Campaign for CS

THE VISION

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.

A New Head Theater & Lobby

A new lobby, plus a truly flexible seating plan with sight lines and comfort in mind.


Education: A Home Base

Every year our goals and ambitions are greater than our available resources.

The Artistic Vision Fund

We aim to serve our community through great art and artistic innovation.

A New 99-Seat Theater

This small, intimate space will be where the biggest innovations occur.

Protecting the Investment

Financial stability has long been a hallmark of Center Stage and remains an institutional priority.

COMMUNITY

Voices of the Center Stage Community

ACTOR

ACTOR

Susan Rome

I can't imagine Baltimore without it. I can't imagine the American theater without Center Stage.

    EDUCATOR

    EDUCATOR

    Jerome Banks-Bey

    I credit Center Stage with having one of the most significant impacts on my life.

      BOARD MEMBERS

      BOARD MEMBERS

      Mariana & Donald Thoms

      Opening Night is still one of the most looked-forward to things we do together.

        BROADCASTER

        BROADCASTER

        Tom Hall

        Center Stage is a great place where art and excellence are wed.

          TEACHER

          TEACHER

          Marianne Angelella

          I love the connection that Center Stage, this great arts organization, has with our community.

            STUDENT

            STUDENT

            Conal Nealis

            There’s a lot of adrenaline going and I feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to do.

              VOLUNTEER

              VOLUNTEER

              Winona Caesar

              Center Stage fills a niche that doesn’t get filled at other theaters. As a volunteer I notice the diversity of the audience.

                STUDENT

                STUDENT

                Anu Jinadu

                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

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                  410.986.4000

                  pwissman@centerstage.org

                  700 North Calvert Street | Baltimore, Maryland 21202