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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.

What’s Done Cannot be Undone
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What’s Done Cannot be Undone

Lies in the Theater and Some Thoughts on Mike Daisey

20 March 2012
A dictionary entry for the words collaborate, collaboration, and collaborator.
Some Thoughts on Collaboration
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Some Thoughts on Collaboration

13 March 2012

Love, comprimise, and honesty are essential to good partnerships. But are we as a theatre industry remembering to include these ideas in the way we make work?

Join us for the 21st Century Literary Office Convening
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Join us for the 21st Century Literary Office Convening

22 February 2012

Join us for the 21st Century Literary Office Convening, and hear from P. Carl about just what we're setting out to do.

Portrait of P. Carl.
Burning Down A House
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Burning Down A House

2 February 2012

P. Carl breaks down how the aesthetics, complexities, and high stakes in a play like Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit, create disruptive theatre.

Portrait of P. Carl.
A Virtual Theater Movement
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A Virtual Theater Movement

6 January 2012

P. Carl asks if the virtual connectedness of the twenty first century theater community can provide the place for artists to move beyond the brick and mortar settings of the current regional theater movement, and into greater creative freedom.

Many doodles of the word no arranged to form the word yes.
From Me to We
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From Me to We

Welcome to the New HowlRound.com

2 January 2012

A welcome to the new HowlRound.com, another step forward in turning the conversation around theater from "me" to "we."

Portrait of P. Carl.
A Creative Room of One's Own
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A Creative Room of One's Own

5 December 2011

P. Carl ruminates on the comparison between an ER and a rehearsal room, and the lessons we can lean as theater makers from both.

 

Portrait of P. Carl.
A HowlRound Thanksgiving Retrospective Roundup
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A HowlRound Thanksgiving Retrospective Roundup

23 November 2011

P.Carl, a founder of HowlRound highlights some quotes from articles published in the first year of HowlRound. 

Portrait of P. Carl.
Artists, Institutions, and the Decline of Public Discourse
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Artists, Institutions, and the Decline of Public Discourse

31 October 2011

P. Carl on the decline of public discourse and the relationship between artists, institutions, and the percieved Haves and Have-Nots. 

The word yes.
A Theater of YES!
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A Theater of YES!

3 October 2011

P.Carl meditates on the power of saying Yes instead of No to new ideas. 

Opt In
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Opt In

31 August 2011

From social media posts from interns, to the "important stuff" institutional leaders handle, what in orgnizational culture needs to change, so aspiring and creative minds are not stifled by rigid hierarchies.

Portrait of P. Carl.
Social Skills and the Theater
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Social Skills and the Theater

25 July 2011

P. Carl describes the social traps that befall those who work in non-profit theater, and advocates for the introduction of more breathing and thinking time into insitutions.

A logo that reads "TCG at 50: What if..."
Getting Over Ourselves
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Getting Over Ourselves

27 June 2011

Reflecting on the 2011 TCG Conference, P. Carl asks “What if we could get over ourselves?” at both the individual and institutional level.

Portrait of P. Carl.
Was I Born This Way?
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Was I Born This Way?

22 May 2011

P. Carl, the Co- Artisic Director of ArtsEmerson, narrates his evoultion of finding his place in the creatative field of theater, and the way the nature and expression of creativity in theatre is tied into the nature and nutrue philosphical arguement. 

A book entitled "The Gift: How the creative spirit transforms the world."
Notes on Generosity in the Theater
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Notes on Generosity in the Theater

10 April 2011

Thoughts on maintaining a sense of abundance and gratitude as a theatre artist.

A classical art piece showing three women dancing.
Dialing the Suicide Hotline
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Dialing the Suicide Hotline

24 February 2011

P. Carl asks: What are we to do to survive our own ego-mania?

Interview with David Dower
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Interview with David Dower

13 February 2011

In this final installment of the series From Scarcity to Abundance: Capturing the Moment for the New Work Sector, P. Carl interviews David Dower on the results of the convening, and his assertion that new plays are in a state of abundance, not scarcity. 

Interview with Alison Carey
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Interview with Alison Carey

8 February 2011

In this installment of the series From Scarcity to Abundance: Capturing the Moment for the New Work Sector, P. Carl interviews Alison Carey of Cornerstone Theater Company about how to open up the conversation about diversity and inclusion in the theatre.

Interview with Claudia Rankine
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Interview with Claudia Rankine

7 February 2011

In this installment of the series From Scarcity to Abundance: Capturing the Moment for the New Work Sector, P. Carl interviews poet Claudia Rankine on the negotiation of the contradiction that often arises between beauty and the truth.

From Scarcity to Abundance
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From Scarcity to Abundance

A Truly Abundant Moment for the New Play Sector

5 February 2011

In this installment of the series From Scarcity to Abundance: Capturing the Moment for the New Work Sector, P. Carl connects the abundance of new plays with the need to embrace diversity in the theatre.

Cast of Long Day's Journey Into Night
Confessions, Contradictions, Beauty
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Confessions, Contradictions, Beauty

25 January 2011

P. Carl reveals his personal journey with theatre through the lens of confessions, contradictions, and beauty. 

Transgender Series
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Transgender Series

A series from trans theatre artists that highlight diverse stories of a trans community of practicing artists working to create visibility in the theatre and the world.