Charlotte Vaughn Raines is a native New Yorker. She was raised by parents who make their living in the performing arts, so she always had the bug. Dancing since the age of five and singing before she could talk, Charlotte thought for a long time that her future was going to be musical theater. In high school she discovered straight theater and Shakespeare which fueled her desire to be involved with all forms of theater. As an undergraduate in The University of Michigan's B.F.A. Acting program, Charlotte focused on her acting technique while continuing to take advanced dance classes and voice lessons. As a member of a stage combat troupe throughout college, she became adept at roles that require strong physicality.
After moving back to NYC following graduation (with honors), Charlotte continued her Acting Training at the William Esper Acting Studio's two year intensive program. Since finishing the program Charlotte played major principal roles in the NY Indie Theater scene, performed in musicals regionally, and became a member of Long2, the pre professional division of the Vanessa Long Dance Company. In the fall of 2018, after a string of successful shows, Charlotte relocated to Washington D.C. to focus on Shakespeare and received her M.F.A. in classical acting from the Academy For Classical Acting at George Washington University. Following graduation, She made her debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, signed with Washington D.C's Legit Theatrical Agency, Capital Talent, and had her professional DC debut Winter of 2020.
Charlotte has a strong comedic acting side, as well as a contemporary, edgy vibe. She has a commanding stage presence, but is not afraid to be vulnerable when a role requires it. As a musical theater performer, she has a strong belt, and Her singing style ranges easily from rock musicals to standards. She has much experience with musical theater dance (especially Fosse style) and a very strong ballet foundation.
Charlotte is a versatile actor with a unique way of viewing the world.
" The remaining acts [of Much Ado About Nothing] exhibited the ingenuity we saw in the first three...Face paint and makeup helped Charlotte Vaughn Raines cleverly pull off several roles."
(MD Theatre Guide)
"As wide eyed vengeance seeking Rosaura, Charlotte Vaughn Raines was quite strong. Raines transitioned from tomboy to princess to create a resilient woman."
(Theater in the Now)
"Ms. Raines [as Tyler] brings an element of strength, pride and fun to a role that can often be clichéd."
"Charlotte Vaughn Raines owns her role as Sheila."
"Charlotte Vaughn Raines, as Adelaide, mix [es] healthy doses of humor and "nooo yawk" quirks with sincerity and a touch of heartache, keeping [her] character human. Raines shines in her showgirl numbers, especially the signature 'Adelaide's Lament... ' "