Jill Carter

Assistant Professor (Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies; Transitional Year Programme & Indigenous Studies)



As a researcher and theatre-worker, Jill Carter (Anishinaabe/Ashkenazi) works in Tkaronto with many Indigenous artists to support the development of new works and to disseminate artistic objectives, process, and outcomes through community-driven research projects. Her scholarly research, creative projects, and activism are built upon ongoing relationships with Indigenous Elders, scholars, youth, artists and activists positioning her as witness to, participant in, and disseminator of oral histories that speak to the application of Indigenous aesthetic principles and traditional knowledge systems to contemporary performance.   

The research questions she pursues revolve around the mechanics of story creation, the processes of delivery and the mechanics of affect.  More recently, she has concentrated upon Indigenous pedagogical models for the rehearsal studio and the lecture hall; the application of Indigenous [insurgent] research methods within performance studies; the politics of land acknowledgements; and land-based dramaturgies/activations/interventions.

Apart from her teaching, theatre work and academic writing, Jill works as a researcher and tour guide with First Story Toronto (http://ncct.on.ca/first-story-toronto-app-bus-tour/); facilitates Land Acknowledgement Workshops for theatre makers in this city; 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).

Recent publications

“Circulations: Visual Sovereignty, Transmotion and Tribalography.” with Heather Davis-Fisch and Ric Knowles.  A Cultural History of Theatre: The Modern Age.  Edited by Kim Solga, Tracy C. Davis and Christopher Balme. Bloomsbury, 2017. 96-117.

"Interventions Into the Maw of Old World Hunger: Frog Monsters, Kinstellatory Maps, and Radical Relationalities in a Project of Re-Worlding." with Karyn Recollet and Dylan Robinson. Canadian Performance Histories and Historiographies. Edited by Heather Davis-Fisch. Playwrights Canada Press, 2017. 205-231.

“Decolonizing the Storyteller’s Art Through Land-Based Praxis: A Re-Creation Story told by Sherry Bie and Jill Carter.”  with Sherry Bie. Alt. Theatre: Cultural Diversity and the Stage. (13.2): Winter 2017. 10-19.

Recent projects

In 2017-18, Jill will continue her duties as co-convenor (with CDTPS doctoral candidate Myrto Koumarianos) of Native Performance Culture and The Rhythm of Re Conciliation: Re-membering Ourselves in Deep Time—a working group, sponsored by the Jackman Humanities Institute



Since 2016, Jill has served as a Cultural Advisor and Project Collaborator for “The Performative Power of Vocality,” a research project led by UBC scholar Virginie Magnat and supported by an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Council.

And more recently, Jill has become a collaborator on Gatherings--Archival and Oral Histories of Canadian Performance, an exciting new research initiative led by U of T scholar Stephen Johnson.


PhD, University of Toronto
MA, University of Toronto
BA, University of Toronto