Maryland's two principal theaters are Baltimore Center Stage (the State Theater) and Olney Theater (the State Summer Theater). In addition, Maryland is home to a variety of smaller professional and community theaters, ranging from classical to experimental.
Center Stage at night, 700 North Calvert St., Baltimore, Maryland. Photo courtesy of Center Stage.
Members of Baltimore's vibrant theater community, including the Black Cherry Puppet Theater, Everyman Theatre, the Fell's Point Corner Theatre, and the Theatre Project produce everything from avant-garde puppetry to Shakespeare.
Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 South Ann St., Baltimore, Maryland, December 2008. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Community theater thrives in Annapolis, where the Colonial Players celebrate over half a century of education and entertainment in a city that is also home to the Summer Garden Theatre and the Annapolis Shakespeare Company. For those outside the metropolitan area, Rep Stage in Columbia offers professional quality theater in intimate settings. In Charles County, the Port Tobacco Players entertain at La Plata. For Annapolis theater history, see: "The Progress of Refinement: A History of the Theatre in Annapolis" by Jane McWilliams (Annapolis: The Colonial Players Inc., 1976).
Theatrical productions, including musicals, also are staged around Maryland by local high schools, often providing young actors with their first opportunity to perform.
"West Side Story" rehersal, Annapolis High School, Riva Road, Annapolis, Maryland, March 2017. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
- Albaugh, John W., Sr. (1837-1909)
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, September 30, 1837
Died in Jersey City, New Jersey, February 11, 1909
- Albaugh, John W., Jr. (1867-1910)
Born in New York, New York, 1867
Died in Baltimore, Maryland, April 7, 1910
- Bankhead, Tallulah (1902-1968)
Born in Huntsville, Alabama, January 31, 1902
Died in New York, New York, December 12, 1968
Buried in Chestertown, Maryland
- Bateman, Hezekiah L.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, December 6, 1812
Died in London, England, March 22, 1875
Beverley, Trazana (1945-)
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, August 9, 1945
Booth, Edwin (1833-1893)
Born in Bel Air, Maryland, November 13, 1833
Died in New York, New York, June 7, 1893
Booth, John Wilkes (1838-1865)
Booth, Junius B., Sr. (1796-1852)
Born in London, England, May 1, 1796
Lived in Harford County, Maryland, 1822-52
Died on the J. S. Chenoweth, a Mississippi steamboat, November 30, 1852
Booth, Junius B., Jr. (1821-1883)
Born in Charleston, South Carolina, December 22, 1821
Lived in Harford County, Maryland, 1822-58
Died in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, September 16, 1883
De Shields, André (1946-)
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, January 12, 1946
Knower, Rosemary (1942-2019)
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, July 1, 1942
Died in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, March 27, 2019
Rogers, Edmund L., Jr. (1850-1893)
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, July 1, 1850
Died in Baltimore, Maryland, December 19, 1893
Rollins, Howard (1950-1996)
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, October 17, 1950
Died in New York, New York, December 8, 1996
THEATERS (by county)
Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland, December 2005. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Heritage Players, Catonsville
- Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo
- Bethesda Little Theatre, Bethesda
- Damascus Theatre Company, Damascus
- Kensington Arts Theatre Group, Kensington
- Montgomery Playhouse, Asbury
- Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda
- Olney Theatre Center, Olney
- Rockville Little Theatre, Rockville
- Rockville Musical Theatre, Rockville
- Round House Theatre, Bethesda
- Sandy Spring Theatre Group, Sandy Spring
- Silver Spring Stage, Silver Spring
- Theatre Consortium (ArtStream, Inc., Forum Theatre, Live Garra Theatre, Lumina Studio Theatre), Silver Spring
- Victorian Lyric Opera Company, Rockville
- Wildwood Summer Theatre, Bethesda
PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY
- Bowie Community Theatre, Bowie
- Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (University of Maryland), College Park
- Greenbelt Arts Center, Greenbelt
- Hard Bargain Players, Accokeek
- Laurel Mill Playhouse, Laurel
- Music & Drama (MAD) Club (Goddard Space Flight Center), Greenbelt
- Prince George's Little Theatre, Bowie (production suspended in 2018)
- St. Matthew's Musical Theatre Troupe, Bowie
- 2nd Star Productions, Bowie
- Ulrich Recital Hall (Tawes Theatre, University of Maryland), College Park
TALBOT COUNTYAvalon Foundation [Avalon Theatre], Easton
WASHINGTON COUNTYMaryland Theatre, Hagerstown
Potomac Playmakers, Hagerstown
Old Colonial Theatre, 12-14 South Potomac St., Hagerstown, Maryland, June 2004. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
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