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, The Kennedy Center, Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, The Lark New Play Development Center, Theater Alliance, Rep Stage, Spooky Action, Source Festival, Iron Crow Theatre, and The Capital and Edinburgh 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 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.
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, and coordinator of the theatre program at Bowie State University in Maryland, where he teaches playwriting, directing, and devising. Bartlett lives in Davidsonville, MD, in a 150-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
contact: bobbartlettjr at gmail dot com
read my plays: Bob Bartlett @ The New Play Exchange
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