Grants from local and national foundations play an integral role in the work that Center Stage produces every season, providing general operating support as well as funding for new programs and artistic initiatives. These grants also ensure that Center Stage continues to provide ample opportunities for civic discussion and remains a space for creative and intellectual thought. With the help of our foundation partners, Center Stage is able to open our doors to more than 100,000 patrons every season and offer educational programming to more than 10,000 students. These exciting initiatives include:

    • The Annie E. Casey Foundation partnered with Center Stage for the My America/My Baltimore project, helping Baltimore City students hone their literacy and playwriting skills as they reflected on what Baltimore means to them.
    • The Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award funded extended rehearsal time for the world premiere production of Kwame Kwei-Armah's Beneatha's Place during our 50th Anniversary Season.

    • The Mellon Foundation is funding Center Stage’s involvement, along with the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Maryland, in The National Civil War Project, a multi-city, multi-year project to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.

For more information on Foundation gifts, please contact Debbie Joy, Grants Manager, at 410.986.4021 or

Gifts In-Kind

  • The Afro American
  • Akbar Restaurant
  • Atwater's
  • The Baltimore Sun
  • Berger’s Cookies
  • Blimpie
  • The Brewer's Art
  • Cakes by Pamela G
  • Casa di Pasta
  • The Classic Catering People
  • The Charles Theater
  • Chipotle
  • The City Paper
  • Eddie’s on Saint Paul
  • Edible Arrangements
  • Eggspectations
  • Express Vending
  • Fisherman's Friend/ Pez Candy, Inc.
  • The Fractured Prune
  • Gertrude's Restaurant
  • Gianni's Italian Bistro
  • Greg's Bagels
  • GT Pizza
  • Honey Baked Ham Co.
  • The Helmand
  • Hotel Monaco
  • Iggie's
  • The Jewish Times
  • Mamott
  • Mars Super Markets
  • Maryland Office Interiors
  • Maryland Public Television
  • Michele's Granola
  • Mitchell Kurtz Architect, PC
  • Mount Vernon Stable and Saloon
  • New System Bakery
  • Oriole's Pizza and Sub
  • Pizza Boli's
  • Pizza Hut
  • Planit Agency
  • PromoWorks
  • Republic National Distributing Company
  • Sabatino's
  • Shugoll Research
  • The Signman
  • Style Magazine
  • Subway
  • Urbanite
  • Utz Quality Foods
  • Village Square Café
  • A Vintner's Selection
  • Wawa
  • Wegman's
  • Whitmore Print & Imaging
  • WYPR Radio

Matching Gift Companies

  • The Abell Foundation, Inc.
  • Bank of America
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Constellation Energy
  • The Deering Family Foundation
  • Exxon Corporation
  • GE Foundation
  • Illinois Tool Works Foundation
  • Kraft Foods
  • MASCO Corporation
  • McCormick & Co. Inc.
  • Norfolk Southern Foundation
  • PNC Bank
  • Stanley Black & Decker
  • SunTrust Bank
  • T. Rowe Price Group

As of August 15, 2013

We make every effort to provide accurate acknowledgement of our contributors. We appreciate your patience and assistance in keeping our lists current. To advise us of corrections, please call 410.986.4026.

You can help Center Stage by becoming an active advocate for the theater. Contact your local, state, and national elected officials, and vote for public policy initiatives that promote and fund the arts.

Advocacy efforts include lobbying your local municipality, the State of Maryland, Congress, the White House, and various other agencies; monitoring new legislation that impacts not-for-profit organizations; and by participating in national events and campaigns designed to show support for arts funding.

Contact Center Stage at for information about current government issues impacting Center Stage, and how you can support our efforts.

Center Stage also encourages you to support the following advocacy organizations. Use the links below to receive email bulletins with late-breaking arts advocacy news:

Maryland Citizens for the Arts The leading voice for arts advocacy in Maryland.

Americans for the Arts The leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. Their three primary goals: increasing public and private sector support for the arts; ensuring that every American child has access to a high-quality arts education; and strengthening communities through the arts.