P. Carl

P. Carl is the Director and co-founder of HowlRound—a think tank and knowledge commons actively making community among theatremakers worldwide through online resource sharing and in-person gatherings. Carl is also the co-artistic director of ArtsEmerson at Emerson College where he develops, dramaturgs, and presents an eclectic array of theatre from diverse artists from around the globe. Operating from the core belief that theatre is for everyone, Carl seeks to use the power of live performance in concert with opportunities for international dialogue and activism to foster personal and political transformation through the shared experience of art. Carl is a Distinguished Artist in Residence on the Emerson faculty, and a frequent writer and speaker on the evolution of theater practice and theory. He is the former Producing Artistic Director of the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, the former Director of Artistic Development at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, and holds a PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota. 




NewCritcriticism & analysis

  • Criticism, Vitriol, and Announcing Our NewCrit Critics
    P. Carl introduces the New Crit Critics, and reflects on thier place on HowlRound.
  • Call for Final NewCrit Critic!
    A huge thank you to everyone who applied. We are opening up the call for critics nationwide to determine our final city.
  • Call for Critics!
    A call to bring the art of criticism to HowlRound , utilizing respectful dialogue to foster more in-depth conversations about the theatre we work hard to make.

Blognews, trends, insights

  • Carnaval 2015 Opening Remarks
    Lisa Portes, P. Carl, and José Luis Valenzuela offer opening remarks on Carnaval 2015 at the Theatre School at DePaul University.
  • The Trans Artistic Body
    I’m at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the women’s restroom washing my hands. A woman walks in, “I must be in the wrong place,” she says and walks out. Then she walks back in, “No, you’re in the wrong place,” she says, seething with confidence. I walk out, not sure of my place.
  • Friday Phone Call #60: Gender Identity in Theater—Jess Barbagallo and P. Carl
    Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week's guests: Jess Barbagallo and P. Carl.
  • A New Year’s Diet for the Theater
    In hopes that 2014 will be a fruitful year for the whole theatre community, P. Carl asks for a healthy diet of positive inquiry and generosity to create three-dimensional conversations.