The black box theatre is an accessible 98-seat multi-purpose performance space. While the Howard County Arts Council does use the theatre for its own activities, it is primarily reserved as a rental facility for use by artists and arts groups; one-time or multiple performance dates are available. The intimate setting and affordable fees make the theatre ideally suited for instrumental, dance or vocal recitals, small music ensembles or theatrical productions, and spoken word. It is equipped with professional sound and lighting equipment, dressing rooms nearby, padded seats, black stage curtains and a sprung dance floor. A performance grand piano is also available for rental through a separate agreement with the Howard County Music Teacher’s Association.
The general philosophy behind the black box theatre at the Howard County Center for the Arts is to provide an environment which stimulates and encourages diverse audiences to experience the Fine and Performing Arts, to encourage artists to evolve and strive for artistic excellence, and to provide the community with affordable performance space.
All renters of the black box theatre are required to carry a commercial liability insurance policy of $1,000,000. Other requirements and rental request forms and rates can be found at www.hocoarts.org. Rental Request Forms should be mailed to Room Rentals at the Howard County Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043.