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Silver Spring Black Box Theatre under new management

On June 30, 2014
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The Round House Theatre managed the Black Box for 10 years.

The Theatre Consortium of Silver Spring (TCSS)  has been selected by Montgomery County to assume management for the Black Box Theatre in Silver Spring. After 10 years of successful management and operation of the Black Box, the Round House Theatre has decided to move on to other ventures and did not renew its lease on the performance space located at 8641 Colesville Road. Round House classroom space remains in Silver Spring.

Over the years, the TCSS have partnered with Round House to present performances. They signed a five-year lease for managing the theatre.

“I look forward to great things from the Theatre Consortium of Silver Spring,” said County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett. “Montgomery County’s cultural arts scene is second to none, and this newly-formed theatre group made up of four successful and diverse theatre companies will add another dimension to live theatre options in the county.”

“For over 10 years, the Black Box Theater, along with AFI, have made downtown Silver Spring one of the premier arts destinations in Montgomery County,” said Council Member George Leventhal. “As we welcome the Theatre Consortium of Silver Spring, the County recognizes the need for more theater space down county to serve the growing and increasingly diverse community.”

The TCSS is made up of four theatre groups: Art Stream, Inc, which puts on original musicals featuring adult actors with disabilities; the Forum Theatre, a group of professional, local theatre artists that produce adventurous and challenging plays; the Live Garra Theatre, which produces bold theatre, readings, and other educational opportunities focused through the lense of African-American heritage and Black Theatre; and the Lumina Studio Theatre, which provides new interpretations of Shakespeare and other classical theatre, performed by teens.

“We are pleased that management of the Black Box Theatre was awarded to this consortium of award-winning theatre groups,” said Suzan Jenkins, chief executive officer of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. “This is great news for culture in our community, and we look forward to working with the Theatre Consortium of Silver Spring as they transform the Black Box Theatre into an exciting and preeminent space for theatre in Montgomery County.”

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