Center Stage's newly created second performance space, located on the
fourth floor, will be named the Head Theater in honor of Howard and Martha Head, long-term supporters of Maryland's regional theater.
The announcement was made by Katharine B. Gust, president of the Center Stage Board of Trustees.
Howard Head joined Center Stage's Board of Directors in 1964. He was vice president of the board in 1965 and was chairman of the board in 1966 and in 1974. He remains an active board member today and an ongoing major contributor to the theater.
Head, an innovator in the conception, design and development of sports equipment, founded Head Ski Company in 1949. His design of metal skis came into wide use in the 1950s. In the 1970s, he conceived and developed an oversized tennis racket, produced by Prince Manufacturing Co.
In 1984 he gave more than $600,000 to the theater's $3.5-million endowment fund. Recently he and his wife pledged $1 million to the current $13-million Campaign for Center Stage.
"Center Stage has been extremely fortunate to have had Howard Head's participation over the past 27 years. His willingness to step in at many critical moments of our history has allowed Center Stage to expand and flourish," said Gust.