Stephen Carr Head Shot March 2015 for Web

Stephen Carr

Associate Professor of Opera and Musical Theatre Studies

Associate Artistic Director of Eastman Opera Theatre



Stephen Carr’s work in the world of opera, musical theatre, and operetta has taken him across the United States, Europe, and Asia. A member of Actor’s Equity, his performance credits include New York, regional, and international productions of RagtimeCabaret (London), Jesus Christ Superstar (European Tour), and The Scarlet Pimpernel, as well as numerous cabaret and concert hall performances throughout the Tokyo metropolitan area. He can be heard on recordings for the Newport Classics label.

His work as a stage director has encompassed nearly all genres of lyric theatre, from Broadway musicals to grand opera, with companies including Palm Beach Opera, Washington National Opera, Opera North, Ohio Light Opera, Center City Opera of Philadelphia, and Eastman Opera Theatre. His recent overseas productions include Japanese translations of CompanyThoroughly Modern Millie, and Little Shop of Horrors. Since joining the Eastman faculty in 2013, he has directed Eastman Opera Theater’s She Loves Me, Albert Herring, Suor Angelica / Mese Mariano, and Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, which was awarded the American Prize for Stage Directing, and was hailed by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle as “nothing short of masterful, from conception to execution.”

Carr is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM Voice, MM Stage Directing) and the Royal Academy of Music, London (PGD Musical Theatre, LRAM). At the invitation of Plácido Domingo, he joined the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program as the program’s only young artist stage director in 2007. He has served on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Institute as both a member of the Voice Faculty and Artistic Director of the Operetta Program. Currently a Visiting Professor of Musical Theatre at the Senzoku Gakuen Conservatory in Tokyo, he has helped to build one of the few successful undergraduate musical theatre programs in Asia.