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.
P. Carl affirms our need to democratize the theatre field, in the battle to define what constitutes good art.
P. Carl on the process, and consequences, of defining the insitutional truth in Non-for-Profit Theaters in the United States.
P. Carl compares and constrasts the rhythms of institutions and artists.
P. Carl's keynote from the 2012 CityWrights: Weekend for Playwrights enbolden artists to focus on making good art, rather than being overwhelmed by transactions.