MEREDITH BARTMON (she/her/hers) is a Florida based dramaturg and actor. She's a proud member of Actors Equity Association, UK Equity, and Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. She 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. She recently completed the Literary and Casting Apprenticeship at Asolo Rep in Sarasota, Fl. She is also proud to be the LMDA VP for Florida. Her favorite place in the world to read plays is the bookstore inside the National Theatre London. Yay brutalism! When not making theatre, you can find her crafting, thrifting, watching animated movies, navigating chronic illness, dominating at board games, or snuggling with cat's Riley and Sunny.
MEREDITH's dramaturgy credits include Asolo Rep, Urbanite Theatre, Zoetic Stage, the Playwright Development Program in Miami, Palm Beach Dramaworks, FAU Theatre Lab, FIU's The Greenhouse, and more; as well as many freelance clients.
Multiple artists with whom she's collaborated have praised her expertise in adapting and communicating broad contextual research into accessible content. In her first three years as a professional dramaturg, she's cultivated enduring relationships with half a dozen theatres, on three coasts. She's specialized in new plays, with credit on over 50 works, including full-length & short plays, musicals, and young playwrights. Discovering emotional resonance through intellectual curiosity is her jam.
New Play Exchange Page Link: Dramaturg - Meredith Bartmon
MEREDITH has acted with some of the top theatres in Florida including Gablestage, Palm Beach Dramaworks, FAU Theatre Lab, Mad Cat Theatre, City Theatre, The Wick Theatre, Slow Burn Theatre, and more!
She has been critically praised as an actress and singer. While participating in the American Theatre Wing’s highly selective SpringboardNYC program in Manhattan, David Caparelliotis (Casting Director), called her a “true character woman” and her singing voice has been described as “exquisite” by Miami theatre critic, Christine Dolen. She was nominated for a 2017 Carbonell Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play for The Humans at Gablestage. In December 2016, Meredith was awarded the South Florida Silver Palm Award for Outstanding New Talent.
The First Time I Committed an Act of Dramaturgy: Sitting on the cool marley in the semi-dark Studio NB 3 at East 15 Acting School in London, the MA Acting ensemble is listening intently to group contextual presentations on the world of Sam Shepard. As the only American in the room, I’ve chosen to coin and research a theme in Shepard's work that really resonates with me - Apocalypticism. It has been a long day and I'm the last to present but I insist to my exhausted classmates that it will be worth the extra two minutes. On fast forward, I contrast the popular definition of apocalypse with the classical definition, illustrate the evolution of Shepard’s Mythical American Hero, and explore the contextual importance of contemporary scorched earth American cultural bankruptcy. I finish speaking and the room is silent. Then a clap, and another. One clap builds from the next and soon the whole room has erupted into an ovation. Amongst the applause, my hard-to-impress head-of-course leaps to her feet, stabs the air with her finger, and shouts; “Now, THAT’S how you do actor-centric research!!” I was hooked.
Soul of a Performer: The acting bug bit when I was an eleven year old ballerina in a summer dance camp production of Annie. I played Pepper and my big line was; "You wanna make something out of it!" I've never gotten over it.