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CTSMD Core Values
Children’s Theatre of Southern Maryland Inc. (CTSMD) engages, inspires, entertains, and challenges participants with theatrical productions that range from classic dramas and musicals to new and original works; we train and support the next generation of theatre artists, provide arts education opportunities covering all aspects of a production to promote life-long learning to a diverse community, and celebrate the essential power of the theatre to encourage our next generation of performers and production teams.
CTSMD is a non-profit children’s theatre organization dedicated to inspiring self-confidence,
communication skills, and self-worth in all participants. We collaborate to create an atmosphere that
empowers artists to do their finest work. Our rigorous standards reflect our commitment to excellence
in every area of production. We hope to inspire the next generation of performers to not only strive for
excellence, but to have fun doing it, while offering quality theatre produced by children for general audiences.
We aspire to work as a team within and between departments. We respect our members’ time and
resources by working together as a cohesive company to motivate our kids and adults to strive for
Our role in the local theatre ecosystem is vital to the tri-county area of Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s
counties in Maryland. The people we meet before work and after a performance, the students who see
a matinee, and the businesses and theatre companies around us, are all part of our family. CTSMD is an
inclusive arts organization that believes in fostering the active participation of young people from
diverse socio-economic and ethno-racial family backgrounds. CTSMD appreciates both the similarities
and richness of differences among people and supports inclusion to advance social unity throughout the
communities it serves.
We are committed to an environment that fosters inclusion and that reflects our community. We
respect varied backgrounds, and work and life experiences. We pursue programs that attract under-
represented talent, and we celebrate our volunteers throughout the tri-county area. Implementing a
Diversity and Inclusion initiative is important to our organization as it enables CTSMD to:
● Grow volunteer/partner satisfaction within the organization and develop cultural competence
by supporting and involving everyone in the initiative.
● Expand theatre awareness among the diverse and underserved communities in the Tri-County
area by promoting productions, and developing programs and services geared towards these
● Increase cast diversity by expanding auditions to communities, developing local and national
partnerships with diverse organizations, and looking for talent outside the theater arena.
● Provide the theatre experience to pockets of people who may not otherwise have access to it.
● Contribute to the Tri-County efforts of making the area a more inclusive place.
We are proud of our deep ties to the local community, and our presence in the lives of students. We
offer educational and performance opportunities throughout the Tri-County area that will be unique to
the community and reach an economically and ethnically diverse population. We are committed to full
accessibility for everyone. Unlike other regional programs, we intend to offer year-round educational
and performance opportunities in a conservatory-type atmosphere, which is the first of its kind in the
southern Maryland area.
We will go about and beyond to make everyone who works with us feel welcomed, supported and challenged to do their best.
All great work is nurtured in an atmosphere of civility and mutual respect. Harmonious and collaborative rehearsal areas, production shops, and office spaces are our priority. We value physical safety and a supportive and fun work environment. CTSMD holds these values central to our mission:
- Beginning a child’s lifelong relationship with theatre
- Accessibility – inclusiveness to all populations
- Development of curriculum-based productions, outreach programs, and workshops
- Enrichment of the spirit, body and mind of every individual
Our Board of Directors
Our team was founded on the feeling that Southern Maryland was missing a fully focused, year round community theatre opportunity for the youth of the Tri County community. CTSMD is committed to being the hub where a theatre arts education can be discovered, developed and deservedly applauded for ANY child in our community.