the space


EMP has been lighting up a formerly empty corner of Baltimore’s Westside since 2011. We use the space for our own artistic projects, regular programming, and other crazy ideas. Of course, we want to keep EMP lit up all the time with life and art in the community so we’ve opened up the doors to local and visiting artists to affordably create and present their own work (and crazy ideas).

Check out the “calendar” page for what we’ve got at EMP currently and the “programming” page for regularly occurring EMP events (and how you can get involved!).


WANT TO RENT EMP? We have affordable rentals for the space for one night or short-term runs of events — anything from private parties to music shows to theatre productions  to workshops to discussions and talks. Contact us at for more info and pricing.


ABOUT THE SPACE:   We’re 5000+ square feet of goodness on the first floor of the historic Faust Building, a turn-of-the-century former shoe factory. EMP is a rotating art gallery, a theatre, an experimental workshop, and a DIY movie house all rolled into one.

EMP is located at 307 West Baltimore Street, on the corner of West Baltimore and Howard.  MAP IT.

There is metered street parking and several parking garages in the area. We are right at the UMD/Baltimore St Light Rail Stop, a short walk from Circulator stops (Purple/Orange) and three blocks from the Camden MARC station as well.


OUR PROGRAMMING: Here’s what we do at the space regularly! Check out the “calendar” page for upcoming events and event descriptions.

A Brief Narrative of an Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits, May 2012

A Brief Narrative of an Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits, May 2012



Focusing primarily on new and devised works, we love working with diverse crews of artists in multiple disciplines to create pieces that are strange, unconventional, and challenging for both audience and artist. We generally produce 2-3 full shows a year in addition to short-run pieces and a once-a-year theatre festival. For more on our past shows, check out our archive.






Pulse salon, May 2014



Run by Carly J Bales, Pulse is a regularly-occurring salon for the discussion and development of performance art work in Baltimore. The salons will feature 2-3 performance artists a month and are open to everyone. The aim of these salons are to provide a consistent outlet for performance artists to creating new work and connecting with fellow performers. Pulse also welcomes the larger public to experience and participate in the development of these works-in-progress. Building off of these salons, EMP Collective hosts larger, curated performance events quarterly. JOIN HERE.






Cans n Drafts Workshop Reading



Led by Brad Cartwright, Cans n Drafts is a writing workshop series and development program dedicated to the production of new work. Cans n Drafts provides a staging ground for experimentation, growth, and risk-taking in a nurturing and collaborative setting.  This series includes: low-cost writing workshops; special weekend workshops; public staged readings; and project development from idea to fully-produced work at our space.






Catalyst, March 2014



Overseen by Carly J Bales, EMP Collective produces exhibitions from visual artists in their main gallery space. We also offer opportunities for guest curators through our Curator Series. Gallery exhibitions run 6-8 weeks. Due to staffing constraints, the gallery currently has hours by appointment only unless otherwise noted.

Contact for a time to view works (or to become an EMP volunteer!).





Tetsuo screening from the "It Came From...WITHIN" film series, November 2011

TETSUO screening from the “It Came From…WITHIN” film series



Curated by writer and filmmaker Joshua Buursma, EMP’s Odd Tuesdays Cineclub is dedicated to a proposition: That not all films are created equal; that some are weirder, sweeter, kinkier, and crankier than others; and that among these films are established cult favorites, essential art house classics, and more recent work that’s only begun to gather a following.  In an age when media too often atomize us rather than bring us together, when we’re more likely to watch movies (especially older movies) alone on our devices rather than with a flesh-and-blood audience, it’s more urgent than ever that we deliberately come together and make seeing movies a show again.  Odd Tuesdays Cineclub: Come and See.