Featured PhD Alumna: Polly Carl
Polly Carl is the Creative Director of ArtsEmerson where s/he co-artistic directs an annual season of international work for the downtown theaters of Emerson College. S/he develops, dramaturgs, and presents an eclectic array of work from diverse artists from around the globe. Operating from the core belief that theater is for everyone, Carl seeks to use the work of the theater in concert with opportunities for public dialogue to foster civic transformation through the shared experience of art. In addition, as a Distinguished Artist in Residence on the Emerson faculty, s/he has developed a creative producing curriculum for Emerson College students to fully explore the professional work of ArtsEmerson and HowlRound. Carl is also the Director and co-founder of HowlRound, a knowledge commons by and for the theater community. HowlRound is an online platform as well as an in-person convener of theater practitioners that explores key issues in the field and extends an open invitation for international participation. S/he previously worked as the Producing Artistic Director at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and as the Director of Artistic Development for Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. S/he holds a PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota.