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Transforming the state theater of Maryland

Center Stage, Baltimore


Project summary


Working with Baltimore Center Stage's artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah and architects Cho Benn Holback Associates, Charcoalblue provided theatre and acoustic consultancy for the renewal and reworking of one of Center Stage's two existing theatre spaces - the Head Theater.


Set within the confines of a 19th Century former Jesuit School, the Head Theater has been radically redesigning to create a flexible 400 seat auditorium with greatly improved technical systems and a modular floor area that can be used as a stage or for seating. The result is the ability for the fixed stage to grow up to 30 feet into the audience and be arranged into three key formations; thrust, end stage and in-the-round. Added to this, the sizeable cavity beneath will enable traps, stairs, technical effects and more to be integrated within the performance. The format can be changed around in as little as a day.


Center Stage also expressed their hope for a smaller, flexible Third Space. We devised a system where a wall could be drawn across the prosecium line of the Head Theater to provide the company with an opportunity to program smaller scale works in a flexible studio space. Charcoalblue also reinvigorated the public spaces by incorporating cutting-edge video technology.