Bob is a Washington, DC based dramatist whose plays include The Orbit of Mercury, Swimming with Whales, happiness (and other reasons to die), The Accident Bear, Falwell, Kuchu Uganda, Greetings from Youngstown, and Kansas. His work has been commissioned, produced, and developed at Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Lark New Play Development Center, Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival, Theater Alliance, Source Festival, Active Cultures, Rorschach Theatre, Forum Theatre, Rep Stage, Spooky Action Theatre, Iron Crow Theatre Company, The DC Queer Theatre Festival, The Welders, Signature Theatre, and the Edinburgh and Capital Fringe Festivals. His play Bareback Ink, a queer reimaging of the Ganymede myth, recently had a run at NYC's Hard Sparks, directed by Obie-winner David Drake.
Swimming with Whales was one of the recipients of ACTF’s Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting and David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award and was a finalist for the Kendeda Playwriting Competition at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater. The Accident Bear recently received readings by NYC’s ID Theatre and kef productions, and Falwell and The Accident Bear were finalists for 2016's Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and 2016's SourceFest, respectively. Bareback Ink recently had a run at Baltimore’s Iron Crow Theatre Company and Kuchu Uganda was the featured play at The Third Annual DC Queer Theatre Festival. The Fourth of April, written to commemorate Bowie State University's Susquecentenial, had its world premier at BSU in the fall of 2015.
He is a two-time recipient of the Individual Artists Award in Playwriting from the Maryland State Arts Council, an affiliated artist with the National New Play Network, and a member of The Dramatists Guild of America. He coordinates the theatre program at Bowie State University, where he teaches playwriting, directing, and devising, lives in Davidsonville, MD, in a 135-year-old farmhouse, and is a founding member of The Welders, a DC-based, producing playwrights collective.
education and training: Bowie State University (MA, English), Catholic University of America (MFA, Playwriting), Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory
employment: Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, Bowie State University
contact: bobbartlettjr at gmail dot com
read my plays: Bob Bartlett @ The New Play Exchange
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