An associate professor of theatre at Bowie State University since 2018, Bob Bartlett is the author of numerous plays that have been produced at numerous venues. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in playwriting from Catholic University in Washington.
What’s the most important thing you do in your job?
Well, I’m a teacher. I work every day with undergraduate students, preparing them for a life in the theatre, perhaps as performers or writers or even teachers. I primarily teach writing for the stage and screen, and courses in dramatic literature and play analysis and theory. I’m most excited when working with young writers and introducing them to dramatic writing.
Who was your most significant mentor and what did you learn from that person?
I’ve had so many mentors in many fields and learned from all of them. So much of my writing and teaching practice is culled from writers and teachers with whom I’ve worked and studied. I could point to any number of beliefs about writing and teaching that I’ve borrowed from others.
If you weren’t in this industry, what would you be doing?
If I weren’t teaching at the college level, I’d be content teaching high school theater. I’ve had so many jobs, from bartending to retail to record store owner. When I retire from teaching, I’ll keep writing and working in the professional theatre in some capacity.