Bob Bartlett, MA, MFA
Lecturer, Theatre Arts
Areas of Expertise & Research: Theatre Arts, Directing, Playwriting
Bob Bartlett, a playwright and director, is a member of the theatre faculty in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts and the Dramatists Guild of America. He has directed plays throughout the region, most recently NATIVE SON and AH, WILDERNESS! (The American Century Theater); MASTER HAROLD … AND THE BOYS, LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT and FRANKIE & JOHNNIE IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE (Quotidian Theatre Company); THE B-TEAM (Landless); the Washington DC premieres of ROUNDING THIRD, MATT & BEN, and COLORBLIND: THE KATRINA MONOLOGUES (AccokeekCreek Theatreco); SIZWE BANSI IS DEAD, selections from 365 PLAYS/365 DAYS, TWO TRAINS RUNNING, and A LESSON BEFORE DYING (Bowie State University); and the world premiere of Carl Mueller's translation of Euripides's PHOENICIAN WOMEN for Natural Theatricals at The Masonic Temple in Alexandria, Virginia. He also recently directed a reading of Martin Sherman’s BENT as a part of Ganymede Arts Forty Years of Landmark GLBT Plays Series at Miss Pixies Backroom Parlor in Washington, DC and in 2009 he served as project coordinator of Welsh Words: Theatre from Wales, a part of the 2009 Smithsonian Folk Life Festival and a collaboration between The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC, and Sherman Cymru, Wale’s leading theatre for new work.
In December, Bartlett completed the MFA in Playwriting at Catholic University of America where his thesis WHALES was directed by Gregg Henry, Artistic Director of the Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival (ACTF). His full-length plays FALLOUT, and KUCHU UGANDA and DEATH BY HIBACHI recently had readings at the Baltimore Playwright’s Festival and the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival, respectively, and his short play FIRE, PAPER had a reading at Theatre J. WHALES recently won runner-up for both ACTF’s 2011 The David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award and 2011 The Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting, was workshopped this summer at Seven Devils Playwrights Conference in McCall, Idaho by NYC's id theater, and is a finalist for the 2011 Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition and will subsequently have readings in NYC this November and Atlanta in February thanks to the Alliance Theater. WHALES was also recently selected for the DC Area Writers Showcase (DAWS) by the National New Play Network (NNPN) for a reading at the Kennedy Center. Bartlett’s play XPHILES UNREQUITED was second runner-up for best play at the 2005 AACT National Theatre Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan and his plays SHOULDER and YOUNG DICK/OLD DICK were performed at the Inaugural Capital Fringe Festival.
Bartlett is also the artistic director and founder of AccokeekCreek Theatreco, a company dedicated to bringing new plays to central and southern Maryland. AccokeekCreek sponsors the ShortStack series, which features short plays by emerging playwrights and is an annual fixture at the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival.
Office: MLK Communication Arts Bldg. RM 278
Courses: THEA 100, THEA 105, THEA 261, THEA 320, THEA 361, THEA 407- 408, THEA 421-422