Red Mountain Theatre Company Executive Director Keith Cromwell has a 25-year directing and performing career that includes numerous awards and involvement with the Actors’ Equity Association, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, American Guild of Variety Artists, and Screen Actors Guild. As he heads into his tenth anniversary as RMTC’s Executive Director, Keith is proud to have brought the organization into a position as a lead producer of Broadway’s The Bridges of Madison County in 2014.
A National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) Board member, Keith has served on both the New Works Selection Committee and the 2011 Spring Conference Committee. He has participated on the Granting Review Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Visiting Allocation Teams for United Way. Locally, he has served on the Granting Review Board for the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Leadership Birmingham (Class ’07, Co-Chair ’10), Leadership Alabama (Class ’10), the Cultural Arts Committee for Birmingham City Schools, and Youth Leadership Forum (Co-Chair ’09-’10). In 2013, he was chosen as the Vice-Chair of the Arts Committee of Birmingham Southern College’s Norton Board. Keith was also named a Birmingham Business Journal‘s CEO Awards finalist and voted one of “365 People You Should Know in Birmingham” (Birmingham Magazine). Keith’s RMTC directing and choreography credits to date include Once on This Island, Gypsy, Annie, Footloose, and Grease. In addition, Keith is involved in numerous Cabaret productions each year, which have included the acclaimed Smokey Joe’s Cafe.
Keith has been active in enhancing a collaborative atmosphere in the arts community in Birmingham. In 2004, RMTC participated in an historic collaboration with the Alabama Symphony and Alabama Ballet in presenting Carousel (which led to a continued partnership with the Alabama Symphony in the October 2005 performance of Annie Get Your Gun and the September 2006 concert version of The Music Man). With Keith’s support, RMTC has implemented educational arts curricula in the Birmingham school district through its Education and Outreach program. In conjunction with Partners in Education and the Birmingham City Schools, RMTC members now provide workshops and performances to local school groups throughout the year. Prior to his coming to Birmingham, Keith’s career includes being the Associate Director and Choreographer for the Off-Broadway show Pete-N-Keely, which featured Phyllis Diller, Jo Anne Worley and Charo. Keith has also served as Show Supervisor and Associate Choreographer for the Off-Broadway production of Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly!, which won the Drama Desk, Obie, Outer Critics Circle and American Theatre Wing awards. He then went on to recreate the show in Los Angeles, where he won the Backstage West Garland Award and was nominated for Ovation and Drama Critics Circle awards for Best Choreography. His production of Cabaret at Trinity University won seven Alamo Arts Council Awards, including Best Musical.
Other critically acclaimed director roles include Damn Yankees, performed at the historic 13,000-seat Muny, America’s oldest and largest outdoor theatre. In addition to these remarkable accomplishments, Keith has performed as a cast member in countless well-known productions like the First Broadway National Tour’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, starring Donny Osmond and Sam Harris, La Cage Aux Folles, the off-Broadway hit Howard Crabtree’s Whoop-Dee-Doo! and the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. He is also included in the original cast recordings of Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly! and Whoop-Dee-Doo!
Outside of acting, Keith has been involved in numerous philanthropic activities, such as assisting the Actors’ Equity Association in raising a record amount of money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the nation’s leading industry based, non-profit AIDS fundraising and grants organization.