Bob Bartlett's plays include Union, a new play about Walt Whitman's years living in Washington, DC, during the Civil War, E2 (Rep Stage), Do No Harm, The Orbit of Mercury (2017 O'Neill Finalist), Swimming with Whales (1st Stage), happiness (and other reasons to die) (The Welders), The Accident Bear (The Avenue Laundromat), Falwell (Active Cultures), Kuchu Uganda (DC Queer Theatre Festival), and Kansas. His work has also been seen at The Welders, Iron Crow Theatre, The Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival, and The Capital and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, and developed at Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Theater Alliance, Spooky Action Theatre, Rep Stage, and Alliance Theatre. His play Bareback Ink, a queer reimagining of the Ganymede myth, recently had a run at NYC's Hard Sparks, directed by Obie-winner David Drake. Swimming with Whales, which was one of the winners of the Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, The Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting, and The David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award, will have its world premiere this coming season at 1st Stage in Tysons, Virginia, and is a part of the SigWorks reading series at Signature Theatre. His time-bending "romcom", The Accident Bear, premieres this fall at The Avenue Laundromat in downtown Annapolis.
He is the 2018 Playwright-in-Residence at New Voices for the Theater, 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, a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Chair of KCACTF's (Region 2) National Playwriting Program, and a member of the theatre faculty at Bowie State University in Maryland, where he teaches playwriting, directing, and devising. Bartlett lives in Central Maryland in an old farmhouse, and is a founding member of The Welders, a Washington, DC-based, producing playwrights collective who were recognized with the 2016 John Aniello Award for Emerging Theater Company by theatreWashington's Helen Hayes Awards.
education and training: Bowie State University (MA, English), Catholic University of America (MFA, Playwriting), Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory
contact: bobbartlettjr at gmail dot com
read my plays: Bob Bartlett @ The New Play Exchange
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