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The Tennessee Williams Theatre, located in the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center on the campus of the Florida Keys Community College in Key West, is a modern, multi-use, full-service, professional rental venue available for performances, rehearsals, business or civic meetings, workshops, expos, or catered events.

PERFORMANCE SPACES: The Tennessee Williams Theatre complex offers three different performance spaces. The auditorium has a proscenium stage and seats 480 audience members. The grand foyer offers a flexible seating plan for up to 250 audience members. The outdoor performance space boasts a beautiful water view which can accommodate up to 2,500 audience members.

The auditorium stage is 48' wide. The height is variable, but usually plays between 18' and 20' high. The depth of the stage from the apron to the farthest upstage flyline is 29'. The stage floor is sprung pine covered with Masonite, which is an ideal surface for dancers, and we can provide a marley dance floor when required. The orchestra pit is motorized and can play at stage level or anywhere down to 8'7" below the stage. The wings have a generous 20' width. A Steinway concert grand piano is available for rent in the auditorium.

The grand foyer has a flexible design which can accommodate a stage up to a 20'x20'. This intimate space is ideal for small or medium size performances such as a recital, reading, or a cabaret show. Standard theatre seating accommodates up to 250 people, or opt for bistro seating with small tables and chairs. A Steinway baby grand piano is available for rent in the grand foyer.

The outdoor performance space provides an informal venue for large concerts or festivals. Easy parking, a water view, and extra space for vendors or booths makes this a unique outdoor venue for the Florida Keys. This space is comfortable for audiences between 500 and 2,500.

BACKSTAGE: The space has a counterweight fly system with 39 lines, four of which are designated as electrics. A 20'x 20' front projection screen and rear projection screen are available. Renters may choose from a black velour traveler or a cyc for basic rental requirements. In addition, we offer a white or black scrim, a red velour traveler, a mylar curtain, a gold sheer curtain, a blue turquoise iridescent curtain, a lace curtain, and a black sequin curtain.

LIGHTING & SOUND: The theatre has an ETC express light board with 175 dimmers and 250 channels. There are over 275 lighting instruments, including 4 Trackspots and 4 Martin MX-1 scanners, and two Ultra Arch Titan follow spots. There are also 15 Chroma-Q color scrollers, and a variety of other special effect equipment, including Strobe lights, a Rosco fogger, and a Lemaitre Hazer. Sound is controlled by a 32 channel Soundcraft Spirit 8 console. Playback devices include a Stanton S550 Pro Dual CD player, a Sony MDS-E10 Minidisk recorder, a Sony single disc CD player, and a dual tape deck. There are 32 various types of microphones, including 4 Audio Techinica ATW-R73 wireless hand held mics, and 8 Audio Technica wireless body mics. In addition to the installed speakers in the house, there are 8 monitors available. Additional power can be supplied by either a 400 amp or a 200 amp electrical box located upstage left.

LOADING DOCK: There is a loading dock conveniently located adjacent to the backstage area with doors that are 9 feet high and 11 feet wide. The theatre also has a well equipped scene shop.

DRESSING ROOMS: Located upstage right are two company dressing rooms, which comfortably seat sixteen actors in each and include sinks, showers, and toilets. There is a large chorus room on the second floor which may be available for some events. Also on the premises are laundry facilities including, washer/dryer, steamer, irons and ironing board.

BOX OFFICE: The TW Theatre offers the Keys' only centralized ticketing system — one stop shopping for almost all of your event ticketing needs. Whether tickets are purchased online at www.keystix.com, by phone at 305.296.1520, or at our box office window located at the TW Theatre, you will receive the same great ticketing service. Our box office system sells seats in "real time" assuring patrons have the latest information regarding seating availability and pricing.

CONCESSIONS: Great Events, the island's premiere caterer, provides the concession service for all performance rentals. Their fully-stocked bar makes every evening at the theatre feel like a great event!

RENTAL RATES: The Tennessee Williams Theatre is a great value as a rental venue, with a sliding scale for non-commercial and commercial projects. Please check out our rates on the web or call our executive director at 305-296-1520 ext 2.

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