ATLANTA: Tom Key, artistic director of Theatrical Outfit, has announced that he will retire in June 2020. He’s led the theatre since 1995. The theatre’s board has launched a nationwide search for his successor, which they aim to have in place by the fall.
“When I joined Theatrical Outfit in 1995, I had dreams of what could be achieved, and now, working over the years with our artists, staff, trustees, donors and audience, I am happy to report that my highest expectations have been greatly exceeded,” said Key in a statement. “Theatrical Outfit will always be my ‘artistic home,’ and I feel sure that now is the time for fresh leadership to take it to new heights and for me to devote my remaining time to my love of acting, directing, and writing.”
Since he arrived, Key led the company through the creation of its home, the Balzer Theater. Key was also a director and an actor, appearing in more than 100 productions nationwide. In addition, Key created, starred in, and co-authored with Russell Treyz and the late Harry Chapin the Off-Broadway musical hit Cotton Patch Gospel. He is the recipient of the Governor’s Award in the Humanities, the Georgia Arts and Entertainment Legacy Award, Two Dramalogue Awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Theatre, and two mayoral proclamations for his service to the City of Atlanta.
Theatrical Outfit is Atlanta’s second-oldest continuously operating professional theatre. It was founded in 1976 and it programs a mix of classics and new plays, with themes that explore diversity, equality, and faith.