Mark A. Rhea

Co-Founder, Producing Artistic Director, Artistic Chair, Company Member

Mark A. Rhea is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of The Keegan Theatre. Over the past 20-plus 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 fifty 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 company’s inaugural production in the newly renovated theater.  Other directing highlights include Next to Normal (Five Helen Hayes Nominations and three Helen Hayes Awards, including for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Resident Musical), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Hair (Four Helen Hayes Nominations, including Outstanding Resident 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 ManchaTranslations (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 LeenaneThe 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).