Baltimore City has a thriving arts scene that plays host to a plethora of interesting companies and experimental work.
The Baltimore theatre community is welcoming and collaborative in nature, which leads to an abundance of interdisciplinary performance opportunities and explorations. Because of the affordable nature of the city, finding and renting rehearsal and performance spaces is relatively uncomplicated. As a result many young companies have established themselves in the past few years. This has brought vibrancy to the scene replenished further by the number of local colleges and universities.
Venues and Organizations
The Autograph Playhouse
Located in south Charles Village, The Autograph Playhouse is a traditional proscenium theatre. For the past several years it has housed the Baltimore Rock Opera Society and a number of other large scale productions produced by various local companies.
Baltimore Theatre Project
Baltimore Theatre Project, located in Mt. Vernon, presents original and experimental work. It offers a black box feel with fixed seating. BTP offers straightforward rentals, co-productions and sponsored presentations. BTP’s lobby is sometimes home to curated visual arts shows.
The Chicken Box
The Chicken Box is home to the Annex Theater and the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, Inc. An office by day, a flexible seating theatre by night, The Chicken Box represents a transformation in the downtown neighborhood into a well-supported arts district.
The EMP Collective rents a 5,000+ square foot space in downtown Baltimore that they generously rent out for one-night events and longer term runs. The space is quite flexible and operates as a theatre, gallery and cinema space.
A new edition to Baltimore, The Parlor is a beautiful and intimate venue located in Mt. Vernon. One can often see the productions of Stillpointe Theatre Initiative there along with smaller productions of other companies and individuals.
Housed in a beautiful performance space, the 2640 Space is a noncommercial, cooperatively managed space for radical politics and grassroots culture. It’s in the heart of Charles Village and is available for rental.
Station North Arts and Entertainment, Inc.
Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc. promotes and supports artists and cultural organizations in the District, it seeks to create a vibrant neighborhood where arts, artists and entertainment venues flourish in the midst an economically diverse community with an abundance of healthy residential, retail and commercial offerings.
Artscape is America's largest free arts festival, attracting 350,000+ attendees over three days. Artscape features 150+ fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits on and off-site, including exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, art cars, photography and the Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize; incredible live concerts on outdoor stages; a full schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, film, experimental music and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; family events such as hands-on projects, demonstrations, competitions, children's entertainers and street theater; and a delicious, international menu of food and beverages that is available throughout the festival site.
Charm City Fringe
Charm City Fringe is a new, underground campaign to celebrate Baltimore's theater and arts while offering opportunities for young people to get interested and involved. Charm City Fringe, Inc. aims to connect and develop Baltimore’s theater community, engage existing audiences, attract non-traditional theatergoers and reach out to communities not commonly represented.
High Zero Festival
High Zero Festival is the premier festival of improvised, experimental music on the East Coast, being fully devoted to new collaborations between the most inspired improvisers from around the world. Lasting two weeks in total, the festival brings together 28 core musicians each year, but also involves a much larger subculture of musicians in Baltimore and on the East Coast.
The Transmodern Festival
The Transmodern Festival is a cultural phenomenon presenting radical, experimental, expectation-defying work from local, national and international artists. The Festival’s mission is to represent communities and artists who defy cultural normative practices and disciplines from Baltimore and beyond.