Baltimore Center Stage: About


Baltimore Center Stage

Our Mission

Baltimore Center Stage is a theater committed to artistic excellence. We engage, enrich, and broaden the perspectives of diverse audiences through entertaining and thought-provoking work and educational programs.

We value:

  • Access
  • Inclusion
  • Community
  • Fiscal Stability

About Baltimore Center Stage

Founded in 1963 and designated the State Theater of Maryland in 1978, Baltimore Center Stage provides the highest quality theater and programming for all members of our communities, including youth and families, under the leadership of Artistic Director Stephanie Ybarra and Executive Director Michael Ross. Baltimore Center Stage ignites conversations and imaginations by producing an eclectic season of professional productions across two mainstages and an intimate 99-seat theater, through engaging community programs, and with inspiring education programs. Everything we do at Center Stage is led by our core values—chief among them being Access For All. Our mission is heavily rooted in providing active and open accessibility for everyone, regardless of any and all barriers, to our Mainstage performances, education initiatives, and community programming.

We welcome you to Baltimore Center Stage where you’ll be greeted by our courteous staff and security who are trained to make sure you have an enjoyable, comfortable, and safe experience.

land acknowledgement 

Baltimore Center Stage acknowledges that the land beneath us, this place, this community, owes its vitality to generations who have come before. Some were brought forcibly to this land, some came here in search of ownership or simply a better life, and some have lived and stewarded this land for countless generations. In a spirit of making erased histories visible, we acknowledge that we are standing on the ancestral and occupied lands of the Piscataway nation. The Susquehannock, Lenape, and Lumbee peoples have also cared for this land. The peoples are not relics of the past, but they continue to steward this land today with care, vitality, and tradition. Their relations are numerous throughout Turtle Island, and they are continuing to grow. We pay respects to their elders past, present, and future. Please take a moment to consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us together here today. And please join us in uncovering such truths at any and all public events. 

Additionally in the spirit of reconciliation, you can honor the Indigenous peoples of this land by donating to Native American Lifelines, visiting the Baltimore American Indian Center & Heritage Museum, and supporting local Indigenous artists.

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