CARL JOHAN KARLSON is a director and writer, born in the suburbs of Stockholm. He grew up with his mom and twin sister, and amongst his mother’s high-heeled shoes, he found an ongoing interest in theatre and make-believe. Carl Johan received his education in directing from Stockholm University of the Arts in 2013 and is currently working as resident director at Riksteatern.

His work has varied from the great classics like Tennessee Williams “Cat on a hot tin roof” to modern comedies like “Good people” by Pulitzer Price winning David Lindsay Abbaire and his productions have without exception received great reviews. He has also directed several productions for the younger audience, for example when wrote and directed “Vi som känner annorlunda” for the Oslo city theatre, a play about gay history. 

Coming projects include directing Selma Lagerlöf’s epic classic “Kejsaren av Portugallien”, Rickard Söderberg’s next show “Rickard Söderberg är Gaytenor” and Massenet's opera “Don Quijote” at Folkoperan. Carl Johan wants to widen his experience and is enthusiastically looking forward to directing for film and TV.

Don Quijote Folkoperan - 2018
Kejsaren av Portugallien (Riksteatern) - 2018
Richard Söderberg är Gaytenor - 2018    
Constellations (Riksteatern) - 2017
Good people (Riksteatern) - 2017
Cat on a hot tin roof (Riksteatern) - 2016
Blomma blad en miljard (Ung Scen Öst/Östgötateatern) - 2015
Vi som føler annleis (Det Norske Teatret) - 2015
Slutstadier (Stockholms stadsteater) - 2013
Det normala livet (Örebro Länsteater) - 2013
Våra föräldrars sexuella neuroser (Det Norske Teatret) - 2012