This sumptuous concert hall is home to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Maryland's Theaters and Performing Arts Venues

By Laura Farmer
This sumptuous concert hall is home to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Maryland’s thriving cultural scene offers world-class sound stages and amphitheaters that host world-renowned local talent and leading stars from around the world. Take a peek inside some of the best theaters and performing arts venues in Maryland and start planning your theater trip today.

Maryland Theatre
The Maryland Theatre is a music and entertainment venue located in the Arts and Entertainment District of downtown Hagerstown, Maryland.

This gorgeous historic space dates back to 1915, when it hosted silent films. Today, its stage is regularly graced by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and notable stars in every genre—from country to comedy to classical—regularly perform in its 1,300-seat auditorium.

Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center
Hippodrome Theater
Ken Stanek Photography

This legendary building opened in 1914 as a movie palace and stage for vaudevillians. The theatre's restoration has provided a world-class stage to Broadway’s biggest touring productions.

Imagination Stage
Imagination Stage

At the largest and most respected multi-disciplinary theater arts organization in the mid-Atlantic region, children are spellbound by Imagination Stage’s professional shows, but they can also flex their own creative muscles in one of its many acting, film or dance classes and camps.

Music Center at Strathmore
The Music Center at Strathmore

Major international folk, rock, R&B, pop and jazz artists love to perform in this concert hall, noted for its crisp acoustics. The Strathmore is also home to resident organizations like the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Washington Performing Arts Society, National Philharmonic, Levine Music, CityDance Center, Maryland Classical Youth Orchestra and InterPlay.

Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
 Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore

This 2,400+ seat concert hall is home to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which performs weekly with a variety of top guest artists. Try one of the BSO’s seven-themed concert series, such as SuperPops, Family Concerts, Music Box or the secrets-spilling Off the Cuff series.  

The Lyric Baltimore
Lyric aka Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric
Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric

Take a complimentary guided tour of this gorgeous building to see the dramatic high ceilings fashioned after Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Its diverse shows include famous singers, classical ballets, touring comedians and children’s concerts.

Baltimore Center Stage
Center Stage in Baltimore, Maryland

This cultural gem ignites conversations and imaginations by producing an eclectic season of professional productions across two main stages and an intimate 99-seat theater, and via engaging and inspiring community and education programs.

Theatre Project
Dancers with the Baltimore Theatre Project

In the 1970s, this theater would support itself and its performers by passing a hat to collect donations instead of charging for tickets. Today, artists are still being nurtured to create experimental theater, dance and music in this 150-seat blackbox venue.

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Annapolis Opera

Maryland Hall is a multi-disciplinary arts center. Its stage is home to the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis Chorale, Annapolis Opera and The Ballet Theatre of Maryland. This repurposed former high school also utilizes its many classrooms to host creative classes of all varieties.

Compass Rose Theater
A performance of the Wizard of Oz, performed by the Compass Rose Theater
Compass Rose Theater

This award-winning and critically acclaimed theater and educational nonprofit is the longest-running professional theater in Annapolis. The company, founded in 2011, is located in Maryland Hall and offers on-stage performances and classes.

Bowie Center for the Performing Arts
Bowie Center for the Performing Arts

You’ll enjoy off-Broadway theater shows and concerts at the Bowie Center, but you can also take workshops, attend lectures, learn stage craft and more.

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland College Park

The premiere venue of The University of Maryland College Park, The Clarice hosts high-caliber undergrad and graduate student performances as well as a roster of internationally acclaimed visiting artists.

Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center - Howard Community College
Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center
Howard Community College

As an educational and production venue, the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center offers community members the opportunity to engage with the arts as patrons and as students. With a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, our annual themes open the doors for faculty, students, producers, and patrons to explore concepts through multiple perspectives and media.

The Weinberg Center for the Arts
Weinberg Center for the Arts
Weinberg Center

Housed in the gorgeous, historic Tivoli theater, the Weinberg Center for the Arts is Frederick County’s hub for the performing arts. In addition to hosting a wide variety of famous-name contemporary, rock,  and classical acts, dance performances, and Broadway musicals, the Weinberg offers the unique opportunity to see classic and silent movies accompanied by the famous Weinberg Wurlitzer, the only theater organ in Maryland still in its original installation.

Nancy R. & Norton T. Dodge Performing Arts Center
Nancy R. & Norton T. Dodge Performing Arts Center

Celebrated for its “outstanding design” and fantastic acoustics, this 700-seat auditorium and accompanying 125-seat recital hall are an integral part of the St. Mary’s College of Maryland campus. The center has a large, glass-walled multifunctional lobby and hosts a diverse range of performances, speakers, and concerts for the enrichment of students, the college, and the community.