Playwriting: the Basics

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Sep 21 – Oct 26, 2015

7 pm – 10 pm on Monday

$145  For six sessions, payable on or prior to the first day of class.

Taught by Jorie Slodki

Burning Coal Theatre Company’s new Director of Education, Jorie Slodki, will be teaching a class in Beginning Playwriting in September. Participants will spend six weeks learning the basic elements necessary for a quality play through in-class exercises, reading modern American works, and speaking with local playwrights. By the end of class, participants will have written their own one-act plays. 

No playwriting experience is necessary. Students will be expected to both read and write outside of class. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. 

Class will be held at Burning Coal’s Murphey School Auditorium on Monday nights from 7-10pm. Class will be held September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, and 26. The cost is $155, payable on or prior to the first day of class.  Read More »



Jan 18 – Feb 8, 2016

7 pm – 10 pm on Monday

$145  DUE on or prior to the first day of the first day of class

Taught by Jorie Slodki

Does the thought of speaking for a crowd make you break into a cold sweat? Fear no more, because Director of Education Jorie Slodki (MA, University of Wisconsin) is teaching a class on public speaking. It doesn’t matter if you need to give a keynote address to an audience of hundreds or a short presentation to your team at work. You will get the tools you need to prepare your words, keep calm in the moment, handle any props or visual aids … and deal with the unexpected!


Live at Burning Coal: An Intro to Stand-Up Comedy!

standup comic

Apr 18 – May 23, 2016

7 pm – 10 pm on Monday

$155  Due on or before the first class

Taught by Director of Education Jorie Slodki

Hey, d’ya ever notice how fun it can be to make a crowd laugh? If you want to try tickling funny bones, Director of Education Jorie Slodki is teaching an introductory course on stand-up comedy. Students will learn how to write a 10-minute routine and learn from legendary comics. The class culminates in a final performance where students perform for family and friends, as well as a panel of professionals who will provide further tips on fine-tuning your act.

Students will be expected to do homework outside of class. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.


Auditions Held
10 am – 6 pm on May 28, 2016

Please Bring

2 copies of Picture & Resume (if you have one)

1 minute contemporary monologue

Burning Coal firmly believes in the principle of race, age and gender non-specific casting and actively seeks minority actors, directors, designers, and technicians for participation in ALL its events!  

Auditions for the 2016/17 Season at Burning Coal for both Equity and non-Equity actors of all ages, genders, races and experience levels will be held on Saturday, May 28th at Burning Coal Theatre, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC 27604.  Timeslots available from 10 a.m. to 6:00 pm.  In order to book an appointment, please sign up at

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

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 »


Past Productions & Events

The following shows/events have passed.


Up From the Ground

Oct 2, 2013

7 pm on Wednesday

$5  Suggested Donation

Murphey School Auditorium

Written by Ian Finley

Up From the Ground is an original play by 2012 Piedmont Laureate Ian Finley about how our heritage, hopes and values are reflected in the food we eat.  Written as part of the Laureate program, Up From the Ground will receive its world-premier reading at Burning Coal Theatre Company on Wednesday, October 2nd, 7:00pm as part of their New Works series. Read More »

Aurora Borealis

Jun 26 – Jun 26, 2013

7 pm on Wednesday

Murphey School Auditorium

Written by Kelly Doyle

Directed by Steph Scribner

Free with suggested donation of $5 at the door

Staged reading of new play by Kelly Doyle (Blue, Dirt, Agnes the Giant), directed by Steph Scribner.  When Aurora returns home after spending nearly two years in prison, she finds  her brother Milo’s hoarder girlfriend has moved into the house and filled it  with mountains of well-organized garbage. On the other side of town, Milo has a  violent altercation with a rescue worker while he singlehandedly attempts to  protect the CSA produce from a hailstorm. When they finally meet, dark secrets  from childhood are revealed and resolved as they attempt to reconcile after  years of estrangement and misunderstanding. Alternatively disturbing and drily  funny, “Aurora Borealis” explores how we escape the traps in life that we set  for ourselves and become lost in.”

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.