Director: Romeo and Juliet – Austin Opera

“Given a polished and glowing presentation by Austin Opera, Romeo and Juliet is a grandiose, gallant, and beautifully staged telling of Shakespeare’s most well-known tale…”

“…Douglas Scholz-Carlson would prove to be a gifted director, marrying the elements of reality with the magical beauty of the story everyone knows, bound together with the late French romanticism of Gounod’s lush score….”
“Mr. Scholz-Carlson’s staging of the overture is gorgeous; the two young lovers magically appear, and in a moment perish before our eyes. His talent with fight choreography is equally impressive. ”
Broadway World Opera

“We did a little non-scientific poll. Christian Rodriguez and Brisa Ponce hung out on the light platform in front of the terrace during the first intermission and called the show “magical.” Phyllis Kung said it was “classic,” while Joseph Herda described it as “rich.” Ken Sanborn and Victoria Alvarez judged their evening at Romeo and Julietenchanting!”

Claire Rutter as Minnie and Greer Grimsley as Jack Rance in the Minnesota Opera production of La fanciulla del West

Director: La Fanciulla del West at Minnesota Opera

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“Doug Scholz-Carlson’s direction worked excellently in the opening crowd scenes, giving a strong sense of many individuals and groups within the larger mass.”
-TC Daily Planet


Actor: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at Great River Shakespeare Festival

Christopher Gerson and Doug Scholz-Carlson

Christopher Gerson and Doug Scholz-Carlson (photo by Michal Daniel)

“This was a remarkable production. I can’t enumerate the points that was done so brilliantly—there were just too many of them—but the best thing about the production (besides the incredible harmony of the acting pair of Doug Scholz-Carlson and Christopher Gerson) was its pacing. Unlike every other production of the play I’ve seen, this one deals with the material with a light, fast touch. It’s perfect. The audience gets everything—its enunciated clearly and played with dazzlingly—but nothing gets bogged down. As a result, the mix of humor and philosophy comes through much more powerfully.”

To tell a story in the theater, an actor allows the audience to witness an event that does not take place. If successful, what the audience believes they have seen is not what actually happened. A well choreographed and executed punch compresses this central truth of all good acting into a well-defined action on stage.

A punch that is too much like reality injures an actor. A punch that is too little like reality elicits laughter at a critical dramatic moment. An audience in the theater desires to be fooled but refuses to be deceived.

The art of fight choreography lies in knowing the difference and finding the balance.