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Artistic Director

Keegan Theatre

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Keegan Theatre

1742 Church St., N.W.

Washington Dc, District of Columbia 20036

United States

Company Description

The Keegan Theatre rests on a foundation of three core artistic beliefs: that the theatre, as an art form, succeeds only in so far as it presents an honest, pure exploration of the human condition; that American audiences can be profoundly enhanced by the... more

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The Soul of the American Actor / Articles

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When we asked the theatre's Artistic Director Mark Rhea about theater's mission, he told us: "It has meant asking the questions about what shapes us as humans - either as groups or as individuals and what ultimately connects us as a species.

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Mr. Rhea told us: "The Keegan Theatre selects works by playwrights who have captured the poetry and rawness of language - playwrights unafraid to explore the recesses of the human condition.
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Mr. Rhea went on to say: "Choosing a season is one of the most challenging jobs for any Artistic Director.
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Mr. Rhea continued telling us: "It's important for the theatre to also focus on hiring local artists.
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Mr. Rhea told us: "The Keegan Theatre is strongly committed to Irish playwrights.
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Mr. Rhea added: "The amount of time of each tour varies from four to eight weeks. The shows have traveled to Galway, Kilkenny and Cork. When we perform in Ireland it's like being welcomed home, whether it is in the pubs after the show or having technicians pitching in to help us."
Mr. Rhea, who grew up in Texas, has been an actor and director all his life. He began directing productions in Texas before moving to the Washington, D.C. area in the early 1990's, and worked as an actor and director before founding the Keegan Theatre in March of 1996. In high school, he was asked to be in a production, and initially he said declined, but when the director informed him the cast included some young actresses, he joined, and found a love for being in the theater.
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Mr. Rhea went on saying: "The Keegan Theatre is producing large musicals and has a passionate, committed board of directors.


Mark A. Rhea, ...

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Mark A. Rhea, Keegan's founder and producing artistic director, is extremely pleased to be launching family programing at Keegan. "For years, we've wanted to produce shows for younger audiences," he explains, "but space limitations precluded us from doing so.


Mark Rhea, producing artistic ...

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Mark Rhea, producing artistic director for Keegan Theatre, an intimate 114-seat theatre in Dupont, says that the former girl's-school gymnasium where the company performs has never quite been adequate.

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But, Rhea says, "it became very obvious as we started talking about renovating the bathrooms that it was going to take a lot more than just that to make the building a successful venue. Their space had no cast green room or dressing room, no rehearsal space, and little storage. The patron agreed to donate enough to make it all happen--the plan calls for all these things, going from the theatre's current 3,500-square-foot space to over 6,000, making it ADA accessible, and adding a new, glass-clad vestibule.
But Keegan first had to buy the building, at 1742 Church St NW, from their landlord. "We closed June 22, 2013--my birthday," Rhea says. And now the theatre is fundraising to make up the difference--the donor ended up paying for the cost of the building, but renovations will be another $1.5 million.
The "In Good Company' fundraising campaign has typical naming opportunities available (sponsors can purchase the rights to name the lobby, the stage, the elevators, etc--the mezzanine lobby is already spoken for), as well as an unconventional tactic: for $100, patrons can be part of a video installation that will be installed in the lobby and show pictures of fans. And in homage to how the project began, sponsors can even name a toilet. "It's sort of a high-end---well, it's not the highest-end naming opportunity," Rhea says.


Mark Rhea, producing artistic ...

www.elevationdcmedia.com [cached]

Mark Rhea, producing artistic director for Keegan Theatre, an intimate 114-seat theatre in Dupont, says that the former girl's-school gymnasium where the company performs has never quite been adequate.

...
But, Rhea says, "it became very obvious as we started talking about renovating the bathrooms that it was going to take a lot more than just that to make the building a successful venue. Their space had no cast green room or dressing room, no rehearsal space, and little storage. The patron agreed to donate enough to make it all happen--the plan calls for all these things, going from the theatre's current 3,500-square-foot space to over 6,000, making it ADA accessible, and adding a new, glass-clad vestibule.
But Keegan first had to buy the building, at 1742 Church St NW, from their landlord. "We closed June 22, 2013--my birthday," Rhea says. And now the theatre is fundraising to make up the difference--the donor ended up paying for the cost of the building, but renovations will be another $1.5 million.
The "In Good Company' fundraising campaign has typical naming opportunities available (sponsors can purchase the rights to name the lobby, the stage, the elevators, etc--the mezzanine lobby is already spoken for), as well as an unconventional tactic: for $100, patrons can be part of a video installation that will be installed in the lobby and show pictures of fans. And in homage to how the project began, sponsors can even name a toilet. "It's sort of a high-end---well, it's not the highest-end naming opportunity," Rhea says.


The Keegan Theatre | Who We Are

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The Irish heritage of Keegan's Producing Artistic Director, Mark A. Rhea, played a pivotal role in the direction the company has developed, and in the uniquely important niche we have carved out in the Arlington community.

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