Behind the Curtain


Rhonda Carlson is an international performance coach, director, and music director with extensive credits from Los Angeles to Moscow, London to Shanghai.

With decades of teaching experience, Rhonda has taught music and theatre in such programs as The Boston Conservatory, Boston University, the graduate theatre program at The University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and for Profty Education, an international performing arts education organization.

Rhonda’s students have appeared on Broadway, in national tours, on television and in film, and have been accepted into the most prestigious performing art programs in the world. In addition, she has coached finalists and semi-finalists featured on The Voice and American Idol. Her book, "What Do I Do With My Hands?-A Guide to Acting for the Singer," is used in university and professional programs across the U.S. and abroad.

As a composer-playwright, her award-winning musical, "Dear Emma," has received critical acclaim from numerous sources, including the LA Times, and her play, "Fly Over Land," was the 2009 winner of The Larry Course International Playwriting Competition. The play addressed the devastating effects of chronic pain and was featured in a symposium on pain sponsored by The University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Rhonda has composed scores for independent films and books-on-tape and has served as a host for the educational series, You Can Make Music (CA). She has performed with Opera Midwest in Chicago and The Portland Symphony, and has extensive experience in national and regional commercials as an on-camera personality and voiceover specialist.

She has directed productions across the US and most recently directed a student’s original musical on the West End in London.

Rhonda currently resides in Las Vegas, NV.