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P. Carl

P. Carl is a nonfiction writer and Distinguished Artist in Residence at Emerson College. He completed his BA in English and MA in Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and a PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society at the University of Minnesota. Carl writes widely on theater, gender, and inclusive practices. The co-founder and past director of HowlRound, a think tank, journal, and knowledge commons committed to building community among international theater makers, he stands at the forefront of creating innovative knowledge platforms and cultural transformation models for arts organizations.

 

In 2017, Carl was awarded a prestigious Art of Change Fellowship from the Ford Foundation. He was named Theater Person of the Year in 2015 (National Theater Conference), as well as an Alumni of Notable Distinction (University of Minnesota). He has served as Co-artistic Director of ArtsEmerson at Emerson College, Director of Artistic Development at Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, and Producing Artistic Director at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Recent contributions as a dramaturg and producer include Claudia Rankine’s 2017 play, The White Card, Melinda Lopez’s Mala (2017 Elliot Norton Award Winner for Outstanding New Script), Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s How to Be a Rock Critic, and Deborah Stein and Suli Holum’s The Wholehearted.

A list of resolutions.
A New Year’s Diet for the Theater
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A New Year’s Diet for the Theater

6 January 2014

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.  

Portrait of P. Carl.
Not Planning to Cross Dress This Time…
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Not Planning to Cross Dress This Time…

7 October 2013

P. Carl writes about his experience cross-dressing to fundraise for HowlRound, and makes an appeal to help us continue our mission of highlighting the dissonances of the theater industry.

The Beauty of Complexity
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The Beauty of Complexity

Or the Death of the Pure Aesthetic

15 September 2013

P. Carl's speech delivered at ArtsCrush in Seattle, Washington on September 10, 2013.

A Conversation with Paula Vogel, Teo Castellanos, and Will Power
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A Conversation with Paula Vogel, Teo Castellanos, and Will Power

8 September 2013

P. Carl talks to Paula Vogel, Teo Castellanos, and Will Power about politics, diplomacy as artists, and the lines they will or will not cross

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An Apology
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An Apology

19 July 2013

P. Carl issues an apology on behalf of HowlRound and Lily Janiak in regards to a NewCrit piece.

P Carl with a bike.
Summer Dreaming
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Summer Dreaming

7 July 2013

A refection on the power of dreaming by P Carl.

Portrait of P Carl.
Why the Crowd? Why a Culture Coin?
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Why the Crowd? Why a Culture Coin?

27 May 2013

In this essay, P. Carl gives insight on promoting cultural exchanges and uplifting communities of artists.

Video
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Video

Culture Coin—Watch, Share, Vote Daily!

23 May 2013

HowlRound presents a video on Culture Coin, a peer-to-peer digital currence and resource sharing economy for all

Criticism, Vitriol, and Announcing Our NewCrit Critics
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Criticism, Vitriol, and Announcing Our NewCrit Critics

20 April 2013

P. Carl introduces the New Crit Critics, and reflects on thier place on HowlRound. 

Poster for Cohen New Works Festival.
This Is It!
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This Is It!

7 April 2013

A transcription of P. Carl's keynote address on March 25, 2013 at The Cohen New Works Festival presented by the University Co-op at University of Texas-Austin.

Docile Bodies
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Docile Bodies

Disciplining the Imagination

4 March 2013

In this meditation, P. Carl examines the effectiveness of discipline when influencing creativity and promoting critical thought.

Call for Final NewCrit Critic!
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Call for Final NewCrit Critic!

27 February 2013

A huge thank you to everyone who applied. We are opening up the call for critics nationwide to determine our final city.

Modeling a Theatre Commons
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Modeling a Theatre Commons

14 February 2013

P. Carl, David Dower, Jamie Gahlon, and Vijay Mathew define their visions of HowlRound as a not-for-profit theatre commons.

Call for Critics!
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Call for Critics!

30 January 2013

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.

Portrait of P Carl.
This Year Let’s Redefine Success
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This Year Let’s Redefine Success

7 January 2013

In this meditation, P. Carl reflects on the meaning of success in theatre.

Should I Get an MFA? Or, What Should I do Now That I Have My MFA?
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Should I Get an MFA? Or, What Should I do Now That I Have My MFA?

13 December 2012

P. Carl offers practical advice for theatremakers trying to find their place in the industry. 

The Lessons of History
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The Lessons of History

Some Post-Election Thoughts

19 November 2012

In light of the 2012 presidential election, P. Carl reflects on the importance of public service.

Beauty and the Decline of the Theater Professional
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Beauty and the Decline of the Theater Professional

29 October 2012

P. Carl affirms our need to democratize the theatre field, in the battle to define what constitutes good art.

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The Un-read
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The Un-read

18 September 2012

Fall is back, and that means it's time to mull over how to keep new and undiscovered stories up front.

Portrait of P Carl.
Truthiness in the Politics of Theater
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Truthiness in the Politics of Theater

10 September 2012

P. Carl on the process, and consequences, of defining the insitutional truth in Non-for-Profit Theaters in the United States. 

The Value of Rhythms
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The Value of Rhythms

30 July 2012

P. Carl compares and constrasts the rhythms of institutions and artists.

P Carl giving a speech at a podium.
Finding the Gift and Making Theater for Everyone
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Finding the Gift and Making Theater for Everyone

18 June 2012

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.

Portrait of P Carl.
A Boy in a Man's Theater
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A Boy in a Man's Theater

25 April 2012

P. Carl on why the lack of stories on American Stages about those who do not identify with a single gender, and the need to change it. 

How Can We Do It Better?
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How Can We Do It Better?

21 April 2012

As HowlRound moves forward with the same mission of crowdsourcing, P. Carl asks us: what can we do better?

Portrait of P Carl.
The Dream of a Center for the Theater Commons at Emerson College
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The Dream of a Center for the Theater Commons at Emerson College

18 April 2012

P. Carl and David Dower outline thier plan for what HowlRound will look and function like moving forward.