Joy Polhemus


Burning Coal’s House Manager for Mainstage Productions since the opening of our Murphey School venue in February of 2008. She organizes all volunteers interested in joining a fantastic team of enthusiastic individuals who LOVE the theatre – whether it be ticket taking, ushering, concessions or helping out in any capacity… contact her at to add your name to the volunteer email list!

Tara Polhemus


Burning Coal Credits include: 1960, Prisoner’s Dilemma, Elegies; An Oakwood Play, Lightning Rocks, Inherit the Wind. Other Credits include: Tommy, High School Musical II, Joseph & the Amazing Tech Dreamcoat and the Nutcracker for Carolina Ballet. Recent film credit as lead in Jesus/Maria, a 2009 short film. Read More »

Ashley Quinones


has been a member of Burning Coal Theatre Company for 2 years, appearing as Tunu in Pentecost, Hermia in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Ophelia in Hamlet, and Viola in Twelfth Night. She has also worked as an ASM for their production of Inherit the Wind, Assistant Costumer for The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Read More »

Yolanda Rabun


For Burning Coal: Crowns (Mabel), Twelfth Night (Feste) 2008-2009 Burning Coal Theatre Company Member; North Carolina Theatre: Dreamgirls (Joanne), Ragtime (Sarah’s Friend), Big River (Alice); Hot Summer Nights: Personals (Woman Two); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Charlaine/Nell); Playmakers Repertory: Violet (Lula); Read More »

Emily Ranii


For Burning Coal: Brigadoon, Much Ado About Nothing, The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Emily teaches for Boston University CFA School of Theatre and School of Music Opera Institute and is the Academic Program Head of the Boston University Summer Theatre Institute (BUSTI).  She will direct Tongue of a Bird for New Repertory Theatre Srping 2014.  Emily served as Artistic Director of ArtsCenter Stage in Carrboro, North Carolina from 2008-2010, where she directed Eurydice, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, and 10 By 10.  Emily has directed 9 Parts of Desire for Playmakers Repertory Company PRC2, The Body Project for Cornell University (Alumni Guest Director), and Proof for Temple Theatre. She has studied with theatre artists at The Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center’s LCT3, Huntington Theatre Company, A.R.T. Institute, and The Actors’ Gang. Emily holds a B.A. from Cornell University (Theatre Arts and English) as well as an M.F.A. (Directing) and Certificate (Arts Administration) from Boston University.

Kendall Rileigh


For Burning Coal: Julius Caesar, The Dead, All the King’s Men (PSM), Marginalia reading (playwright). National Tours: Great Expectations, Charlotte’s Web. NYC: Three Sisters, The Tempest, A Piece of My Heart, The Melting Pot, Spartacus, etc. Regional: Romeo & Juliet, The Seagull, The Lonesome West, The Miss Firecracker Contest, Women’s Minyan, etc. Read More »

Angela Santucci


holds a BA in Vocal Performance from Northern Arizona University, where she studied under Paul Kiesgen. She has performed with the North Carolina Master Chorale, the Austin Chamber Music Center, the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Capitol Opera and City Ballet. She is currently a voice and theatre instructor at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh. Read More »

Shaun Schneider


For Burning Coal: The Prisoner’s Dilemma, Inherit the Wind, Oakwood: Generations.  For Temple Theatre: Romeo and Juliet.  For Raleigh Little Theater: Peter Pan.  For Steinbrenner Performing Arts: 12 Angry Men, An Evening with Thornton Wilder, Gnit.  Chapel Hill/ Carrboro credits include, for PlayMaker’s Summer Youth Conservatory: Sweeney Todd, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Drood, The Music Man, Oliver!; for the ArtsCenter: A Child’s Christmas in Wales.  

Shaun is the inaugural Huffington Scholar at Culver Academies and is in his senior year; he plays Varsity baseball, serves as the Regimental Aide to Administration and is the recruiter for Culver’s Model UN organization. Shaun enjoys snow skiing and chess.

Al Singer





has been active in Triangle theatre productions for 20 years as an actor, director, sound designer and producer for 2nd Avenue South Theatre Company, affiliated with the Raleigh Cary Jewish Community Center. Al has been a Burning Coal member since 2006 and has appeared in 1776, Pentecost, 1960, Midsummer Nights Dream, Hamlet and Inherit the Wind.

C. Delton Streeter


is ecstatic to join the Burning Coal Theatre Company! Originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina; Delton currently lives in Durham. He has been seen in the BCT productions of: Crowns, KidsWrite 2008, Twelfth Night, KidsWrite 2009.
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Past Productions & Events

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