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Theatrical Outfit (TO) is a 43-year-old professional theatre located in downtown Atlanta. After decades of performing in Virginia Highlands and midtown Atlanta, TO moved downtown in 1999 out of a desire to create art in the heart of our city. In 2005, TO purchased and renovated a building that was previously Herren's Restaurant, creating the Balzer Theater at Herren's. This space is significant to our identity in its downtown location as well as its historic importance: Herren's was the first white restaurant to voluntarily desegregate in 1962, risking backlash in the pursuit of racial equity. During the conversion of the space, TO preserved several pieces of this history, including the original Herren's sign, and made a commitment to environmental responsibility which led to our becoming the first theater in the country to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. These facts are a physical manifestation of our commitment to equity and responsibility within our community.
Since 1995, TO has been under the artistic leadership of Atlanta actor/director Tom Key who has guided the organization to its community-minded mission. TO's programming centers around a season of six productions, with play selection guided by the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and a commitment to include traditionally underrepresented voices. Each play must address or include a topic such as racial equality, gender identity, or socio-economic class that is important to the development of a stronger, more compassionate community.
Additional programming includes “The Unexpected Play Festival,” a jazz series, and community engagement events. TO also offers education programming including SummerStage camps and weekend master classes for youth, as well as an internship program for college students and recent graduates, and an apprenticeship program that is scheduled to launch in August of 2020.