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Compass Rose Theater Opens in New Location

Annapolis, MD (3-22-13) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen and Annapolis Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) President and CEO Lara Fritts are pleased to welcome the Compass Rose Theater to its new location on Spa Road.

The Compass Rose Theater is a professional teaching theater company that recently moved from 1011 Bay Ridge Avenue to its new location at 49 Spa Road. The current location was previously an artist studio, for a wide range of artists use and before that was what many remember as the Arundel Rug Cleaning building.
The new location significantly increases the audience seating capacity, the classroom space and the backstage area, allowing more room for additional storage and props.

Artistic Director Lucinda Merry-Browne founded the theater and offers programs, productions, and classes in the Greater Baltimore/Washington Area.  Compass Rose Theater produces a full season of plays at the theater. Performances are fully professional, and include members of Actor's Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States, as well as Non-Equity actors. Performances also include students of acting who have studied with the Compass Rose faculty and other educational companies. Students audition with the professional actors and are selected by the professional casting process.

“The opening of Compass Rose Theater is a credit to the dream and determination of Lucinda Merry-Brown and her team of board members, staff and supporters," Mayor Cohen said. "It is also a testament to the vitality of Annapolis' burgeoning arts community, and it will strengthen our young and growing Arts District.”

The Compass Rose Theater will also come into area classrooms with a unique curriculum-based Shakespeare intensive. A professional teaching artist illuminates the beauty of Shakespeare’s text by teaching students both the technical workings and emotional truths in Shakespeare’s words.

“The Theater offers so much to so many in our City,” AEDC President Lara Fritts said. “The performer, the theater enthusiast and the student all benefit from the educational programs and professional performances.”
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