January 16, 2017—The time has come. Our historic building is about to reopen after a year of major refurbishment and new construction. We are truly excited to be home.
Our transformation is multi-fold, and some changes are more apparent than others. Visitors are greeted with the Peter Culman Entry Plaza, a dedication to one of the major figures who made this the theater it is. Patrons can enjoy the new, expanded lobby and atrium, the Sherman Café and Bar, the new fourth floor Nancy K. Roche Bar and Deering Lounge, and other public spaces designed for gathering and conversation.
We’re also thrilled with our new Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Education Center, the Terry H. Morgenthaler Costume Shop, and our brand new Third Space, for works not typically found on our main stages.
And in the completely renovated Head Theater, you’ll experience the best of theater design and technology all in service of bringing exceptional art to Baltimore. We are thrilled that the unveiling of this new theater can be shown off in full glory with an exceptional production of The White Snake.
Other changes are less obvious: a new HVAC system to accurately control temperatures throughout the building; new sound systems and acoustic enhancements; new wiring and other structural improvements—all of these “backstage” improvements combine to support the quality experience you deserve.
Our new name—Baltimore Center Stage—reflects the pride we have in our city and in our heritage as a Baltimore-based cultural institution. We want to acknowledge that we stand in the footprints of the artists and patrons of Baltimore who have built this theater’s stellar reputation.
And when the national and international spotlight shines on the work of our theater and the theater’s family, we want to give credit where it’s due: to our home city and region and to the artists, craftspeople, technicians, educators, and administrators who live and work here. And of course, the members and donors who make it possible.
Thank you for coming home with us and for your ongoing patronage and support.
MICHAEL ROSS KWAME KWEI-ARMAH