Thanks for your interest in proposing a performance at The Studios of Key West!

Proposals are accepted year-round, however the deadline to submit proposals for performances happening in the 2022/23 season (September 2022 through May 2023) is May 17, 2022.

Applicants will be notified of their status by August 8, 2022.

Each year, The Studios offers a wide variety of performances in our 200-seat flexible black box Helmerich Theater, which serves as the perfect space for theater productions, intimate concerts, seminars and much more. It is also possible to propose performance events to take place on Hugh’s View, our rooftop terrace, for smaller audiences.

Please note: decisions regarding which theater productions to present at The Studios flow from the organization’s Purpose, Strategies and Values, which emphasize directing resources to artists to create innovative work that strengthens our community. To that end, theater presentations at The Studios must be either new works, or reinterpretations of existing works. Successful proposals will also create a dialog on contemporary themes. Interesting proposals may also incorporate the following elements: 1.) out-of-town artists working alongside local artists, 2.) collaboration with other organizations, 3.) a specific aim to engage new audiences.

To that end, our strong preference is given to proposals for new works, or new works or reinterpretations of existing works.

Performance Proposal Details


  • Brief synopsis or overview of the piece
  • Relevance/importance of the piece, why it wouldn’t necessarily be seen anywhere else in Key West
  • Number of performers/actors involved
  • Number of creative crew members (director, stage managers, set designers, etc) involved
  • Would the crew consist of local creatives, out-of-town talent, or both?
  • An estimate/simple budget of how much the program will cost to produce. (Please consider all aspects of the program, including travel, housing, artist/actor/creative team fees. If you are unable to estimate specific costs, indicate which expense items would need to be covered.)

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