CHARLES L. METTEN, actor, director, administrator, and friend of the Utah Shakespeare Festival for over fifty years, passed away on September 27, 2018.
Chuck began his involvement with the Festival in 1966 when he directed Julius Caesar. He has since appeared as an actor at the Festival numerous times: Van Buren in Damn Yankees (1999), Verges in Much Ado about Nothing (2003), Dr. Glass in Room Service (2006), Stephano in The Tempest (2007), Guiseppe Bonno in Amadeus (2015) and many others. In 2005, he began work at the Festival as the director of the Plays-in-Progress Program, nurturing new playwrights and their work through a program that has since evolved into what is now known as Words Cubed.
“We learned so much from Chuck, said Festival Founder Fred C. Adams. “We learned devotion and dedication. We learned how important the human spirit was. We will definitely miss our good friend.”
He was also the founding dean of Southern University’s College of Performing and Visual Arts (1998–2004), as well as serving in several positions at Brigham Young University. In addition, he appeared in several television and film productions.
However, he will most fondly be remembered as a mentor of thousands of students and a friend to everyone. He was quick to laugh and smile, to encourage and inspire, to offer his hand and his heart wherever needed. He was a champion of others, while remaining humble and unassuming himself.
So, with heavy hearts, but with joy in our memories, we bid farewell and many thanks, to our old friend.
“His life was gentle, and the elements
So mix’d in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world ‘This was a man!’
— Antony in Julius Caesar