|Location||700 N Calvert St, Baltimore, MD|
|Artistic director(s)||Kwame Kwei-Armah|
Center Stage houses two performing spaces, the 541-seat Pearlstone and the smaller Head Theater, both in its home in the Mount Vernon Cultural District of Baltimore.
Launched in 1963 by a group of local theater supporters, Center Stage soon became a leader in America's regional theater movement, with the goal of producing first-rate professional theater for local audiences, along with theaters like The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Arena Stage in Washington, and Alley Theatre in Houston. In 1974, an arson fire burned its North Avenue home to the ground. With the help of local civic leaders, the theater continued its season at a local college, and used the disaster to launch a major public relations and capital campaign to keep the organization alive. The theater ultimately moved into a new space carved out of an abandoned Jesuit college. Since that time, it has become Baltimore's leading professional theater, welcoming more than 100,000 people each season to its home in Mount Vernon.
Under the artistic direction of Irene Lewis, who took over from Stan Wojewodski in the 1991–92 Season, Centerstage has presented a six-play Mainstage Season, as well as a new play development series called First Look, in two auditoriums: the 541-seat Pearlstone Theater and the smaller, flexible-layout Head Theater. Center Stage attracts notable directors, designers, and actors, including many Tony Award winners.