This comprehensive renovation encompasses a complete transformation of all public spaces, a re-imagined Head Theater, an experimental black box performance space, and a long overdue overhaul of mechanical and electrical infrastructure.

Also included is an addition to house a new Education Center and Costume Shop. Located in historic Mt. Vernon and encumbered with a preservation easement, the project required comprehensive review with the community, CHAP, MHT, and the City Planning Department. State-of-the-art audiovisual and lighting effects permeate the design throughout, thus combining a historic backdrop with 21st century technology.


  • 2017 Design Award, AIA Maryland
  • 2017 Design Award, AIA Baltimore

The entire building was in dire need of overhaul including all public space, offices, dressing rooms, scene shop, and mechanical/electrical infrastructure. Cho Benn Holback, A Quinn Evans Company was able to add 5,000 sf of new construction to house a much needed Education Center and an expanded Costume Shop.  Two new performance spaces were added—the flexible new Head Theater and a new experimental black box—that are both state of the art and modeled after current theaters in the UK.

"Our patrons not only recognize the home they have come to know and love, but see a physical appearance that matches the high quality of the work on our stages."

Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director 

CBH|QEA worked closely with Charcoalblue on both acoustics and theater design throughout the complex marrying the extremely technical requirements of theater lighting, rigging, acoustics, seating, site lines, comfort, and flexibility with the overall architecture, structural, mechanical and electrical systems, and current codes.  The final project represents an exciting blend of historic architecture with 21st century technology woven throughout.