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)

Burning Coal was in attendance at the regional auditions at Sonorous Road on Saturday, April 28th, 2018.  If you auditioned then, you do not need to audition again.

If you have auditioned for Burning Coal in the last three years (since 2015), you do not need to audition again, but do please mail us an updated picture/resume if you have one, to Burning Coal Theatre, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC 27604.

If you are new to the area, or have not auditioned for Burning Coal in the last three years, please email a copy of your picture/resume.  If we believe there is an appropriate role for you during the season, we will call you in for an audition.

The season will include STUFF HAPPENS by David Hare, THE WEIR by Conor McPherson, ASHE IN JOHANNESBURG by Hannah Benitez (world premiere) and THE GREAT CELESTIAL COW by Sue Townsend. 

Burning Coal works with both Equity and non-Equity actors of all ages, genders, races and experience levels.

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

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.”

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

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

2019 Dublin Tour photo

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 »

Burning Coal Gala 2019: One Brief Shining Moment


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 Spring
Georgia & Alec Donaldson

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

Tickets go on sale in early 2019.  Information:  919.834.4001.

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. 

Bryan Pridgen Headshot


Past Productions & Events

The following shows/events have passed.


DARK VANILLA JUNGLE at the Camden Fringe Festival

Dark Vanilla Jungle

(Photo by Tiphaine Betscher)


Burning Coal Theatre at the Camden Fringe Festival – August 10 – 14, 2016
Cockpit Theatre, London, England

Burning Coal Theatre Company of Raleigh, North Carolina returns to the Cockpit with Philip Ridley’s brutal 70 minute “Dark Vanilla Jungle”.  

A scalding play about a young woman trying to come to terms with a terrible breach of trust.

In November, 2014, Burning Coal brought over David Edgar’s roaring Iron Curtain Trilogy (4-stars, Michael Billington, Guardian).

The company returns with Philip Ridley’s quietly devastating masterpiece.

Wednesday 10th to Saturday 13th August – 9:00pm
Sunday 14th August – 8:30pm

All Tickets: £10 at


How We Got Here: 20th Anniversary Lobby Lecture Series

6:00 pm, October 15th, 2016

Ticket holders for any production of Skylight are invited free of charge

Reserve your tickets here call 919-834-4001

Burning Coal Theatre Company celebrates 20 years with a panel discussion featuring  three community leaders and long-time company supporters (Simmie Kastner, Greg Paul, Alec Donaldson). Together, they will explore the company’s origins, early history and relationship to our current location at the Murphey School, the first Raleigh school to be integrated.  The conversation will highlight connections between our past achievements and vision moving forward.

We invite all of our old flames to reminisce about our shared achievements, and welcome newcomers into the Burning Coal Theatre Company family. Join us on Oct. 15th! Read More »