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Keen Company creates theater that provokes identification, reflection, and emotional connection. In intimate productions of plays and musicals, the company tells stories in which people strive to live with integrity.
Through two mainstage productions each season, we champion narratives about characters doing their best in a chaotic world. Through our educational arm, Keen Teens, we raise the quality of plays written for the high school stage by commissioning new work from accomplished professional playwrights and providing a free professional training program for teens. Through our new work initiative, Keen Playwrights Lab, we bring together three American playwrights in mid-career to develop new work and facilitate that work's exposure to a greater audience.
In all of our endeavors, we produce stories about the decisive moments in life that change us. No matter the form, revival, new work, or musical, we believe that the most powerful stories are told simply. We tell stories about integrity, striving to do your best and make connections, and we uphold that same mission backstage. It is important to our company, and our work, that everyone feels safe, valued, and inspired to do their best.
Keen has been honored with eleven Drama Desk Nominations and two Drama Desk Awards, three Drama League Nominations, and one Obie Award. Keen has also proudly received an Obie Grant, The American Theater Wing’s National Theater Company Grant, and support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Four of Keen Company's productions have transferred to other theaters in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and even Ireland. Three of Keen Company's productions have been immortalized as part of the New York Public Library for Performing Arts' Theatre on Film Archive.
BOY by Anna Zeigler, which Keen premiered in our 2015-2016 Season, was nominated for the Outer Critic's Circle John Gassner Award for new American play. Keen Company's TICK, TICK...BOOM! by Jonathan Larson from the 2016-2017 Season was nominated for the Drama Desk Awards' Outstanding Revival of a Musical. ORDINARY DAYS by Adam Gwon, in Keen’s 2018-2019 Season, was nominated for the Drama League Award for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical.