Best Theater Company
Published: September 21, 2011
1727 N. Charles St., (410) 752-2208, everymantheatre.org
For all the young theater companies in Maryland—and a new one seems to pop up every few months—there is a model for how to grow from scrappy, low-budget productions in small spaces into a professional theater company that can hold its own with Center Stage, and that model is the Everyman Theatre. Founded in 1990 by artistic director Vincent Lancisi, Everyman didn’t have a permanent home until 1994 when it moved in next-door to the Charles Theatre. The company has grown slowly but steadily ever since by following three guiding principles. One, it developed a pool of talented local actors and retained their loyalty by paying them respectable wages. Two, it chose the best plays it could find, regardless of vintage, hipness, or non-hipness. And three, it took care of business, by working hard at building a base of ticket subscribers that allowed it to increase its budget each year. The reward? This is the troupe’s last season on Charles Street. In fall 2012, it moves into its new space on West Fayette Street.