Kermit and Peter, and his partner of over fifty years, Terry Kilburn. Charles had been listening to operas since he returned home from the hospital last weekend, and according to Peter, he slipped away literally on the last note of Bellini's Norma."
About Charles M. Nolte:
Charles Nolte is a distinguished theater artist with an international reputation - an actor, playwright, director, and educator who taught at the University of Minnesota for three decades. As an actor, Nolte appeared in nine Broadway productions, including the title role in Louis Coxe and Robert Chapman's Billy Budd and Herman Wouk's The Caine Mutiny Courtmartial. He shared the stage with the likes of Judith Andersen, Vincent Price, Charlton Heston, Martha Scott, Henry Fonda, and Christopher Plummer. His film credits include Steel Cage with John Ireland and War Paint with Robert Stack and Peter Graves, and had several appearances on television programs like Private Secretary, 13 Demon Street and The Vikings.
In 1962, Nolte returned to Minneapolis and enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota. He received his MA in 1963 and his PhD in 1967, after which he became an Assistant Professor at the University. He has written over ten plays - including A Night at the Black Pig and A Summer Remembered - and directed more than 100 productions at theaters in the Twin Cities and elsewhere. The Nolte Experimental Theatre at the University of Minnesota was named in his honor in 1997, and he was named Professor Emeritus of Theatre in 1998.
In 2009, Dr. Charles M. Nolte donated his papers to the Tretter Collection for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota. This donation formed the basis of an open collection for LGBT-related performance and film materials, with Nolte's papers at its core.