Explore. Dream. Discover.

See Productions for details

Explore a Great Playwright Each Season

See Productions for details

Discover Our Namesake & Durham's Founding Father

See Events for details

Upcoming Productions/Audition Notices

Find out more about the season ahead!

Special Events

Food. Drinks. Fun. Check out what we're planning next.

Get Involved

We want YOU! Volunteer, audition, design.

Support Us

Make an impact and donate today!

Discover Bartlett Theater

Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something beautiful, or to discover something that is true. - William Inge

Why Bartlett Theater?

With the goal of becoming a regional theatre presence in Durham, North Carolina, Bartlett Theater dedicates itself to exploring and presenting the creative world of one playwright each season.  Bartlett Theater will produce bold works that challenge and empower its audience by finding the powerful connections between the words and stories of modern playwrights and the contemporary playwrights they inspired.

Bartlett Theater’s inaugural production of  Tennessee Williams’ THE GLASS MENAGERIE will set a powerful precedent: an accessible American Classic that still packs an emotional punch. A drama of great tenderness, charm and beauty, THE GLASS MENAGERIE is one of the most famous plays of the modern theatre.

The goal for future seasons is to mine the life work of a playwright like Williams’ for its richest, most engaging themes and stories and then connect, compare and contrast those elements with what can be found in the works of contemporary playwrights.

Bartlett Theater is recognized as an incorporated, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible. We work with a mixture of AEA and non-Equity actors.

Who We Are

As the only theater in the Southeast, and one of just a few nationwide, with an immersive focus on one playwright a season, Bartlett Theater will produce bold works that challenge and empower its audience. We are excited to be located in Durham, a vibrant cultural center. Learn more about who we are and join us as we grow!