Key City Public Theatre (KCPT) plays an important role in the fabric of Jefferson County by consistently producing thought-provoking and visually stunning productions, performed to rapidly growing regional audiences. Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Denise Winter, KCPT has experienced tremendous programmatic success.

KCPT offers:

  • Award-winning performances
  • Year-round events
  • Musicals, concerts, outdoor theater & more.

Since 2010, KCPT has garnered numerous awards and honors for artistic merit including its first Washington State Arts Commission, Humanities WA and National Endowment for the Arts grants and 2010 & 2013 “Best Theater” Awards in the Kitsap Sun Arts & Entertainment Awards. KCPT is “on the move” with:

  • Nearly 15,000 patrons per year served by performances and programs – 30% drawn from outside Jefferson County
  • Over 200 performances, events, classes and workshops annually produced
  • Youth education programs that serve 1,000 area students (ages Kindergarten to post-secondary) each year
  • Over 35 community partners who have directly participated with KCPT in the last eight years
  • During the last four years, KCPT has created more new local jobs in the arts then all other Olympic Peninsula arts organizations combined and has emerged as a major cultural and economic asset in Jefferson County.

KCPT is funded in part by generous grants from private and corporate foundations as well as government agencies including the Port Townsend Arts Commission, but the majority of our support comes from the annual financial contributions of local businesses and individuals like you.  Donate here…


Our Vision

We see KCPT as a vital part of our community that contributes greatly to the quality of life in this region by providing high caliber theatre and enriching cultural experiences. We envision mutually rewarding partnerships with businesses, schools, artists and residents as key to a thriving theatre. We offer theatre that provides opportunities for residents of all ages to be active in creative theatre arts and challenges our thinking to enrich lives and foster dialog. By filling the theatre’s seats we fulfill the essential community need to share stories with one another and contribute to the economic vitality of the region by creating jobs, teaching real world skills and attracting financial support from within and beyond our region.


Our Mission Statement

KCPT fosters artistic expression that entertains, educates and engages our community while developing an accessible and relevant theatre that produces new works, contemporary plays and innovative interpretations of classics that captivate, challenge, and celebrate our audiences and artists.

 Our Values

  • Passion for Excellence that ensures a robust cultural asset for our region producing relevant performances that celebrate and challenge our community’s values.
  • Life Long Participation in the Arts through youth and continuing education programming and community outreach activities that embrace opportunities for emerging and novice artists to learn from experienced, professional artists practicing their craft.
  • Advancing the Art Form by nurturing artistic risk and opportunities for new work development by generative artists and their collaborators.
  • An Accessible Theatre where reasonable ticket pricing, strong community partnerships and diverse programming reduce age, gender, economic and other barriers.
  • Stewardship of Theatre Arts where responsibly managed assets and engaged people whose skills, talents, wisdom and passion for our mission build a healthy future together.

Specific Aims

  1. Artistic Production: Provide performances and programs that significantly enrich the cultural life in our region.
  2. Outreach and Education: Engage in outreach and education to underserved populations and stimulate interest in careers as performing artists.
  3. Patron Development: Expand financial base to create a well-endowed organization.
  4. Sustainability and Stewardship: Develop and sustain an operational infrastructure capable of supporting the theater’s mission and expanded programs.

Key City Public Theatre’s goal is to serve the broadest possible regional audience with artistic programming that is sustained by a healthy theatrical organization.

Key City Public Theatre is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.