Bob Bartlett, MA, MFA
Areas of Specialization - Playwriting, Directing, Dramatic Literature and Theory
Bob Bartlett, Associate Professor of Theatre, teaches playwriting, screenwriting, theatre history, and dramatic literature and theory in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. His 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.
His work has also been produced by 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 (The Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Program). His play BAREBACKINK, a queer reimaging of the Ganymede myth, recently had a run at NYC's Hard Sparks, directed by Obie-winner David Drake.
Bartlett is Chair of The National Playwriting Program (NPP) of KCACTF (Region 2), 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 2018 Playwright-in-Residence at New Voices for the Theater. He is a founding member of The Welders, a DC-based, producing playwrights collective who were recognized with the 2016 John Aniello Award for Emerging Theater Company by theatreWashington's Helen Hayes Awards.
For BSU Theatre, Bartlett has directed August Wilson's TWO TRAINS RUNNING, Athol Fugard's SIZWE BANZI IS DEAD and BLOOD KNOT, Ellen McLaughlin's adaptation of Aristophanes' LYSISTRATA (invited production - KCACTF Region 2 Festival), Romulus Linney's adaptation of Earnest Gaines' A LESSON BEFORE DYING, and others.
Education: MFA in Playwriting, Catholic University of America; MA in English - Language and Literature, Bowie State University
To see his work: www.bob-bartlett.com