2017 art of change fellowship
berlin prize fellowship
P. Carl is a Distinguished Artist in Residence, Department of Performing Arts, at Emerson College in Boston. He was awarded a 2017 Art of Change Fellowship from the Ford Foundation, the Berlin Prize fellowship from the American Academy for the Fall of 2018, the Andrew W. Mellon Creative Research Residency at the University of Washington, and the Anschutz Fellowship at Princeton for spring of 2020. His forthcoming memoir, Becoming Carl, will be published by Simon & Schuster in January 2020.
His most recent work as a dramaturg includes Claudia Rankine’s The White Card. He is the co-founder of Howlround, a free and open platform for theater-makers worldwide that amplifies progressive ideas about the art form and facilitates connection between diverse practitioners.
Operating from the core belief that theater 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. Discussing the founding of Howlround, Carl notes: "When you open the door, when you say anyone’s welcome, a lot of people who haven't felt welcome come through.”
In an interview with WBUR in Boston, Carl reflected on his career in theatre: “I think you could see, in my career, a commitment to social justice and activism. … The questions of equity and inclusion — those questions are the ‘whys’ of theater. In the career I've put together, I've not lost any of those passions."
Carl received a Bachelor's degree in English Literature and a Masters in Peace Studies from Notre Dame, and holds a PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota. He has spent time in Florida working to organize union farm workers, and in south central LA working at a clinic of Central American refugees. Born in Elkhart, Indiana, he now lives in Boston with his spouse, the writer Lynette D'Amico, and their dogs Lenny Obama and Sonny.
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