Through a transformational investment in the theater’s building, educational programming, and artistic initiatives, Center Stage will fulfill its mission to be the best possible theatrical hub for our community—serving the people of Baltimore and beyond through education, audience engagement, main stage work, new plays, and digital initiatives.
Center Stage consistently presents a variety of art from a wide range of artists to increasingly diverse audiences. From in-school programs to the most daring new productions, Center Stage will continue to meet audiences where they are, standing with doors wide open as The State Theater of Maryland.
Imagine a Center Stage that, like its artistic programming, embraces both the old and the new; that structurally reflects the building’s rich history while providing state-of-the-art patron services and uniquely modern architectural elements. Center Stage has partnered with Baltimore architectural firm Cho Benn Holback + Associates and internationally acclaimed theater designers Charcoalblue to create just that.
The Peter Culman Plaza
Our historic iron gates will display a tribute to former Managing Director Peter Culman.
FIRST FLOOR ATRIUM
The dramatically redesigned lobby will feature a new box office, cafe, and lounge areas.
The Sherman Cafe & Bar
An environment that juxtaposes the old and the new, and a welcoming space for our patrons.
For over 50 years, Center Stage has been right at the heart of Baltimore. An early pioneer, it was one of the first theaters in America to insist that great professional theater could be of and for cities just like ours. And during the last five decades—through thousands of performances, endless community programs, and countless smiles, laughs, and tears—we’ve done just that.
Now, standing on the cusp of the next 50 years, we have the opportunity to act. To put in place a plan that will strengthen and secure Center Stage’s position as a theatrical hub for our community and audiences in Maryland and beyond. A beautiful re-imagining of a historic landmark, a bold artistic vision, and a sustainable financial future are what The Campaign for Center Stage is all about. It can’t happen without you.
I can't imagine Baltimore without it. I can't imagine the American theater without Center Stage.
I credit Center Stage with having one of the most significant impacts on my life.
Mariana & Donald Thoms
Opening Night is still one of the most looked-forward to things we do together.
Center Stage is a great place where art and excellence are wed.
I love the connection that Center Stage, this great arts organization, has with our community.
There’s a lot of adrenaline going and I feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to do.
Center Stage fills a niche that doesn’t get filled at other theaters. As a volunteer I notice the diversity of the audience.
It helps me if I am stressed, I can let it out because I am with my Center Stage friends and I feel comfortable.
“Kwame Kwei-Armah is turning up the floodlights on Center Stage.” – The Baltimore Sun
700 North Calvert Street | Baltimore, Maryland 21202