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Raleigh - Burning Coal Theatre Company

224 Polk Street

Mission :

Burning Coal is a small professional theatre company and an incorporated, non-profit [501 (c) (3)] organization.  We work with a mixture of AEA and non-Equity actors.  We have a loose company, but cast regularly beyond the company.

Burning Coal is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the national organization of non-profit professional theatres and the North Carolina Theatre Conference, a state-wide consortium of theatres of all sizes and types. 

What do we do at Burning Coal?

Produce literate, visceral, affecting theatre that is experienced, not simply seen.

We emphasize  works that are felt and experienced viscerally, unlike more traditional, linear plays where audiences are most often asked to observe without participating. Using the best local, national and international artists available, we produce explosive re-examinations of overlooked classics, modern and contemporary plays that address issues and themes poignant   in our community. With this in mind, we strive to achieve high-energy performances with minimalist  production values. Race and gender non-specific casting is an integral component of our perspective, as well as an international viewpoint.

Where did we get the name Burning Coal?

From the New Testament, Romans 12:20: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by doing so you will heap burning coals upon his head.” We are interested in the idea of affecting change through theater. We also like the metaphor and imagery that ‘burning coals’ suggest: gritty, yet warm; hard work; forward movement.


Pam Cardozo

Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
This was my first time attending a production at Burning Coal. The facility and the theater are fabulous and very intimate. The play The Normal Heart was exceptional. Highly recommend that if you enjoy straight theater this would be a membership and subscription to enjoy.

Judith Holly

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
Nice center stage setup. Don't be late everyone will see you if the balcony isn't available. There's ample parking

Jazz Vampire

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
We saw a longleaf School of the Arts show here and it was some of the best Theater we've seen.

Hillary Varner

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
Incredible performances. A Normal Heart blew me away.

Frank Alexander

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Great black box layout. The theater group this summer was made up of high school student performing Romeo and Juliet. What an awesome job these young performers did. Congrats to them all.

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