Friday, August 31, 2007
Aaron Carter is a Chicago playwright, originally from Ohio. He is currently Literary Manager at the Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theater. His paternal grandfather was a black Baptist preacher, his maternal grandparents were white vaudeville performers. The influence of his ancestors is seen Carter’s focus on race, faith, and obscure performance skills.
Carter’s play PANTHER BURN was produced in October 2006 by MPAACT at Victory Gardens Greenhouse. His short play KEGGER was part of Collaboraction’s Sketchbook 2006. FIRST WORDS was presented at Around the Coyote reading series. SWAMP BABY was read in the Side Project’s Harvest Series in Chicago, as well as the Soho Think Tank Sixth Floor Reading Series in New York. His play IF CONDITION was produced as part of Manhattan Rep’s Winterfest, also in New York.
Carter’s work has also been read at Victory Garden’s Theater and Chicago Dramatists, where he is a resident playwright. His latest play, IOWA AKHBAR, was read at Chicago Dramatists, and further developed at Grinnell College.
Carter was a Minority Scholar in Residence / Playwright in Residence at Grinnell College in the Spring of 2007.
Carter’s teaching work includes theater and writing courses at Grinnell College, Indiana University NW, Northwestern Business College, as well as outreach work with Steppenwolf Theater, Congo Square, American Theater Company and After School Matters.