Please Bring

If you are called in for an audition, please bring 2 copies of Picture/Resume.  Please attach the resume to the back of the picture and cut it to fit to the size of the picture. 

1 one- minute contemporary monologue (comedic or dramatic)

To sign up, click here! (

Auditions for the 2019/2020 Season at Burning Coal Theatre for both Equity and non-Equity actors of all ages, genders, races, and experience levels will be held on Saturday, April 20th at Burning Coal Theatre (224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC 27604). Timeslots are available from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Please sign up for one slot below!

The season will include THE CONTAINER by Clare Bayley, CAMELOT by Lerner and Loewe, TALLEY’S FOLLY by Lanford Wilson, and SILENT SKY by Lauren Gunderson. Read More »

Non-Discrimination Policy

“Burning Coal Theatre Company steadfastly holds to a policy of complete non-discrimination as it relates to all of its programming and the hiring of its employees.  That policy, which has been in effect for years and will continue to be in effect for so long as our organization exists, may be obtained, in full, by calling 919.834.4001.”

2019 Dublin Theatre Tour

Apr 21 – Apr 28, 2019

2950  Double Occupancy

Deposit of 700.00
Due on December 01, 2018

Remainder of 2250,00
Due on January 31, 2019

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We at Burning Coal Theatre Company are excited to announce that our 2019 Dublin Theatre Tour is GO! 

The tour will take place from April 21st – April 28th, 2019 and will include:

- Air Fare to and from Dublin and RDU
- A chartered bus to and from the hotel and airport 
- A weekly transportation pass 
- A room (double occupancy) in a hotel near city center for 6 nights, including free Wi-Fi and breakfast (with group discussion each morning)
- Tickets to 6 plays in the evenings at theatres such as:
The Abbey Theatre, Gate Theatre, Gaiety Theatre, Rough Magic Theatre, Olympia Theatre and the Bord Gais Theatre

5 additional events during the day, such as:
- A backstage theatre tour (likely at the Abbey Theatre).
- An after show talkback (likely at the Gate Theatre).
- A guided museum tour.
- A guided tour of Christ Church Cathedral.
- A guided tour of Trinity College, featuring the Book of Kells.
- A guided day trip to exciting and beautiful sites outside of Dublin.
- 1 day off for personal exploration of Dublin.

- And last but not least: the legendary Burning Coal Theatre Tour T-Shirt!

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The price for our Dublin Theatre Tour is $2,950.00. 
If you do your own airfare, deduct $700
If you want a single room, add $600 Read More »

SAVE THE DATE! Burning Coal Gala 2019


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The Burning Coal Gala 2019

SAVE THE DATE! – March 16, 2019 from 7 to 9 pm
Cocktail Attire

Greg Paul & Mary Hart Paul

Slee Arnold & Ken Spry
Georgia & Alec Donaldson


Anne & Matt Bullard
Jackson Cooper
Mike Davis & Alice Garland
Gene & Benji Jones
Ken & Mary Lyn Kargman
Liz King & Blaine Gerber
Meredith Nelson & Keith Donahue
Francine & Ralph Roberson
Robert & Connie Shertz
John Sarratt & Cindy Wittmer

Tickets ON SALE NOW.  Click here to purchase.  Information:  919.834.4001.

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Downtown Raleigh Alliance
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Durham Hotel
Syngery Spa
Mark Hewitt Pottery
Poppyseed Market
Petale Florist
Durham Distillery
Wine Feed
Flying Biscuit
Raleigh Wine Shop
The Station
Yellow Dog Cafe
Escazu Chocolate
Raleigh Rum Company
The Pharmacy Cafe
Aviator Brewing Co.
Carolina Brewing Company

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Burning Coal’s Director of Education

Bryan Pridgen holds a B.A. in Acting from Greensboro College where he received the Haley Theatre Scholarship and later received the Nancy Levin and Ernest Borgnine Scholarships as an intern with Barter Theatre.  Bryan is a Co-Founder of Savannah Stage Company, a non-profit professional theatre in Savannah, GA that brings theatrical adaptations of classic literature to life through educational tours and mainstage productions.  He served as Artistic Director of SSC during its inaugural season and was crucial to the creation of their education wing.  As an educator, Bryan has worked for the past five years in public and private schools in NC and GA.  He continues his work in education as a substitute teacher for Wake County Public Schools.  This fall, Bryan will be attending NCSU to obtain his Masters in Elementary Education.  As a theatre artist, Bryan has extensive experience in multiple acting techniques, including Stanislavski, Meisner, Viewpoints, and Suzuki.  Bryan has been directing in professional and educational theatre for the past decade.  He has considerable experience with comedies, musicals, TYA and classical work.  Beyond acting and directing, Bryan is well-versed in voice, movement, playwriting and props design. 

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Burning Coal Cabaret Nights 2020

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Mar 20 – Mar 21, 2020

TICKETS $35 apiece

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Burning Coal’s spring cabaret will feature performances by some of your favorite area stage performers.  Tickets are $35 apiece).  The evening will include a cash bar and an extraordinary evening of performers giving their all in tangy renditions of some of your favorite Broadway showtunes! Read More »

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

William Henry Curry to speak on CAMELOT

William-Henry-Curry-Zirkle-Photo-300x238Burning Coal Theatre Company is proud to welcome William Henry Curry to speak on its production of the classic Lerner & Loewe musical CAMELOT on Sunday, December 15th immediately following the performance of CAMELOT.  Tickets are free to anyone in attendance that afternoon.

WILLIAM HENRY CURRY is a composer, professor and conductor. He is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Durham Symphony. For twenty years, Maestro Curry was the Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director for the North Carolina Symphony. He came to the North Carolina Symphony by way of New Orleans where he served as Resident Conductor of the New Orleans Symphony.  A native of Pittsburgh, he became involved with music through a school program that provided him with free lessons and his chosen instrument, the viola. Eventually Curry became a conducting major at the Oberlin Conservatory and took his first professional position as Assistant Conductor with the Richmond Chamber Orchestra and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (1975-1977). He went on to serve as Resident Conductor both with the Baltimore Symphony (1978-1983) and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (1983-1985) and was the Associate Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (1983-1988).  Maestro Curry is the first and only African-American ever to be Music Director of a symphony orchestra in the southern United States. He has guest conducted many of the world’s greatest orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Maestro Curry was nominated for a Grammy and is the only person who has ever been the unanimous winner of the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Competition at Carnegie Hall.  He was the recipient of the Raleigh Medal of Arts in 2016 for his “extraordinary achievement in the Arts”. William Henry Curry credits his successful career to a great love and respect for music.

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Burning Coal has been invited to bring its production of Gary Owen’s play IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT directed by Jerome Davis and starring Chloe Oliver to the 2019 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington DC July 12, 13, 20 & 21 at the Plum: Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. If you are going to be in DC and want to come support Burning Coal, or if you have friends in DC who would enjoy this play, tickets may be purchased at

WARNING:  Strong Language.

“… a career-best performance…” “… in a tough, thought provoking production.” – Byron Woods, IndyWeek
“Five Stars.  Stunning.” – Ravelle Brickman, DC Metro


Estimated run time: 1 hours.

2019-2020 Season!

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Burning Coal Theatre Company is delighted to announce its 23rd season in Raleigh:







 by Clare Bayley
Directed by Avis HatcherPuzzo
In a collaboration with Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum, Gab Smith, Executive Director
October 10 – 27, 2019
at CAM/Raleigh – 409 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC
Performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:00 and 9 pm
Sundays at 2 and 4 pm
Note:  This production will take place in a shipping container on the grounds of CAM/Raleigh

CAMELOT by Lerner & Loewe
Directed by Jerome Davis
December 5 – 22, 2019
Performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 2 pm

TALLEY’S FOLLY by Lanford Wilson
Directed by John Gulley
The Pulitzer Prize winning comedy/drama from 1980 about two of society’s outcasts who come together in a gazebo in rural Missouri in 1944
January 23 – February 9, 2020
Performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 2 pm

SILENT SKY by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Rebecca Holderness
The true story of Henrietta Leavitt, an early 1900s pioneer in astronomy at a time when a woman wasn’t even allowed to touch a telescope 
April 9 – 26, 2020
Performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 2 pm

It is possible to purchase MAINSTAGE SUBSCRIPTIONS for 3/4s of the season for only $60 apiece.  If you would like to do this, call us at 919.834.4001.

And, for $30 more, you can purchase a Breakfast Club Subscription, which includes all 3 remaining mainstage shows and tickets to all 3 of our summer 2020 Second Stage shows (TBA).  To Subscribe call us at 919.834.4001.

To purchase tickets for individual productions, please click on the individual links above or call 919.834.4001.

Virtual Tour

Click here to take a VIRTUAL TOUR of Burning Coal Theatre!

After viewing, if you are interested in renting our space, give us a ring at 919.834.4001 or email us at


Past Productions & Events

The following shows/events have passed.


Fairest Creatures: The Sonnets of William Shakespeare

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Fairest Creatures:  The Sonnets of William Shakespeare is Raleigh, NC’s annual reading of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets.  Readers of all ages and from all walks of life participate by simply signing up.  Some just read their sonnet; others include such surprises as re-reading in a second language, singing (with or without musical accompaniment), making use of puppets, costumes, and/or props, or partnering with other readers for a bit of theatricality, . . .  
A celebration of Shakespeare’s Birthday (04/23), the event is always scheduled on the nearest Sunday and Monday evenings; we read 1-77 on Sunday and 78-154 on Monday.  Scheduled at 7:00 pm on April 19 & 20, Fairest Creatures 2020 will be our 5th reading.   TICKETS ARE FREE AND AVAILABLE ONLY AT THE DOOR.  For further information, please call 919-271-1801 or click here. Read More »

Four Corners Project

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RALEIGH, NC – With creative spaces at a premium throughout the Triangle, Burning Coal Theatre Company would like to announce the Four Corners Project, which will begin in its 2020/2021 season. This project will make available the Murphey School space for one week, four times a year to creative individuals or companies with innovative and exciting projects.  The projects should be either performance or visual art-related and should not involve a fee for its participants.  The projects do not have to include a performance, though they may, but should be focused on exploring issues around performance or the creation of art. Nothing is too ‘out there’! 

The four weeks that the space will be granted are August 31 – September 6, 2020, September 7 – 13, 2020, November 16 – 22, 2020, and December 28, 2020 – January 3, 2021. To apply, fill out the Google Form found on Burning Coal’s website ( or click here. Submissions are due by March 15, 2020. Selected projects will be announced by the end of the month.

The Waning Hours by Carol Torian

Sep 8, 2019

2 pm on Sunday

Murphey School Auditorium

Written by Carol Torian

Directed by Terra Hodge

Coproduced by Sips & Scripts

Free with suggested $5 donation at the door

The Waning Hours imageBurning Coal Theatre’s New Works series (The Coal Mines) joins forces with Sips & Scripts to jointly present a staged reading of “The Waning Hours”, written By Triangle based playwright, Carol Torian and directed by Terra Hodge (“Caroline, Or Change”).  This new play features an all-African American cast and tells the story of Lorna Bray Tucker, a former singer and amateur photographer who is losing her grip on reality as her Alzheimer’s disease worsens.

Estimated run time: 1.75 hours.