Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Voxel?

The Voxel is a privately owned, 8,000 square foot blackbox theater in the heart of Baltimore city. It has two missions: by day, it is the teaching center and research lab for Figure 53; by night, it is a theater, incubator, and resource for performing artists.

Can I rent the space?

No. However, the Voxel is available for artistic use through our residency program.

What’s the history of the building?

The theater was built in 1946 and was a popular destination for moviegoers through the late 1980s. It fell into disrepair and went through numerous owners until we purchased it in 2015. We performed a ground-up renovation and reopened the theater in 2020 as a blackbox theater designed for live performance.

Who is doing this?

The Voxel is a project of Figure 53, a small but mighty Baltimore-based company that makes software for the performing arts. It was built by Chris Ashworth, the founder of Figure 53.

At Figure 53, we create software used to run live performances in tens of thousands of venues and over 100 countries around the world. While our company is small, our influence on the performing arts is large. You’ll find our software in nearly every theater you can imagine: from basement venues to the world's largest arenas. Design professionals rely on us for virtually every Broadway performance, for high profile concerts, and for special events like the Olympics. Our software is what people use to put on live shows.

Residency FAQs

When will it be possible to apply for a residency?

We're working on finalizing the details and hope to announce the full application process soon. Sign up to the newsletter to hear when the application process is open.

How much does it cost to apply?

Nothing; It's free.

Do I need to re-apply each time if I did not get a slot the last time?

If your proposal hasn't changed, you do not need to re-apply. We will keep your application in the pool.

How is the Technical Residency money distributed?

The $5000 awarded for the Technical Residency will be distributed in two installments: $4000 up front, and $1000 at the end.

Why are you asking my race for the Open Residency?

When awarding Open Residencies, we are using a weighted lottery inspired by Baltimore City Councilman Ryan Dorsey’s Artist Grants. When we draw applicants’ names in our lottery, we want the lottery pool to be reflective of the racial makeup of Baltimore City.

What do you mean by “weighted lottery?”

Baltimore’s population is made up of roughly 7 persons of color for every 3 white residents. If our applicant pool is not reflective of that ratio, we will multiply names in the lottery in order to create an equitable opportunity.

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