Building a “Hidden Gem” in Dupont Circle
The first show ever produced by The Keegan Theatre was Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Church Street Theater in 1996. Guided by the principles of boldness and honesty, the young company presented stories about humanity in an intimate setting, attracting and embracing artists who valued honest storytelling above all and earning overwhelming support and sold-out audiences.
In 2009, the Church Street Theater became Keegan’s official home, making The Keegan Theatre the resident theatre company of Dupont Circle. In 2013, thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor, Keegan purchased the Church Street Theater, renamed it The Andrew Keegan Theatre, and launched the “In Good Company” Capital Campaign to raise the funds needed to modernize the building through a major renovation project. Ground was broken on the project in 2014, and in 2015, The Andrew Keegan Theatre was officially reopened with a vital new production of the play that originally put the company on the map – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. View Production History
Forging a Bond Between Two Rich Cultures
In 1999, as part of a unique vision to bridge theatrical traditions of America and Ireland, The Keegan Theatre toured an American classic, A Streetcar Named Desire, to Ireland. The inaugural tour earned high praise and the tradition continued. Productions have played to enthusiastic audiences from Galway to Letterkenny over 4-8 week tours almost every year since, forging a strong bond between the two rich cultures. View Ireland Tour Productions
The Keegan Theatre Today
Today, The Keegan Theatre is still guided by the principles on which it was founded: powerful productions of classic and modern plays fueled by the highest caliber acting and design, intense personal staging, scripts that put real people out there on the stark edges of life, and a directing approach that respects straightforward storytelling rather than concepts that too often just get in the way. Ever a bold champion of fearless new works, Keegan has produced 17 world premieres, 3 American premieres, and 4 DC-area premieres so far. And, driven by the conviction that American and Irish cultures can be enhanced through their connection, The Keegan Theatre has produced 14 Ireland Tours, bringing American classics to audiences across Ireland. With a respected professional company that’s bound like family, including actors, designers, directors, playwrights, and leadership, Keegan audiences are always surely “in good company.”