James Robert Carson is a theatre and opera director. He founded and is the Artistic Director of NOISE, New Opera In Scotland Events.
Originally from the South West of Scotland he attended Stirling University. This was followed by two years in San Francisco working in experimental theatre and a year in Japan studying with a company of Noh actors.
After studying at The Drama Centre, London, he started working on the London Fringe. From 1988 – 1990 he was attached to The Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh.
Freelancing throughout Britain he has produced work in many theatres including Dundee Rep, Greenwich Theatre, The Citizens Theatre Glasgow, The Albany Empire, The Arcola and The Embassy Theatre. He has worked for touring companies such as ETT and directed commercial productions of Dad’s Army and ‘Allo ‘Allo.
He has also directed in many of the leading Drama Schools and has just been appointed a senior lecturer in drama at the University of East Anglia.
His work in opera started at Glyndebourne where he has worked on numerous occasions most recently reviving Peter Hall’s production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has produced operas for Greek National Opera, Holland Park Opera, Scottish Opera Go Round, English Touring Opera, Opera on a Shoestring and the Aldeburgh Festival. He has also produced operas and scenes for The Royal College, The Royal Academy, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Die Nieuwe Opera Academie in Amsterdam.