Stephen Carr, Stage Director

Stephen Carr is an American stage director, performer, and educator whose work in the world of opera, music theater, and operetta has taken him across the United States, Europe, and Asia.​


Last season, he returned to Korea for Tosca at the Seoul Arts Center with Maestro John Fiore and starring Jennifer Rowley, Massimo Giordano, and Lucio Gallo. His all-new 2019 production of La Bohème for Daejeon Opera was hailed by Auditorium as "A significant milestone... A futuristic staging that remains grounded in realism, bringing both a new sense of intimacy and a surprising freshness to the piece. It breathes new vitality into this well-known storyline.” 


Other recent international projects include Turandot at the Seoul Arts Center under the baton of Maestro Julian Kovatchev and Le Nozze di Figaro with Maestro Shao-Chia Lü and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. For Daegu Opera, he led an international cast of conservatory students in an all-new production of Così fan tutte, featuring young artists from the conservatories of Vienna, Stuttgart, Milan, and Shanghai. Other overseas productions have included Japanese translations of CompanyThoroughly Modern Millie, and Little Shop of Horrors in Tokyo. His additional credits include past engagements with the Washington National Opera, Seoul Arts Center, Daegu Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera North, Opera Naples, Ohio Light Opera, Eastman Opera Theater, and Center City Opera of Philadelphia.

​As a member of Actor’s Equity, Stephen's performance credits include New York, touring, and regional productions of Ragtime, Cabaret (London), Jesus Christ Superstar (European Tour), and The Scarlet Pimpernel. He can be heard on recordings for the Newport Classics label. Stephen is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM Voice, MM Stage Directing), the Royal Academy of Music, London (PGD Musical Theatre, LRAM), and the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program of the Washington National Opera.​


Stephen spent eight years as an Associate Professor of Opera and Musical Theater Studies at the Eastman School of Music, as well as Associate Artistic Director of Eastman Opera Theater. His productions at Eastman included Les Dialogues des Carméliteswhich was awarded the American Prize for Stage Directing, and Into the Fire, a collection of staged chamber works by composer Jake Heggie. During the Covid pandemic, he programmed, staged, and filmed original programs of the solo vocal music of Missy Mazzoli, Ben Moore, and Anthony Davis, curated in collaboration with the composers. He has also served on the faculty of the Interlochen Summer Arts Institute and is currently a Visiting Professor of Musical Theater at the Senzoku Gakuen Conservatory of Music in Tokyo, where he helped to create one of the leading undergraduate musical theater programs in Asia.​ 

Stephen is committed to helping music conservatories find ways to offer more equitable, student-centered, and stylistically broad-minded training. This fall, he will be relocating to Canada to continue working as a freelance stage director and to begin PhD research studies at York University in Toronto.


Elizabeth Cree
By Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell
Eastman School of Music
Streaming online July7-August 9 2021