Taught by Burning Coal's Education Director

Willpower! is Burning Coal’s Education Outreach program for public and private schools throughout central North Carolina.  This program was founded in our second season (1998/99).  The residencies bring a trained, professional theatre artist into the school to conduct a workshop or performance with the drama, theatre, or English classes.

Originally developed to educate elementary, middle, and high school students about the works of William Shakespeare, it has since developed into a tailored curriculum for students covering topics such as the art of voice, musical theatre, movement, and playwriting. Read More »

Submit to KidsWrite

All students, grades 6-12

March 01, 2016

Submission Deadline

SUBMIT YOUR ONE-ACT PLAY in Standard Manuscript Format

To encourage the young writers of North Carolina, Burning Coal each year holds a festival of new plays, written by students from 6th grade to 12th grade from Wake and surrounding counties in North Carolina. Kidswrite was created in 2004.  Kidswrite will be accepting submissions of one-act plays from students and producing a number of them in May 2016 at the Murphey School. Please help us spread the word and help our next generation of writers!

All original one-act plays, less than 45 pages in standard manuscript format and written by a student, grades 6 through 12, are eligible.  Please send submissions along with a letter including your name, address, email address or phone number, grade and school.

Submissions must be received by March 1, 2016.  Writers will be notified by mid-April.

Schools Tour

This year‘s play is Spoonface Steinberg

$900  One performance
$1700  Two performances

Written by Lee Hall

On tour March 7 - 11, 2016

Run time: 55 minutes plus Talkback, as needed

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Burning Coal will come to you!  Have us perform a powerful one-woman show (this year, Spoonface Steinberg by Lee Hall) at your school for the student body!  The play is about a young girl with Autism who is working out the complexities of life and fighting a debilitating illness.  Her courageous battle is at the core of Spoonface Steinberg.  

Performances can take place morning or afternoon.  The production is flexible and self-contained; all we need is a bare stage.  Performances followed by a talkback with actor and director, and accompanied with a study guide for the performance.  For more information, call 919-834-4001.

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.


Founded in 2011, ShakeScenes introduces 3rd through 12th graders to the works of William Shakespeare, emphasizing through games, exercises, and performances that Shakespeare is fun, not hard!
By introducing students to Shakespeare at an early age, it debunks many of the students’ preconceived myths that Shakespeare is boring, old, and hard to understand. 
The interactive and fun nature of ShakeScenes serves to clear roadblocks in their future education by making students enthusiastic about Shakespeare!

ShakeScenes Packages

Includes five days of class instruction, activities, games, and discussions (up to three consecutive hours a day) with Burning Coal’s Director of Education Jorie Slodki that makes Shakespeare accessible and fun!
Burning Coal’s troupe of professional actors come to your school and perform  a variety of scenes from Shakespeare’s most famous works, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, and The Tempest as part of an interactive show! This 50 minute performance is open to the entire student body and is narrated by Director of Education Jorie Slodki, with a discussion following the performance.
If you have trouble choosing one, have both our residency teaching program and single performance compliment one another as you open the works of Shakespeare to your students on a fun, interactive level!

KidsWrite Performance Festival

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May 13 – May 14, 2016

7:30 pm on Friday – Saturday
2 pm on Saturday

$10  Regular Admission

Tickets available only at the door.  For additional info, call 919.834.4001.

Come join us at Burning Coal Theatre Company for our 8th annual KidsWrite! New Play Festival 2016, featuring works written by local students in 6th-12th grades. The festival will take place on May 13-14, 2016, with performances at 7:30 pm on Friday, and 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday. Admission is $10, and tickets are available only at the door.

To encourage the young writers of North Carolina, Burning Coal each year holds a festival of new plays, written by students from 6th grade to 12th grade from Wake and surrounding counties in North Carolina.



This year’s featured plays will include:

“Behind the Curtain” by Emma Dieterle (Research Triangle High)
“Tinderbox” by Emily Rose White (Enloe HS)
“A Birthday Party at the End of the World” by Ariana Holly (Longleaf School of the Arts)
“The Fire” by Maeghan Suzik (Enloe HS)
“One, Two, Three: A Series of Pains” by Ben Pluska (Enloe HS)
“Snake Charmer” by Hannah Levinson (Enloe HS) Read More »


A drama based program designed to strengthen oral communication and language literacy in young ESL learners, while nurturing creativity, cooperation And confidence.

TEATRO utilizes improvisation, role play, theatre games, monologues, dialogues and bilingual scripts (commercial and student generated) to enhance academic skills, honor cultural diversity and foster achievement.

TEATRO is aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and may be adapted for various grade levels and residencies of varied duration. Instructor will work with administrators and teachers to tailor a program specific to the needs of your ESL population. Read More »


Jun 12 – Jun 23, 2017

10 am – 3 pm on Monday – Friday

$275  DUE on or before the first day of the program.


Incoming 6th-8th graders.

Written by The Students of STC, Jr. 2017

Taught by Burning Coal's Director of Education Jennifer Markowitz

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 23rd at 6:30 pm).  Taught by Burning Coal’s Director of Education, Jennifer Markowitz.



Past Productions & Events

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Directing with Jennifer Markowitz

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Oct 10 – Nov 14, 2016

7 pm – 10 pm on Monday

$155  call with visa or mastercard at 919.834.4001

Taught by Jennifer Markowitz

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Directing is both a craft and an interpretive art.  This intensive, practical class teaches students the essential tools of directing from an accomplished professional. Learn the fundamental tools of direction: play analysis, staging and composition, research and rehearsal process, culminating in the presentation of a short scene.  Previous directing training is not required but theatre experience on any level will be helpful. More on Jennifer’s career can be found at:  http://jennifer-markowitz-director.squarespace.com/ Read More »


Jul 10 – Jul 28, 2017

10 am – 4 pm on Monday – Friday

This year‘s play is TBA

$425  DUE at time of your audition for the play.


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

July 01, 2017

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

Taught by Director of Education, Jennifer Markowitz

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 TBA will take place at Burning Coal on the evenings of July 28 & 29, 2017.

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:

John Gulley, UNC Greensboro – Meisner
Kevin Otos, Elon College – Clowning/Mask Work
Preston Lane, Triad Stage – Auditioning
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Commedia Workshop with Kevin Otos

Nov 2, 2013

12 pm - 5 pm on Saturday

$60  Workshop fee

Learn and experience the Commedia dell’Arte with Kevin Otos in this dynamic, on-your-feet engaged workshop Saturday, November 2nd from noon to 5pm at the Burning Coal Theatre, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh. Participants will discover and explore the characters, lazzi, and masks associated with this vital style through a series of invigorating exercises and structured improvisations.  This workshop is designed for both those familiar and unfamiliar with Commedia; everyone is welcome to experience this visceral style.  Workshop fee:  $60.  To reserve your space, please call 919.834.4001 today. Read More »