Tim Carroll is an award-winning opera and theatre director whose work has been seen and acclaimed all over the world. Last year, his productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III broke box-office records on Broadway and received several awards, including two Tonys. Carroll himself was nominated for a Best Director Tony, and won both the Drama Desk Award and the Critics’ Circle awards for Best Director.
In Britain Tim Carroll’s work has been recognized with Olivier, Evening Standard, Time Out and Whatsonstage awards and nominations. He has also won Best Director awards in Canada (for Peter Pan at the Stratford Festival) and Spain (for The Turn Of The Screw at Opera Oviedo), while his productions have won awards or been selected for National Theatre Festivals in Romania, Hungary and Portugal.
Carroll started his career with the English Shakespeare Company and has continued to be associated with Shakespeare. He directed twelve productions as Associate Director of Shakespeare’s Globe. He also directed The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Outside Britain, he has produced Shakespeare in Hungary, Romania, Portugal, Norway, Canada, and Australia.
He has also directed many modern and new plays, including the first three new plays performed at the Globe, and two world premieres for Hampstead Theatre, London. Other notable productions include Amadeus for the National Theatre of Portugal, Peer Gynt at the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis and a new version of The Odyssey for the National Theatre of Romania.
Carroll was Artistic Director of Kent Opera from 1997 to 2004. His productions included Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Britten’s Albert Herring and Mozart’s il re pastore. Other favourite opera productions include Dido and Aeneas with Sarah Connolly and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Sydney Opera House. He teaches acting and directing, for theatre and opera, in Britain and around the world. He has given master classes in South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, Switzerland, Holland, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Croatia, Norway and Portugal. In Britain he has taught at many conservatories including the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Royal College of Music.
While in residence at Tisch, Tim’s focus will be on teaching Shakespeare, specifically the form of his verse and prose and how they reveal meaning, intention and character. He will work across several Tisch departments (including Drama, Dramatic Writing and Graduate Acting), and is interested in how one combines the maximum attention to form with maximum spontaneity and responsiveness. Having worked with Original Practices at the Globe, he will also be talking with Graduate Design students about Elizabethan staging conditions and aesthetics. For example, The Globe Theatre was built to explore the conditions in which Shakespeare’s plays were created – How far is it possible to re-create those conditions? What can we learn from the attempt?