Jill Carter (Anishinaabe/Ashkenazi) is a Toronto-based theatre practitioner and scholar. She has worked as a Performer, Director, Dramaturg, and Acting Instructor. She earned her Honors BA (Joint Specialist English/Drama) from the University of Toronto and her Master of Arts (Drama) from the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama (at the University of Toronto). And in 2010, she received her Doctorate also from the University of Toronto's Graduate Centre for Study of Drama (since re-named The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies). Her dissertation, which documents the Storyweaving methodology, authored by Muriel Miguel and developed by Spiderwoman Theater, won the Alumnae Dissertation Award in 2011.
In recent years, she has directed the remount of Monique Mojica's Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way, developmental workshops of Omushkego Cree Water Stories, the 2014 developmental workshop of Sideshow Freaks and Circus Injuns (with Monique Mojica and LeAnne Howe), and the Canadian premiere of Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue (written and performed by Gloria Miguel) at Native Earth Performing Arts Aki Studio in fall 2014.
Currently, she is an Assistant Professor with the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies; the Indigenous Studies Program; and the Transitional Year Programme at the University of Toronto. The research questions she pursues revolve around the mechanics of story creation (devising and dramaturgy), the processes of delivery (performance on the stage and on the page), and the mechanics of affect.
Apart from her teaching, theatre work and academic writing, Jill serves on the artistic team of Talking Treaties, works as a researcher and tour guide with First Story Toronto, serves on the editorial board of alt. magazine: cultural diversity and the stage, serves the Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR) as Board Member-at-Large and Equity Officer, and sits on the Grand Council of the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA).
Jill Carter, Assistant Professor
Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, Transitional Year Programme Aboriginal Studies Program, University of Toronto