we're on the subject of screaming superlatives, is there anything
Tom Key can't do on a stage?" Dan Hulbert, Atlanta
Tom Key is dedicated to the Theatrical Art Form as a catalyst to creating community. He has served as Executive 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.
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: Alliance Theater (Art, Grapes of Wrath, Candide, Our Town, A Christmas Carol), The Atlanta Ballet (Peter and the Wolf), The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (The Defiant Requiem and Beethoven’s Egmont), Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theater and Arena Stage in Washington DC (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner) and Theatrical Outfit (Big River Suzi Winner, Young Man From Atlanta Suzi Nominee, Red Suzi Nominee).
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. At Theatrical Outfit, he has directed Athol Fugard’s Master Harold and the Boys, Hank Williams Lost Highway, Godspell (Suzi Nominee), his adaptation of Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer, Flannery O’Connor’s The Displaced Person and Horton Foote’s The Chase and Dividing the Estate. 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. Recently he has adapted John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces in a highly successful world premiere at Theatrical Outfit.
He has been featured in the award winning television series In the Heat of the Night, I’ll Fly Away and Lifetime’s remake of Kenny Leon’s Steel Magnolias as well as the Mirimax Family Films Gordy and The Adventures of Ociee Nash, the upcoming Stephen King movie, Cell and the online Whitestone Vimeo Short Film Tiny Little Words.
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. His work has earned critical praise from The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Boston Herald, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution. 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.”