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Doug Scholz-Carlson

Stage Director | Intimacy Director

“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


Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Intimacy Director)
Metropolitan Opera

Carmen (Fight Choreographer)
Minnesota Opera

Roméo et Juliette (Intimacy Director and Fight Choreographer)
San Diego Opera

Samuel Ramey, Bass

Doug Scholz-Carlson

Stage Director | Intimacy Director
Samuel Ramey, Bass

Doug Scholz-Carlson

Stage Director | Intimacy Director
Doug Scholz-Carlson is an opera and theater director, fight choreographer and certified intimacy director with Intimacy Directors and Coordinators. He was the first intimacy director in the history of the Metropolitan Opera working on new productions including Fire Shut Up in my Bones, Eurydice, Rigoletto, Don Carlo, and up-coming Hamlet, Lucia di Lammermoor and Medea. He is Artistic Director of the Great River Shakespeare Festival where he has directed productions including Cymbeline, Shakespeare in Love, Richard III, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth. Opera directing credits include La Fanciulla del West and Albert Herring for Minnesota Opera, Romeo et Juliette for Madison Opera and Austin Opera, The Barber of Seville for Madison Opera and Lucia di Lammermoor for Portland Opera, Pittsburgh Opera and Austin Opera and The Turn of the Screw for Madison Opera and Palm Beach Opera. Doug also has an expertise in opera for young audiences including original productions of Brundibar, Barber of Seville and Pirates of Penzance for Opera Theater St. Louis and the world premier of Memory Boy for Minnesota Opera. 


As an intimacy director, Doug has choreographed numerous productions for Minnesota Opera including the world premiers of The Fix and up-coming Edward Tulane. He has done workshops for companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Opera America, Minnesota Opera and numerous training programs. Doug’s fight choreography has appeared in productions at theaters including New York City Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Utah Opera, The Guthrie Theater, The Children’s Theater Company, Opera Montreal, Michigan Opera Theater, Park Square Theatre, Minnesota Opera and the Seattle Police Department, and were featured in the world premiers of the operas The Grapes of Wrath and Silent Night which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013. Doug began his career as an actor and has performed at theaters including The Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theater Company, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Jungle Theater, Chanhassen Theaters and the Seattle Repertory Theater. Doug is a graduate of St. Olaf College and holds an MFA from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington.


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Aaron Grant
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