Hippodrome Foundation

A Door to the World of Theater and the Arts

About This Program

The Hippodrome Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization established in Baltimore, Maryland in 1976. Formerly known as the Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA), the foundation was originally created to present live theater at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre. Over the years, the Hippodrome Foundation has progressed into the largest presenter of Broadway in Baltimore, and all of Maryland, working in partnership with Broadway Across America to bring jaw-dropping theater performances to the area.

Through free outreach and education programs, the Hippodrome Foundation has a goal of introducing Maryland students and other interested members of the community to the power of the arts and all assets of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. By exposing bright young minds to new possibilities, the Hippodrome Foundation is providing increased opportunities to spark the creativity and artistry of today’s students who will be tomorrow’s performers. The Hippodrome Foundation seeks to increase access and awareness surrounding the arts and it’s importance in the community, as well as provide the community access to the area’s leading experts in the arts, dance, theater and music.

As a long-time supporter of the arts, theater and the inspiration behind it all, Plank is a proud philanthropic partner of The Hippodrome Foundation and their mission to teach and share the importance and power of theater to others. As a personal fan and supporter of the enthralling talent at the Hippodrome, Plank seeks to make the programs and performances at the area’s leading theater accessible to as many people as possible.


"The Hippodrome is a fixture in the Baltimore community dedicated to providing long-lasting, life-changing experiences through theatre and the arts. I am repeatedly blown away by the work they do at the Hippodrome Foundation.

- Scott Plank


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