About Key West Arts & Culture
Key West is an island of the arts. From world-class live theater and galleries to South Florida's best in independent cinema, Key West has an unbeatable per capita arts scene. The Florida Keys Council of the Arts is the leading arts and cultural organization in the Florida Keys. As the non-profit local arts agency in Monroe County it connects audiences from around the world to galleries, theaters, museums, festivals, dance, music and more from Key Largo to Key West. FKCA makes grants, supports Art in Public Places, and promotes the destination for its rich and diverse history in art and culture. The Arts Council provides services to visual and performing artists, arts organizations, students and the public, striving to instill a passion for and participation in the arts.
Key West Theater
Key West is home to four theaters showcasing live performances of new and critically-acclaimed works.
The Red Barn Theatre has become a cultural cornerstone for the Key West community while building a national reputation for creating BIG things in a small space. Many well-known and very talented people are a part of the Red Barn’s story. Richard Wilbur, the former U.S. Poet Laureate, worked with the Red Barn to produce his Moliere translations and Shel Silverstein, the gifted children’s writer, gave the Red Barn Theatre carte blanche to produce many of his very grown-up plays. Jimmy Buffett, Philip Burton, Terrence McNally, Jerry Herman, and Tennessee Williams have all made the Red Barn Theatre a part of their cultural experiences in Key West. Key West’s beloved Red Barn Theatre continues to produce regional premieres of vibrant new plays and musicals. Whether premiering new scripts or working with the classics, Red Barn Theatre has spent the last thirty-two years committed to nurturing artistic excellence within the local and national arts community. For more information visit redbarntheatre.com or call (305) 296-9911.
The Waterfront Playhouse has been entertaining Key West audiences for over 70 years. Located in the heart of Key West’s historic Mallory Square, this not-for-profit, professional theater attracts locals and tourists with a wide range of theatrical fare. The Playhouse is an intimate 150-seat theater located steps from Key West’s nightly sunset celebration. The Playhouse utilizes Key West’s rich talent pool of actors, directors and designers, as well as attracting internationally known luminaries including Kelly McGillis, Donna McKechnie, Charles Busch, Terrence McNally, Israel Horowitz and Carl Hiaasen. Recent hit productions at the Playhouse include Lend Me a Tenor, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Doubt; Twelve Angry Men, The Full Monty, Reefer Madness, Regrets Only; The Musical of Musicals; Urinetown, BitchSlap!, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man; Equus and the world premiere of Carl Hiaasen’s Lucky You, as well as many others. For more information visit waterfrontplayhouse.org or call (305) 294-5015.
The Florida Keys are home to over forty galleries and hundreds of visual artists. Because of a nurturing environment, art-focused events and popular weekly gallery tours like the "Walk on White," artists are able to continue the tradition of making Key West a place in which they can work as well as live.