Artistic Director

Tom Key is dedicated to the Theatrical Art Form as a catalyst to creating community. He has served as Artistic Director of Theatrical Outfit since 1995 where his drive to tell “Stories That Stir The Soul” in the heart of downtown with the best artists of the city has developed the company into one of Atlanta’s major performing arts institutions.   At Theatrical Outfit, notable directing credits include Big Fish, Aurora/TO co-production of Memphis (Suzi Nominee), Horton Foote’s Dividing the Estate (ArtsATL “Best Production of the 2013-2014 Season), Hank Williams Lost Highway, Godspell (Suzi Nominee), his adaptation of Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer, Cecil Dawkins’ adaptation of Flannery O’Connor’s The Displaced Person and Athol Fugard’s Master Harold and the Boys.   

As an actor, he has appeared in over a 100 productions from off Broadway to Los Angeles and is one of Atlanta’s most celebrated performing artists.  Notable performances include: Theatrical Outfit (The Dancing Handkerchief, Buckminster Fuller: The Mystery and History of the Universe, Red Suzi Nominee, Young Man From Atlanta Suzi Nominee, Big River Suzi Winner), Alliance Theater (Art, Grapes of Wrath, Candide, Our Town, A Christmas Carol), The Atlanta Ballet (Peter and the Wolf), The Atlanta Opera (The Abduction from the Seraglio) The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (The Defiant Requiem and Beethoven’s Egmont), and Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theater and Arena Stage in Washington DC (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner).

He has performed his solo dramatization, C.S. Lewis On Stage, across North America including residencies at Harvard and Yale Universities as well as Oxford University of England.  His off-Broadway musical hit, Cotton Patch Gospel, which he created, co-authored with the late Harry Chapin, and starred in nationally continues to be one of the most celebrated and produced musicals in the Dramatic Publishing catalogue.

He has received The Governor’s Award in the Humanities; the Georgia Arts and Entertainment Legacy Award, Two Dramalogue Awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Theater and two Mayoral proclamations for his service to the city of Atlanta.  The Atlanta Creative Loafing describes Tom Key as: “An actor with such energy that even standing still, he seems to quiver like a divining rod.”


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