Meredith Bartmon

Meredith Bartmon

Meredith Bartmon is a South Florida based actress and dramaturg.

My dramaturgy has been utilized most recently by Urbanite Theatre in Sarasota for their Modern Works Festival.* Previous dramaturgy credits include Mad Cow Theatre's Women's Voices Festival in Orlando, the Playwright's Development Program Miami, FIU's The Greenhouse, FAU Theatre Lab New Works Festival in Boca...
Meredith Bartmon is a South Florida based actress and dramaturg.

My dramaturgy has been utilized most recently by Urbanite Theatre in Sarasota for their Modern Works Festival.* Previous dramaturgy credits include Mad Cow Theatre's Women's Voices Festival in Orlando, the Playwright's Development Program Miami, FIU's The Greenhouse, FAU Theatre Lab 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), Young Playwrights Festival at Florida Stage (Manalapan), and various freelance clients.

*Due to Covid-19, a number of productions for which I provided, or was about to provide, dramaturgy have been postponed. Since the shutdown, I've provided freelance dramaturgical feedback for various scripts in development, worked with digital new play development initiatives across the state as well as volunteered for fundraisers. I'm committed to equity, inclusion and justice in the theatre and beyond. It is the responsibility of the dramaturg to use our skills to build empathy, create connections and serve vital voices.

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 while you're there I hope you will also read those plays.) I went into the pandemic with a goal to make space and gain agency over the kind of stories I wanted to tell. As the upheaval clears my goals include: challenging the boundaries of 'the rules' of new theatre making; telling stories of our time for the sake of artists and audiences and the ones who come after; blurring the boundaries between global and local; calling in gatekeepers to lay down their gates; maintaining steady forward pressure on the urge to snap back; and...

Recommended by Meredith Bartmon

  • 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.
  • ADRIFT
    28 Aug. 2020
    Adrift has a wonderful pair of relatable characters in a hilariously extreme situation. I'm totally rooting for the two misfits throughout. The dialogue is well paced, the high stakes world around them is crystal clear, and Donna has a lot of fun upending gender stereotypes as well. This piece has so much opportunity for physical comedy gold as well as really poignant human interaction. I would highly recommend it for any short play program.
  • Vegan-tarian
    28 Aug. 2020
    The only thing more fun than watching this play is watching it a second time. The final reveal made my jaw drop in delighted horror on first viewing while the second time revealed all the wonderful bread crumbs that Brian uses to set up the world of the play. I'm really drawn to the absurd world he has imagined. The dialogue (and stage directions) are so juicy for the actors to sink their teeth into and will be such a great ride for the audience. I would recommend this to any short play program.