News | Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts


For Immediate Release:  July 31, 2017
Contact:  Donna Anderson, 443-714-8099 |



ANNAPOLIS, MD--Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (MHCA) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of experienced nonprofit executive Margaret B. Davis as its new President and CEO.  The Board selected Davis after a nationwide four-month search led by a professional search firm.  She will begin her new position on November 1, 2017.

Davis brings more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, communications and resource development as Maryland Hall’s new President and CEO.  She succeeds Linnell Bowen, who retired in June after 21 years in that role.  Since 2009, Davis has served as the President and CEO of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the nation’s oldest and largest need-based scholarship provider for military children, doubling the revenue during her tenure.  Previous positions include Director of Development and Community Engagement for the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois.  The Festival is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  While there, she planned and implemented a $16 million capital campaign.  In addition, she was of counsel to Arena Stage’s and National Children’s Museum’s recent capital campaigns.  She also served as Associate Dean for Cathedral Advancement at the Washington National Cathedral and was a founding director of the Chicago Children's Museum. 

Davis has local involvement in the South River Federation, Anne Arundel Women Giving Together and the Annapolis Yacht Club.  She has been active in volunteer family support work with the Marine Corps and as a result, was awarded the Department of the Navy Superior Public Service Medal, the second highest civilian medal awarded by the Navy. 

A graduate of Mt. Holyoke College, she and her husband, retired Marine Major General Andrew “Drew” Davis, live in Annapolis, MD.

As MHCA President and CEO, Davis will manage a staff of approximately 20 full and part- time employees who plan and deliver more than 700 arts classes and workshops; almost 100 performances and events; 25 exhibitions and gallery programs; and a wide variety of community-based and artistic events throughout the year.  She will be responsible for management of all day-to-day operations for Maryland Hall and will lead The Campaign for Maryland Hall, an $18 million capital campaign to modernize and expand MHCA’s 1932-era building.  The campaign, now in its third stage, has already resulted in the modernization of the main theatre, with construction currently underway for a new production wing expected to be complete in Spring 2018.   

 “Margaret’s depth of experience in fundraising, management and community relations, coupled with her passion for the arts, make her the ideal candidate to now lead Maryland Hall,” says MHCA Board Chairman Alan Friedman.  “Our board and staff are excited to work with Margaret to further strengthen Maryland Hall’s wide array of performances, visual arts and education programming.  She will bring valuable fundraising and leadership skills to the capital campaign as we continue to enhance our historic building.” 

“It is an honor to succeed Annapolis legend Linnell Bowen and have the opportunity to grow an excellent community resource even further,” says Davis.  “Art for all is both the hallmark of Maryland Hall and an essential element in our community.”

Dedicated to delivering “art for all,” Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is the community’s arts center, providing lifelong opportunities in the arts for all ages. Serving 100,000 people each year, Maryland Hall educates, enriches and enhances lives through performances in our newly-renovated theatre, exhibitions in several galleries, education classes and workshops for all ages, and outreach programs that bring the arts to underserved students.  For more information on Maryland Hall, go to



Start your Midnight Madness fun at Maryland Hall!

We will be holding a closing reception for our current exhibitions on Thursday, December 7th from 5:30 - 7 pm. Please join us for a FREE glass of wine while we celebrate our final exhibits of the year! Additionally, Artist-in-Residence, Patrice Drago, will be hosting a festive open studio on the third floor. She will be selling gift-sized art for the holidays - both abstract and… her beloved birds are back!​ 

Lindsay Pichaske will also be selling small festive ornaments outside of her studio. This is the perfect time to buy last minute holiday gifts that are local and handmade from our talented AIR's!

RSVP ahead of time for the closing reception and enter to win 2 free tickets to our Cirque Zuma Zuma performance on February 15th at 7:30 pm. Visit our Eventbrite page anytime before December 7th for a chance to win. The winner will be emailed information about their tickets on December 8th.



Busy Morning by Patrice Drago and a look at her festive studio ready for Dec. 7th visitors!


 In-progess handsculpted ornaments by Artist-in-Residence, Lindsay Pichaske


Do you have a budding actor or actress in your family? Does your son or daughter love to sing, dance or perform at family gatherings? Maryland Hall has a variety of classes for your budding thespian.

Maryland Hall’s popular Musical Theatre program taught by Priscilla Smith returns in 2018 with classes on Saturdays for ages ranging from 6 to 18 including:

Jr. Musical for ages 6-8

Musical Theatre for ages 9-13

Beginning Broadway Dance for ages 9-13

Musical Theatre 3 for ages 12-18

Intermediate Broadway Dance for ages 12-18

We are also pleased to continue offering several classes for homeschool students in partnership with Building Better People Productions. Classes include:

Storytime Drama for ages 5-7

Our longtime partner in acting and drama classes, Compass Rose Theatre is also offering several classes this winter/spring. Held just down the street from Maryland Hall in Compass Rose Theatre’s location, classes are offered in:

Creative Dramatics for ages 3-5

Story to Stage for ages 5-7

Welcome to the Theatre for ages 8-12

We would like to welcome instructor Rebecca Gift. She’ll be teaching new classes for teens who may be preparing for local productions, community performances and for the college application process.

Audition Techniques for ages 13-16

Audition Techniques for ages 16 and up

Classes for Homeschooled Students

Ages: 6-12- I Andrea Olney-Wall
Class ID #: W1810077
Drawing techniques, styles, and materials will be covered in class. Students will be drawing animals, landscapes, figures, and still life.
1/10 -2/14 Wed (4:30pm-6:00pm)
$135 I $160
Ages: 6-12- I Andrea Olney-Wall
Class ID #: W1810078
Painting techniques in acrylics will be covered in class.  We will be working with painting papers, canvas boards and stretched canvas.
2/21 -3/28 Wed (4:30pm-6:00pm)
$145 I $170
Ages: 7-17 I Building Better People Productions
Class ID #: W1810127
Students are introduced to acting through a variety of topics and styles, including stage combat, improvisation, and Shakespeare. No class 3/30.
1/19 -4/13 Fri (10:00am-11:00am)
$125 I $150
Ages: 7-17  I Building Better People Productions
Class ID #: W1810128
Shine on the stage!  Students rehearse a play to be presented at the last class to families, all the time gaining the acting and team-building skills needed to produce a show.  No class 3/29 or 3/30.
1/18 -4/12 Thu (11:15am-12:45pm)
$155 I $180
Class ID #: W1810129
1/19 -4/13 Fri (11:15am-12:45pm)
$155 I $180

Reception - January 26, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

1st floor hallways and cafe - Free and open to the public!

Our Art Reach Program is having a public reception to celebrate the visual art many of our students have made! Work featured by Jovenes Artistas, Boys and Girls Club, Arts for Seniors and more! Poster designed by Jovenes Artistas student, Ena!