Everyman Theatre

Having outgrown their old quarters, Everyman acquired a long-vacant and boarded-up historic 1911 theater for expansion of their thriving repertory group. The neighborhood, once a lively theater district that had deteriorated over the years, is in the process of redefining itself as an arts and entertainment district. The new theater has become a big draw for patrons and sparked attention for this emerging west side art district.   

Everyman Theatre
Baltimore, MD
Adaptive Reuse
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Transforming a neighborhood

  1. For many years, the boarded up theater lacked street presence or any signs of life.
  2. The historic facade was restored and made into a show box to reconnect to the neighborhood and attract more street activity.

Thank you and your amazing team for designing a building that is so in tune with Everyman’s identity, vision, and mission. It’s creativity and collaboration at its best.

Vince Lancisi, Director Everyman Theatre

Creating a theater within a theater

  1. The new theater lobby wall dramatically curves and tilts, playing against the framework of the historic facade and uniting the two entries.
  2. Plan diagram shows the new 250-seat studio "theater within a theater" inserted into the historic shell.

Enhancing the patron experience

  1. Main stair gives patrons a sense of the original building shell.
  2. Early sketch studies the flow of public space.
  3. Mezzanine lounge offers a great overlook of the main lobby.
  4. Vinny's Bar provides a place for patrons to gather before and after shows.
  5. Added stage height and size allows for more freedom with set design.

The studio theater reinforces the intimacy and warmth that Everyman is known for.


Celebrating Everyman actors

  1. Memorable characters overlook the second floor lobby; rotating translucent panels screen a classroom space beyond.
  2. Light sconces celebrate Everyman actors.