Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Center Stage Associates Inc.

  • Baltimore, MD
  • http://www.centerstage.org

Mission Statement

Center Stage is an artistically driven institution committed to engaging, entertaining and enriching our audiences of today and tomorrow through joyous and bold performance.

We strive to be an active leader in local, national, and international theater by creating diverse and rich work and thinking innovatively about the way art and entertainment communicate in the 21st century. We embrace the theater’s civic duties to engage with the community and inspire audiences and practitioners.

Main Programs

  1. Artistic Programming
  2. Educational Programming
  3. Community Programming
Service Areas

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National

Center Stage is the State Theater of Maryland and serves the Baltimore metro area, the region, and the entire state. Each year Center Stage welcomes a diverse audience of more than 100,000 to its historic home located in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood and serves more than 11,000 students through educational and community programs.

ruling year

1965

Managing Director

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Mr. Stephen Richard

Co Principal Officer

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Mr. Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE

Keywords

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Leading National theater, community and education programs, new play development, dramaturgy

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EIN

52-0780194

Physical Address

700 N. Calvert St.

Baltimore, 21202 3602

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Theater (A65)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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With a signature focus on education and community engagement, Center Stage has a long tradition of not only producing world-class theater, but connecting that work to Baltimore and the region through in-school programming, community classes, and artistic initiatives.

Programs

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Program 1

Artistic Programming

Since 1963, a bold artistic vision has been the driving force that allows Center Stage to take risks, start conversations and create rich and moving work for thousands of Baltimore theatergoers. Through joyous and thought-provoking performance, Center Stage inspires and engages diverse audiences within and beyond the Baltimore community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah and Managing Director Stephen Richard, Center Stage moves forward from its 50th Anniversary with a revitalized artistic vision that expands the breadth of artistic work and engages with the cultural and civic landscape of the 21st century.

Each season, Center Stage spreads the joy of live performance to new audiences, and actively embraces theater’s role in the exploration of important contemporary issues. An innovative approach to performance, media, and technology allows Center Stage to develop relationships with national and international theater communities, connecting Baltimore audiences to important artistic work from around the globe.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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None

Budget

$6,446,159.00

Program 2

Educational Programming

Contributing wholeheartedly to the greater Baltimore community is central to Center Stage’s mission. Each year the theater offers more than 25 community and education programs serving almost 13,000 Baltimoreans of all ages. Participating in meaningful cultural activities as a regular part of a well-rounded educational experience helps to develop creative thinkers who are better equipped to thrive in the global marketplace.
As public schools struggle to provide arts exposure in a difficult economic climate, community-based programs like Center Stage's become even more essential.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

$6,446,159.00

Program 3

Community Programming

Center Stage is committed to eliminating any obstacles to experiencing theater, whether economic, cultural, age-related, physical, or barriers of understanding. Our artistic programming illuminates a diverse mix of stories and experiences, and our non-white audience has grown to more than 18% of our total audience. African Americans make up over 15%, with both rates substantially higher than the industry standard. While 75% of our patrons live in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, as the State Theater of Maryland we attract audiences from across Maryland.
Center Stage’s Community Programs help to attract a diverse audience through targeted discount ticket offers and pre-show events. Discounts are offered to groups, students, artists, senior citizens, and day-of-performance buyers. Center Stage also offers the family night series, Kickin' it with the 'Rents, which provides Baltimore City families with an affordable way to share an evening of dinner, theater, and discussion for the same price as a movie ticket. Other patrons view Center Stage as a social or networking destination and enjoy events such as ForeWords and AfterThoughts, pre and post-show discussions with artistic staff that offer an in-depth look at the world of the play. In addition, Meet the Actors is a time for casual conversations with the cast after the show. Finally, Center Stage offers Night Out, a pre-show event for members of the LGBTQIA community.
Audio-described and open captioning performances are offered throughout the season. In addition, Center Stage provides magnifiers for program use, and braille programs and listening devices are available free of charge at every performance.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

$6,446,159.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Center Stage’s goal is to provide access to theater and to contribute to our community by igniting conversation through challenging, bold, thought-provoking classical and contemporary theater.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Center Stage consistently works to expand and enrich the horizons of the greater Baltimore community through innovative artistic, educational, and community-based programming. We regularly offer world premiere programming, and foster the development of tomorrow’s theater audiences and professionals.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our leadership and board are committed to continued growth and exploration of new work and new ways of providing access to theater. Center Stage has a strong endowment and long history of balanced budgets and therefore is strongly positioned to implement the strategies needed to achieve our goals.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Theater audiences, volunteers, individual, corporate and government funders, and our artistic staff consistently provide feedback on the theater’s work. Center Stage is fortunate to receive significant and consistent support from state and local government and strong positive feedback from government and corporate officials.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Center Stage is Baltimore's largest professional producing theater, and enjoys a national reputation as a leader in the field. We have reached thousands of people with our productions and hosted countless community programs. We help bring the arts to life for more than 11,000 students each year, but we can do more. There is greater demand for many of our educational programs than we can meet. We would like to expand our arts education programs to provide assistance to diverse populations with limited accessibility to the arts, and expand programs within and beyond Baltimore.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Center Stage is the State Theater of Maryland and serves the Baltimore metro area, the region, and the entire state. Each year Center Stage welcomes a diverse audience of more than 100,000 to its historic home located in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood and serves more than 11,000 students through educational and community programs.

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CENTER STAGE ASSOCIATES INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Managing Director

Mr. Stephen Richard

Co Principal Officer

Mr. Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE

BIO

Stephen Richard, a leader on the national arts scene for more than 30 years, joined Center Stage in January 2012 as the theater’s new Managing Director. Stephen comes most recently from a position as Vice President, External Relations, for the new National Children’s Museum. Previously, he served 18 years as Executive Director of Arena Stage, where he planned and managed the theater’s $125 million capital campaign for the Mead Center for American Theater. Also a professor at Georgetown University and George Mason University, he has served on the boards and committees of some of the nation’s most prestigious arts organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts, American Arts Alliance, League of Resident Theatres, and Theatre Communications Group.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Terry H. Morgenthaler

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