What’s New with Keegan

Our Commitment to Anti-Racism

Horrific recent events have put the harm of systemic racism against black people into sharper focus for so many in our industry and in our society. In response, The Keegan Theatre commits to fostering an anti-racist environment in which artists, patrons, students, and arts advocates from all backgrounds can create and connect without the insidious and debilitating effects of prejudice, discrimination, and marginalization. READ OUR FULL STATEMENT

The Boiler Room Series is Going LIVE!

This summer, we’re adapting the Boiler Room Series to better serve playwrights, artists, and audiences as the global pandemic continues. We’re still featuring our signature mix of new works and unique performances, but now live on the web as part of a series we’re calling BRS LIVE!

BRS LIVE streams 30-60 minute performances live from the theatre, hosted by Drew Anderson, co-writer/performer of Keegan and Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA’s Helen Hayes Award-nominated hit, From Gumbo to Mumbo. Each live stream features new DMV artists performing new or unique works that are inspiring them in this moment. Additionally, driven by an aim to turn art into action, BRS LIVE is donating half of all live stream ticket sales and donations to charities selected by the featured artist. LEARN MORE

A “Return to Good Company” Update

In the short term, we have had to make the very difficult decision to reduce our staff and budget in order to stay fiscally responsible as the COVID-19 crisis continues. We acknowledge extraordinary sacrifices from Keegan staff as we streamline the organization to finish out Phase 1, gear up for Phases 2 through 4, and strategize to be as fiscally healthy as possible when we’re finally able to “Return to Good Company.” As some staff members enter a period of furlough and others face reduced salaries for the foreseeable future, we want to express deep gratitude for their dedication and commitment to Keegan throughout this difficult period. 

In the longer term, we have been reimagining what Keegan programming might look like in 2021. We’re working on a new model for our mainstage, one that is agile, responsive, and safe for artists and audiences, and that will allow us to connect as a community through powerful, inspiring storytelling. While we don’t have a concrete announcement right now, we look forward to unveiling our plans as soon as we’re able. Stay tuned!

Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA’s Virtual Summer Camps in Full Swing

Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA, Keegan’s brand for young people and families, is now in its third week of Virtual Summer Camps, and students are already saying “it feels like real camp!” Camps run until August 28, with a new theme each week, and morning, afternoon, and full day sessions are available for registration. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

We continue to monitor reopening plans and DCPS fall plans but have not yet set a date for in-person programming.

Other Special Announcements

The Keegan Theatre is pleased to announce its acceptance into a pair of highly selective programs, the extended Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, and the 2020-21 class of the Greater Washington Catalogue for Philanthropy. READ THE FULL ANNOUNCEMENT

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT KEEGAN NOW

While we’re working hard to be as responsible as possible during this challenging time, it is worth acknowledging that we will sustain a financial hit. If you’re interested and able, please consider supporting Keegan until we’re able to open again:

We thank you all for your support and understanding, and we hope that you and yours are continuing to stay safe and healthy. Know that your well-being is important to us, and as soon as we’re able, we’ll be here to help you “Return to Good Company” at Keegan.

If you have any questions about Keegan’s plans for the future, our new commitment to anti-racism, our response to the COVID-19 crisis, or how you can help during this time, please feel free to email us at keegantheatre@keegantheatre.com.

Committed to Anti-Racism

We’re committed to fostering an anti-racist environment in which artists, patrons, students, and arts advocates from all backgrounds can create and connect.

Join us for BRS LIVE

This summer, Keegan’s Boiler Room Series will be streaming live performances from our stage — safely and responsibly, of course. Join us!