Message from our Founder

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Live theater can be a riveting, breathless, wild ride, or it can be a distant view from a broad stage in a large and spacious house. At Compass Rose, we prefer to do plays which are almost in your lap.  Our 80 seat performance space keeps our audience close and our actors closer.   There is no room for error in acting and in design.   Our actors are career professionals, often paired with talented students on their way to a bright future in the theater. We provide working opportunities, even for the students.   Education is at the core of our mission, for we believe that the future of live theater depends on young people who embrace and enjoy this art form.  Acting training may not always produce a working actor, but it always engenders a love of theater and an appreciative audience member.   Come experience a play, a musical or a reading.  We are here each and every day working to produce theater which not only engages, but transcends the ordinary and leaves each audience member deeply affected or rousingly entertained. We invite you to experience this first hand.  Come once, come many times, become a member, become a donor.  We are here for the benefit of all who come.  See you at the play!

Lucinda Merry-Browne
Founding Artistic Director


Interview with the founder and the executive director

Listen to an interview with Compass Rose Founder Lucinda Merry-Browne and Executive Director Barbara Webber, with John Frenaye, Publisher of Eye on Annapolis :



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