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Acting Biography

David James Carlson
​Actor – Voiceover - Musician  
​He has worked as an actor and actor/musician in numerous professional theatre productions and has been part of the Twin Cities theatre legacy in Minnesota since 1975.  With a B.A. in Theatre and Communication Arts, a music minor and further work on a Master of Fine Arts degree, David has made a career in theatre and many  aspects of the entertainment world.   His work includes American theater classic plays to Shakespeare, fencing, stage combat, mime and dance movement and voice.  He has also appeared in numerous commercials and several films. David's many voice over jobs Includes an award-winning radio commercial. He has been a cast member in 3 Twin Cities theater Kudo awards for Best Production.

Theaters​  (representative)

Chanhassen Dinner Theater
Mixed Blood Theatre
Ordway McKnight Theatre
Plymouth Playhouse
Minnesota History Theater
Cricket Theater
Grand Garage Theater
Orphan Players
Playwrights Center
Lyric Theater
Child's Play Theater
Theater L'Homme Due
SMM Performers
Lakeshore Playhouse
Stagecoach Opera House
Southern Theater -Mu

Roles  (representative)

Leonardo -  (Blood Wedding)
Macbeth -  (Macbeth)
Jason -  (Media)
Jesus -  (Jesus Christ Superstar)
Don Quixote -  (Man of La Mancha)
Mr. Frank -  (Diary of Anne Frank)
Bill Ray -  (On Golden Pond)
Gandolf -  (Lord of the Rings)
Jim Younger -  (Diamond Studs)
Mr. Smith -  (the Bald Soprano)
Prudencio -  (100 Years of Solitude)
Earl todd/Quantril -  (the Kentucky Cycle)
Curtis -  (Honky-Tonk Highway)

Mark Twain -  (Riverboats and Rascals)

On Camera Talent

Northwest Teleproductions
Warner Bros.
Departure Films
Airdate Studios
Blumberg Productions
American Express
Treasure Island Casino
Life Touch
Video Update
KTCA television
WCCO television
KSTP television
Dezürik Valves
Agri Bank
The Magic Store
Alpine Air 

voice talent

​Thermo King
School of Communication Arts
Rollerball Co.
Anoka Technical College
Venetian Playhouse
Chanhassen Dinner Theater
Mixed Blood Theatre
Fresh Air Radio
KSJN Radio
WCCO radio
KAXE Radio
American National Radio
Alpine Air

Corporate Talent



Gold Medal


General Mills


Treasure Island Casino

American Express 

Alpine Air

Celebrity Lookalikes

Design Group

Linders Floral

Fairway Foods

Burnett  Realty

Majestic Oaks

Bunker Hills

Hollywood Images

Wayzata Country Club

Spectacular Events

Edina Country Club



Cray Research

Entertainment Themes

DC Hey

Iron World

Science Museum of Minnesota

North Oaks Country Club

Ernst & Young

Kerker and Associates

Minnesota Medical

Desurik Valves

Minnesota Mutual


Spectacular Events


David's multi-talented skills have also put him behind the scenes as director, playwright, voiceover artist and designer/technical director for many productions including work on the 1992 Superbowl halftime show and 5 years with Sesame Street Live touring productions. He has won 7 awards for Best Design, And a Best Director Award from the Minnesota Community College Fine Arts Festival. As Gandolf, He was a member of the 1980 Best Production awarded by the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. For the Twin Cities theater Kudo awards for Best Production he was part of the cast for: Warp- a science fiction trilogy, The Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, both at Mixed Blood theater, and Diamond Studs at Plymouth Radisson Playhouse.
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