Mark A. Rhea

Prod. Artistic Director, Co-Founder, Artistic Chair

Mark A. Rhea is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of The Keegan Theatre. Over the past 20 years, he has steered the theater’s growth from producing out of a small church basement to ownership of the Andrew Keegan Theatre (formerly known as the Church Street Theater) in historic Dupont Circle. Since its founding, Keegan has garnered thirty two Helen Hayes Nominations, three Theatre Lobby Mary Goldwater Awards and the Star Award for Managerial Excellence (Arlington County Commission for the Arts).  Mr. Rhea has directed dozens of productions for Keegan Theatre since its founding.  Highlights include co-directing Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with his wife Susan Marie Rhea.  The production marked the company’s inaugural production in the newly renovated theater.  Other Directing Credits include: Big Fish, Outside Mullingar, The Lonesome West (2017 – Two Helen Hayes Nominations), Next to Normal (2017 – Eight Helen Hayes Nominations and Three Helen Hayes Awards including Outstanding Direction in a Musical and Outstanding Musical), American Idiot (2017 – Five Helen Hayes Nominations including Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Musical), HAIR (2015 – Four Helen Hayes Nominations including Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Musical), The Full Monty (2014 – Three Helen Hayes Nominations including Outstanding Ensemble), The Woman in Black, August: Osage County (2013 – Two Helen Hayes Nominations including Outstanding Ensemble), Spring Awakening (2013 – Five Helen Hayes Nominations including Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Resident Musical), An Irish Carol, The Weir, Steel Magnolias, National Pastime, Noises Off!, A Man of No Importance, RENT (2010 – Five Helen Hayes nominations, including Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Resident Musical), Man of La Mancha, Translations (1997 – Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Director, Resident Play; 2009 – Helen Hayes Nomination for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Play), The Hostage, 1776, Faith Healer, A Streetcar Named Desire, Bold Girls, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Playboy of the Western World, Island of No Land at All, Romeo and Juliet, Precious Lam’, Waiting for the Slow Dance,  Synge with Yeats, The Field, The Notebook of Trigorin, Dancing at Lughnasa (Theatre Lobby Mary Goldwater Award – Outstanding Production).  Mr Rhea has also appeared onstage in several Keegan productions over the past 20 years, most recently seen at Keegan in An American Daughter portraying the role of Walter.  He most recently toured Ireland for Keegan in a production of David Mamet’s American Buffalo portraying the role of Teach.