Burning Coal Announces Auditions for its 20th Anniversary 2016-2017 Season

Burning Coal Theatre Company will hold auditions for its 20th anniversary (2016-2017) season on Saturday, May 28th from 10 am to 6 pm.  Actors may sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084daba729a1f85-burning.  NOTE:  IF THE SLOTS ARE ALL FULL, JUST SHOW UP WHEN YOU CAN AND WE’LL TRY OUR BEST TO GET YOU IN AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

The season will include SKYLIGHT by David Hare, directed by John Gulley, WRITTEN ON THE HEART by David Edgar (US premiere) directed by Jerome Davis, a show TBA directed by Emily Ranii and THE ROYALE by Marco Ramirez, directed by Avis HatcherPuzzo. 

Burning Coal is seeking actors of all ages, races, genders and experience levels. Actors should prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue. Please sign up via the Signup Genius form above.  If you cannot attend on 5/28, please email your picture/resume to burning_coal@ipass.net.


Jun 13 – Jun 24, 2016

10 am – 3 pm on Monday – Friday

$245  DUE on or before the first day of the program.


Incoming 6th-8th graders.

Written by The Students of STC, Jr. 2016

Taught by Burning Coal's Director of Education Jorie Slodki

A two-week conservatory for students in grades 6-8 who want to explore all the possibilities the theatre offers.  Students learn techniques of movement, vocal production, and character study in the mornings and apply those techniques in rehearsing an original play in the afternoons, with a culminating production of that play created by the students themselves at the end of the session (June 24th at 6 pm).  Taught by Burning Coal’s Director of Education, Jorie Slodki.



Jul 11 – Jul 29, 2016

10 am – 4 pm on Monday – Friday

This year‘s play is Antigone

$395  DUE at time of your audition for the play.


Students in grades 9-12 as well as college freshmen.

July 01, 2016

You will be contacted regarding auditions for the play Antigone following enrollment.

Based on the play by Sophocles. 

Taught by Burning Coal's Director of Education

STC Sr. is our intensive, three-week conservatory for high school students interested in rigorous, professional training.  It involves classes in the mornings followed by rehearsals for a play in the afternoons (this year Antigone!).  Two performances of Antigone will take place at Burning Coal on the evenings of July 29 & 30, 2016.

Burning Coal’s Education Director is Jorie Slodki.  Jorie  holds an MA in Theatre Research from University of Wisconsin-Madison and BA in Theatre/Anthropology from Indiana University. She also has a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from University of Iowa and has presented papers at the Midwest Pop Culture Association Conference.  She is originally from Chicago.

Last year, we  were joined by guest artists from colleges and professional theatres around the state.  Similar quality educators will be hired again this year!  Students will learn a wide variety of subjects and techniques in classes with guest artists from fine educational institutions and professional theatres like:

Preston Lane, Triad Stage – The Business of Acting
John Gulley, UNC Greensboro – Meisner
Kirby Wahl, Elon College – The Fitzmaurice Method Read More »

Watch the STC Promo

Uta Hagen Class

Jul 11 – Aug 29, 2016

7 pm – 10 pm on Monday

$200  payable on or prior to the first day of class

Taught by Jerome Davis

Work on scenes from great modern plays with Burning Coal Theatre Company.  Burning Coal’s Artistic Director, Jerome Davis will again lead his annual, eight-week scene study class based on the concepts expressed in Uta Hagen’s landmark book Respect for Acting. Davis studied with Uta Hagen at HB Studios in New York for seven years. Class will be founded in Hagen’s “object exercises.” Students will have the opportunity to work each week on scenes Read More »


Koffee Dance Company 2016

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Jun 9 – Jun 24, 2016

Written by Koffee Dance Company

Directed by Avis Hatcher-Puzzo

Coproduced by Koffee Dance Company

FIVE Performances 6/9, 6/15, 6/18, 6/24 at 7:30 pm, and 6/19 at 2 pm

In 1975, the call came, “Wake up Everybody, no more sleeping in bed. No more backward thinking time for thinking ahead.”  Today, we have been conditioned to be constantly vigilant and attentive to everything. The expectation of our outer personae is constantly at odds with who we truly are, and from Generation X to the Millennials of today we are unable to relax.  Ultimately we have insomnia. This is the story of a small southern town whose residents struggle with their own life issues and their attempts to find acceptance on their own terms.  

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Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson

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Jun 10 – Jun 26, 2016

Written by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Sue Scarborough

Coproduced by Exit Through Eden

SIX performances on 6/10 at 8:00 pm, 6/16, 6/19 and 6/25 at 7:30 pm, 6/12 and 6/26 at 2 pm


“You are beautiful, so half the human race will be your enemy.

You are brilliant and you will be feared.

You are trusting and you will be betrayed.” – Voltaire

Physicist, mathematician, author. Card shark, aristocrat, lover of Voltaire. A woman whose life’s mission became a single equation. Émilie du Châtelet has returned to defend her life, loves, and legacy. To do that, she must learn the fundamental laws of the universe – and of the human soul. Read More »

Cirque de Vol presents “The Fringe Dwellers”

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Jun 12 – Jun 25, 2016

Written by Cirque de Vol

Directed by Sarah Phoenix

Coproduced by Cirque de Vol Studios

Performances on June 12 at 5 pm, June 17, and 23 at 7:30 pm, and June 18 and 25 at 2 pm

Cirque acrobats cultivate presence is this aerial journey through portals of light, movement and sound. Audience members will explore realms of higher consciousness, Jungian archetype and inter-dimensional beings in this enlightening somatic experience of light, movement and sound. The evening’s acts interweave various elements of modern dance, cirque acrobatics, trapeze and improvisational movement.