In 1978, Center Stage was named the State Theater of Maryland (Chapter 1003, Acts of 1978; Code General Provisions Article, sec. 7-319(a)). The Theater was renamed Baltimore Center Stage in 2017.
Baltimore Center Stage is a nonprofit resident professional theater. (Resident theaters invite artists to perform or design costumes and sets for their productions while living in theater-provided housing for the duration of their performance schedules.) One of approximately 70 resident theaters nationwide, Baltimore Center Stage has an annual operating budget of about $6.7 million and employs some 100 artists and administrators year-round.
Center Stage, 700 North Calvert St., Baltimore, Maryland, 2004. Photo courtesy of Center Stage.
Performances include plays, as well as play labs (staged readings of emerging plays); digital initiatives; and special engagements. The four plays offered for the 2020-2021 season are The Swindlers, A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction, Our Town, and The Garden.
Center Stage, 700 North Calvert St., Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Richard Anderson, courtesy of Center Stage.
As part of a $32 million capital campaign, Baltimore Center Stage underwent a massive $28 million renovation in 2016. The grand reopening was March 3, 2017.
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