Bob Bartlett's plays include Union, a new play about Walt Whitman's years living and loving in Washington, DC, during the Civil War, The Regular (2020 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference), E2, an adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's EDWARD II which premiered last fall at Maryland's Rep Stage, The Orbit of Mercury (2017 O'Neill Finalist), Swimming with Whales (1st Stage - six 2019 Helen Hayes Award nominations), 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 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.
Bartlett 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, screenwriting, theatre history, theory, and criticism. He 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
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