P. Carl is a Distinguished Artist in Residence at Emerson College in Boston. He is also a writer and lecturer on theater, gender, inclusive practices, and innovative models for building community and organizations. He is an accomplished theater artist most recently a key creative collaborator (dramaturg and producer) on a range of diverse projects including Claudia Rankine’s new 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. Carl is the founder of the journal HowlRound and co-founder of the subsequent online platform HowlRound Theatre Commons.
In 2017 Carl was given a prestigious Art of Change Fellowship from the Ford Foundation, named Theater Person of the Year in 2015 (National Theater Conference), as well as an Alumni of Notable Distinction (University of Minnesota). He is former positions include: Director of HowlRound Theatre Commons, Co-artistic Director ArtsEmerson (Emerson College), Director of Artistic Development, Steppenwolf Theater, and Producing Artistic Director, The Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis. Carl holds a PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota, and is currently working on his memoir, Becoming a White Man. He was born in Elkhart, Indiana and now lives in Boston with his spouse, the writer Lynette D’Amico, and their dogs Lenny Obama and Sonny.