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

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!

Sign Up Today!
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.

Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP
Morningstar Law Group 

Downtown Raleigh Alliance
Triangle Downtowner Magazine

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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. 

Bryan Pridgen Headshot

Iphigenia in Splott















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

Your MAINSTAGE SUBSCRIPTION still only costs $80 apiece (a savings of 20% off full priced tickets).  And, for $30 more, you can purchase a BREAKFAST CLUB SUBSCRIPTION, which includes all 4 of our mainstage shows, tickets to all 3 of our summer 2020 Second Stage shows (TBA) and breakfast with the Artistic Director (catered by the Flying Biscuit!) in October, 2019.  To Subscribe, CLICK HERE or 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

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.


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 »