Bob Bartlett is a Washington, DC based playwright 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 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 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 a faculty respondent for the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), Vice-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