Matthew Adelson


Based in the Berkshire region of western Massachusetts, his work for Burning Coal includes, The Shape of the Table, The Seafarer, The Prisoner’s Dilemma, Inherit The Wind, Pentecost, Einstein’s Dreams (2 productions),Miss Julie, James Joyce’s The Dead, The Man Who Tried to Save the World, Travesties (2 productions), A Doll’s House  Read More »

James Anderson


Most recently played Roman in Burning Coal’s US premiere of David Edgar’s The Prisoner’s Dilemma (Best Ensemble, Best Production, Indy Weekly, 2008). Also for Burning Coal; Edward Teller in The Lovesong of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Best Supporting Actor, Indy Weekly, 2007). New York City credits include Richard III, After That Platform & It’s Quiet (The Village Voice), Read More »

Jade Arnold


is no stranger to drama, having been born and raised in Dirty Durham, North Carolina. He attended UNC-Wilmington, became a theatre major and graduated with his Bachelors degree in Fine Arts. His credits with Burning Coal include 1960!, Lessons Learned at Oakwood Cemetery, and Hair! He wishes to thank Burning Coal for the honor of adding him to the company.

Bob Barr


*Actors Equity

has been a member of Burning Coal since its first season, having appeared in PENTECOST, EINSTEIN’S DREAMS, HENRY IV, NIGHT AND DAY, TARTUFFE and TAMING OF THE SHREW. In recent years, he has appeared in Washington DC (Studio Theatre, Washington Stage Guild, Folger Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre and the Olney Theatre, Read More »

Morag Charlton


was born in Cape Town, South Africa and now lives in Raleigh. She is a professional artist working primarily as a painter and is represented by Glance Gallery in Raleigh. Her studio is located at AntFarm, a cooperative studio warehouse located in the historic Boylan Heights neighborhood. For Burning Coal: Einstein’s Dreams, Romeo and Juliet, Read More »

Fred Corlett


BFA and MFA in Dramatic Art from UNC Chapel Hill. 1978-1981 Directed in the Visiting Artist Program in North Carolina. 1980, 1981 Production Stage Manager of UNTO THESE HILLS outdoor drama in Cherokee, NC. 1983 Resident in the North Carolina Artist in the Schools program. 1983-1986 Stage Managed 10 Equity Showcase productions Read More »

Emelia “Me-Me” Cowans


For Burning Coal, “Quilts of Gee’s Bend” 2009/2010; “1960” 2008/2009; “Crowns” 2007/2008. Other stage credits include “Anatomy of a Woman Abused: A One-Woman Show” by Jaisun McMillian, “Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child” by Regina McCrary and “Save a Seat for Me” by Spencer Jenkins. Read More »

Jerome Davis


is Burning Coal Theatre Company’s founding artistic director. He has worked at Trinity Repertory Company (Providence), People’s Light & Theatre Company (PA), New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Phoenix Theatre (SUNY/Purhchase), Wellfleet Harbor Actors’ Theatre (Cape Cod), Columbia University, and Soho Rep, New Dramatists, Avalon Rep and MINT Theatre (NYC). Read More »

Ian Finley



is the former Director of Education for Burning Coal, having headed its WillPower (now Fuse) residency programs, its Summer Theatre Conservatories, its New York & London tours, and many other programs. He is author of 1960 (Burning Coal, 2009), Green Square, Suspense, Nightengale Song, and The Nature of the Nautilus (winner of the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award), Read More »

Debra Gillingham



is grateful to be a member of BCTC where she has performed in The Lovesong of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Taming of the Shrew, Safe House, James Joyce’s The Dead, and Juno and the Paycock; she also served as choreographer for Company. Other credits include work with Peace College, Temple Theatre, SART, Flat Rock Playhouse, Barter Theatre, Read More »


Past Productions & Events

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