Mission + History

Everyman Theatre’s Mission

Everyman Theatre provides transformative experiences through professional theatre that are welcoming, relevant, and affordable to everyone, featuring a Resident Company of Artists.

Everyman Theatre is a professional theatre celebrating the actor, with a Resident Company of artists from the Baltimore/Washington, DC area. The theatre is dedicated to engaging the audience through a shared experience between actor and audience seeking connection and emotional truth in performance. Each season of plays is carefully curated to foster a diverse range of human experiences found in a mix of dramas and comedies selected from timeless classics to world premieres of plays.

Each season, Everyman Theatre produces a six-play mainstage season featuring both classics and new, burgeoning contemporary plays, many of which feature our Award-winning Resident Company of Actors and Artists from the Baltimore/DC area. Over 5,000 loyal subscribers are joined by thousands of other patrons each year, totaling an average of 45,000 tickets sold annually. Additional programming, such as the new Salon Series of play readings, curated and directed by Resident Company Members, provide a unique and up-close experience with the art of theatre.

Everyman Theatre’s education programs serve both the schools and the community at large. Community classes utilize skilled teaching artists to engage students of all ages in a variety of subjects from Improvisation to Page-to-Stage programs for youth. Everyman Theatre’s signature education program is its high school matinee program, providing Baltimore City students from five select schools a repeat exposure experience, including pre-and-post-show in-class visits, and transportation to and from the theatre completely free of charge.

CORE VALUES

PEOPLE | COMMUNITY | EXCELLENCE

Everyman Theatre History

Chart the long journey from Saint John’s Church to the Fayette Street Theatre.

Saint John’s Church

Everyman Theatre was founded by Vincent Lancisi in 1990. From the beginning, Everyman Theatre has striven to provide top-notch theatre that is affordable and accessible to everyone. With a Resident Company of local, professional artists, Everyman Theatre has staged critically-acclaimed productions ranging from classics to contemporary works to world premieres over the past 25 years.

Everyman Theatre’s first production—The Runner Stumbles—was produced in the winter of 1990 at Saint John’s Church. For the next four years, Everyman Theatre could only afford to produce one production per year at various locations in Baltimore, including Vagabond’s Theatre, the Theatre Project and even a classroom at MICA.

North Charles Street

The 1994/95 Season marked a series of firsts for Everyman Theatre. It was the first year at 1727 North Charles Street, which would be Everyman Theatre’s home for 18 years. It also marked the first multi-production line-up—starting with Sam Shepard’s Buried Child—and also offered subscriptions to patrons for the first time.

Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, subscriptions numbers grew and a string of popular and acclaimed productions, including Amadeus, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Lion in Winter, The Glass Menagerie, The Crucible, and the wildly successful Proof, proved that Everyman Theatre was a mainstay in the Baltimore theatre scene.

Fayette Street

Through a generous donation from Bank of America and the Harold A. Dawson Trust, Everyman Theatre was given its new home on Fayette Street. Over the span of six years, Everyman completed a successful $18 million capital campaign co-chaired by Gina and Dan Hirschhorn.

In January 2013, Everyman Theatre celebrated the Grand Opening of its new permanent home on Fayette Street with the record-breaking production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, August: Osage County.

Everyman Theatre celebrated its 25th anniversary during the 2015/16 Season by producing The Great American Rep. A feat featuring American classics Death of a Salesman and A Streetcar Named Desire in repertory.

Everyman Theatre invites you to be part of the journey for the next 25 years.

Founding Board Members

These extraordinary board members have provided leadership for the organization for ten or more years.

Gordon Becker
Nathan Chernoff
Patricia Egan
James R. Eyler
Susan Sachs Fleishman
Maurice Furchgott
Niki Harris

Gina B. Hirschhorn
Bridget M. Horner
Jeannie Howe
Vincent M. Lancisi
Jonathan Melnick
R. Rex Rehfeld
E. Lee Robbins, M.D.

Zelig Robinson
Vic Romita
Frank Rosenberg
Leonard Sachs
Elspeth Udvarhelyi
Martha Weiman

What sets Everyman Theatre apart?

Everyman Theatre is one of only a handful of theatres nationwide with a Resident Company of Artists. They are the artistic backbone of our organization.