Meredith Bartmon

Meredith Bartmon

Meredith Bartmon is a Florida based dramaturg and actor.

I am currently the Dramaturgy and Casting Apprentice at Asolo Rep in Sarasota, Fl. I aim to hone my skill as a production and development dramaturg and develop my ability as a Literary Manager so I can better serve the storytelling moving forward in my career.

I've also taken on the position of LMDA VP for Florida. My...
Meredith Bartmon is a Florida based dramaturg and actor.

I am currently the Dramaturgy and Casting Apprentice at Asolo Rep in Sarasota, Fl. I aim to hone my skill as a production and development dramaturg and develop my ability as a Literary Manager so I can better serve the storytelling moving forward in my career.

I've also taken on the position of LMDA VP for Florida. My primary goal in this position is to develop the nueral network of new play develoment and literary work in Florida in order to establish Florida as a primary incubator for the new American canon and make more space for dramaturgy work in professional theatre in the state.

Previous dramaturgy credits include Zoetic Stage's inaugural Finstrom Festival of New Work in Miami, Urbanite Theatre's Modern Works Festival in Sarasota, Mad Cow Theatre's Women's Voices Festival in Orlando, the Playwright's Development Program in Miami, FIU's The Greenhouse, FAU Theatre Lab's New Works Festival in Boca Raton, a world premiere production at Perseverance Theatre in Alaska, the New Year/New Play Festival and Young Playwrights Festival at Palm Beach Dramaworks (West Palm Beach), and the Young Playwrights Festival at Florida Stage (Manalapan).

Recently, I've been working with playwright Tamara Kissane on a new musical in development. I have also provided freelance dramaturgical feedback for various scripts in development, worked with digital new play development initiatives across the state of Florida as well as volunteered for fundraisers. I'm committed to being a conduit for stories around climate change, society and community, and compelling storytellers. It is the responsibility of the dramaturg to use our skills to build empathy, be curious, create connections and notice.

I'm a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America, Actors Equity Association, and UK Equity. I obtained an MA in Acting from East 15 Acting School in London and a BFA in Music Theatre from New World School of the Arts in Miami. I participated in the American Theatre Wing’s college-to-career intensive, SpringboardNYC, in Manhattan in the summer of 2008.

All recommendations on this page are plays for which I have provided dramaturgy. I hope you will better understand my voice and aesthetic as a dramaturg while reading these recs (and I hope you will also read these plays.) I went into the pandemic with the goals to make space for marginalized voices and gain agency over the kind of stories I wanted to see exist. As the upheaval continues my goals find new pathways like: challenging the boundaries of 'the rules' of theatre making forms; telling stories of our time for the sake of contemporary artists and audiences and the ones who come after; investigating the new conceptualization of global and local; calling in gatekeepers to lay down their gates; interrogating authenticity and activating advocacy; maintaining steady forward pressure on the urge to snap back; and...

My big pipe dream goal (putting it into the universe) is script development at Pixar.

Recommended by Meredith Bartmon

  • THE EQUIVALENT OF SENSATION, full-length play for 5 Women
    24 Oct. 2022
    In this vibrant portrait, the art collector becomes a curator of the blooming color of Etta Cone's inner life. Rose explores Etta’s permanent state of urgent becoming and challenges ideas of patriarchy through bodily freedom. Rose's Cone sisters didn’t put their art on a pedestal to never be touched – they use it, they wear it, they drape themselves in it. A woman is also more than something to be marveled at. Rose's characters are sensual beings. They do not break easily and ‘if it breaks, it breaks.” Better to break by living than to die on a pedestal.
  • Rough Assembly
    24 Oct. 2022
    The atmosphere of this character driven drama surrounding the release of Robert Altman's film Nashville reminds me of some of Sam Shepard's plays which put American culture in the 70s under a lens. Independent, ambitious and grand Pauline and Bob are wonderfully unlikable but you still root for them because they feel like underdogs in this vivid rendering of 1975 NYC and Hollywood. I find the generational relationship between mother and daughter an especially vibrant and resonant aspect of the play. Their climactic fight is full of emotionally impactful and insightful family trauma.
  • THIS IS A MORTALITY PLAY SET IN AN OFFICE DEPOT
    12 May. 2021
    If you love absurdist comedy then this wonderfully alive play about death and retail might be for you. If you've ever been a millennial, loved a millennial or had a millennial provide you with customer service then this play might be for you. This story flirts with the big themes that haunt young people across all possible universes and then centers the gloriously mundane humanity at the center of those existential crises we've all been trudging through. I think you will fall in love with Adrien, Karlee and Tina, even though Tina is a little bit scary. 10/10 would recommend.
  • Thunderclap
    12 May. 2021
    The 19th Amendment was a Thunderclap - one of the biggest democratizing events in US history. But now our Democracy hangs by a thread. This wonderfully theatrical, super funny short play explores how different generations of women grapple with the responsibility of civic engagement. Mom Rachel wants to build on the equity won by suffragists while teenager Alice believes voting is an illusion of power weaponized to comfort society into believing we live in a representative democracy and the only way to respond is to disengage. Between Gen X and Gen Z, American democracy hangs in the balance. 
  • Two Minutes After Dawn
    14 Oct. 2020
    Every time I interact with this exquisitely crafted play, I find something more deeply resonant. Coleman explores family and memory, big dreams and small rooms, exhaustion and ambition, and fear and love in a way that will meet any audience where they’re at. The characters and relationships are infinitely recognizable - whether it’s the rituals of a mother and daughter as child becomes parent, the uncanny instinct siblings have to press buttons, or the slow toxic divergence of husband and wife. Otherworldly and grounded, timeless and timely, haunting and enlightening - I highly recommend this play.