Encounter: High School Ensemble Theater

Encounter is Center Stage’s theater ensemble for talented teens, 9–12 grades. Encounter meets every Monday evening during the school season and culminates in a final performance in the spring.

About Encounter

Encounter aligns itself with national service initiatives around the country to train young adults and teens as artists working in public service. The ensemble-based performance program is also a leadership training program. For Encounter, playwriting and performance work demand both leadership skills and a desire to be of service to the community.

Our unique collaborative process weaves the stories of students from across the state of Maryland together into one play. 

During the first half of the season, teens work together to develop a creative community while writing their play. The second half of the season focuses on performance. Encounter students are guided through a unique performance training process that develops their own distinctive presence and style. Students are trained as individual thinkers and innovators. The training, both physical and contemplative, draws on the principles of varied training methods and physical disciplines.

For more information, call Community Programs & Education at 410.986.4050 or email education@centerstage.org.


Encounter is sponsored by PNC Charitable Trust