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Bob Bartlett, MA, MFA

Associate Professor
Areas of Specialization - Playwriting, Directing, Devising

Bob Bartlett, Associate Professor of Theatre, teaches playwriting, screenwriting, and dramatic literature and theory in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. His plays include E2 (Rep Stage), Do No HarmThe Orbit of Mercury (2017 O'Neill Finalist), Swimming with Whales (1st Stage), 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 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 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, which was recognized with six 2019 Helen Hayes Awards nominations, including Best Production of a Play, recently had its world premiere at 1st Stage Tysons.

He 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

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