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700 North Calvert Street

Mission Statement:

Center Stage is an artistically driven institution committed to engaging, educating, and expanding the horizons of diverse audiences through challenging, bold, thought-provoking classical and contemporary theater.

Values central to our mission are:

 - Rigorous pursuit of excellence

 - Courage to take risks

 - Commitment to diversity and inclusion

 - Belief in continual learning, exploration, and discovery

 - Fiscal integrity

About Us:

Under the leadership of playwright, actor, and director Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE (Artistic Director) and national arts leader Stephen Richard (Managing Director), Center Stage is an artistically driven institution committed to engaging, entertaining, and enriching audiences of today and tomorrow through joyous and bold performance. The professional, nonprofit theater company is dedicated to the creation and presentation of a dynamic and diverse array of new and classic work, and each year hosts an audience of more than 100,000 in its historic home in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. With its signature focus on civic and community engagement, Center Stage, The State Theater of Maryland, enters its second 50 years with a commitment to exploring how art and entertainment communicate in the 21st century, and to igniting conversation in Baltimore and beyond.


Erik Devereux

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
This is a wonderful venue. There really is no bad seat in the house. The acoustics, lighting and production values are excellent. We enjoyed a musical which is among the more complicated productions. We also enjoyed the wine selection at the bar and the they appear to let patrons bring drinks into the theater using special re-usable cups with lids. If you bring the cups back, there is a discount on future drinks. Parking is available across the street and on the night we went the rate was $5 payable by cash or credit at a self-service machine.

Sean Johnson

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
What a nice experience! I took my parents to see "Soul - The Stax Musical". What a nice play, the music, the actors, the venue were all truly wonderful. This was my first time experiencing the newly remodeled theater, and what a wonderful job Center Stage did. I look forward to the next play I attend here.

Charlene Faison

Sunday, June 17, 2018
I have patronized this theatre for more than a decade. I truly love it. Not a big fan of its redesign. Feels unfinished. Love that every seat is a good seat. But they should tell you in advance when the state may be extended and view may be awkward. The first time I saw Soul the Stax Musical I had seats next to the ramp the actors entered and exited on and it felt weird to be looking at their feet. The second time I saw the same musical I got seats on row L and they were PERFECT. I hope the next artistic director is a visionary like Kwame was. Gonna miss him.

Elisheba Gonzalez

Sunday, May 20, 2018
The view is excellent the way the seating has been rearranged. It was clean & cozy. Kudos to the volunteers. And Play "Stax" was superb with Excellent Acting, Dancing, Music, Singing, Stage Props & Support Crew. This should go to Broadway...

Sherry Taylor

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
If you get a chance by the 10th (June), check out Soul the Stax Musical, it was magnificent, if you closed your eyes you may have thought these were the original artists, but don't close your eyes when Boise Holmes (Isaac Hayes) performs, he's a sexy somebody. The entire cast was well thought out. Excellent job

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