Timoth David Copney has a lifetime of experience in theater. A classically trained dancer, he is a veteran of several Equity tours; a Canadian television series; and more than 50 productions in the Baltimore area as a dancer, director, choreographer, singer and actor. He has served as a theater columnist for Baltimore Gay Life magazine, vice president of the Baltimore Theatre Alliance, and president and artistic director of Liberty Showcase Theatre.
1. Tell us about your involvement in Baltimore theater and what makes this community unique.
When I moved to Baltimore in 1998, I had been away from the theater scene for a few years. In 2000, I saw an ad for auditions for Scott Black’s Dinner Theatre in Towson, decided it was time I got back to work and was lucky enough to get cast. I’ve been working ever since. I’ve choreographed major productions for Baltimore City Community College, Morgan State University and a good many local theater companies, as well as directing, producing or appearing in productions all over the area. Baltimore’s greatest asset is the huge amount of non-union talent available to the theater community. Broadway-caliber performers are everywhere in Baltimore.
2. What Baltimore theater production are you most looking forward to this year?
There are a number of productions that I’m really looking forward to. On equity stages there are productions of “Beautiful” and “Finding Neverland” at the Hippodrome that I’d love to see. Locally produced productions I’m excited for are “Steel Magnolias” at Heritage Players and “The Wiz” and “Spring Awakening” at Spotlighters.
3. How would you plan a theater night for someone new to Baltimore?
I’d start with cocktails at Grand Central, then dinner at Marie Louise – one of my favorite restaurants – then check out one of the productions either in or within 10 minutes of Mount Vernon. That would include Spotlighters, Theatre Project, ArtsCentric, Everyman and Center Stage, to name a few places.
4. What’s your favorite thing about Baltimore?
I love the mix of lifestyles that all seem to mesh so well. Being black and gay, I think it’s great that I’m so completely at home living in our suburban neighborhood, original Northwood, where my husband and I are just another couple, not that “weird interracial gay couple.”
5. What makes Baltimore an LGBT-friendly destination?
Baltimore has always been LGBT friendly to me personally. Folks from the LGBT community find our public venues, restaurants, theaters and stores to be incredibly welcoming. We’re so used to everything from the mundane to the outrageous in Baltimore, visitors feel at home and fit right in. There is a reason they call it “Charm City”!
Special Events & Exhibitions
Light City Baltimore
March 31 – April 8, 2017
Building on the incredible success of its inaugural year, Light City Baltimore returns! Charm City will host the second iteration of Light City Baltimore, America’s first large-scale international light, music and innovation festival. For nine consecutive nights, the free public festival will redefine what is possible in the public realm by transforming Baltimore into a playground of 22 large-scale light art installations, 50 concerts and 150 performances. Central to Light City, is the BGE Light Art Walk, a 1.5-mile trail along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor featuring illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, pop-up performances, musical entertainment, locally sourced food concepts and maker tents. Equally exciting, the magic of Light City will extend to eight distinct neighborhoods through an immersive community artist-in-residence program.
Black History Month
Starting with the 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade on January 16, Baltimore celebrates the central role African Americans have played in shaping the city’s diverse heritage. A month of special events, exhibitions and programs throughout February marks the African American community’s many contributions to the city, state and nation. On February 18, Visit Baltimore will celebrate African American history and culture with a Legends & Legacies Jubilee at the recently renovated Baltimore Visitor Center along the Inner Harbor promenade.
Baltimore Restaurant Week
January 13-22, 2017
Baltimore offers a unique dining experience that encourages guests to dine their way through the city. Participating restaurants offer specially selected three-course lunch and dinner prix-fixe menu options as the city celebrates its diversity in dining.
Center Stage Grand Reopening
Center Stage, 700 North Calvert Street
February 24, 2017
Mary Zimmerman’s “The White Snake,” an adaptation of a Chinese fable, will mark the grand public reopening of the redesigned Head Theater. The $28 million renovation also includes a new entry plaza and first floor lobby. The upcoming season features the world premiere of “Jazz,” based on the book by Toni Morrison, running from May 19-June 25.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street
March 5-May 29, 2017
This exhibition provides a haunting look at the pre-20th-century history of this Polish town and how it became one of the most notorious places in the world. Three exhibits provide insight into an infamous era that forever changed civilization.
Where to Stay
With more than 25 TAG-approved hotels and over 10 IGLTA partner accommodations, choices range from quaint B&Bs and boutique hotels to larger upscale hotels and extended stay properties.
Sagamore Pendry Baltimore Hotel (Slated to debut February 2017)
1715 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
In collaboration with Sagamore Development Company, the development enterprise of Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank, Pendry Hotels is developing its first East Coast hotel, Sagamore Pendry Baltimore on the historic Fell’s Point Recreation Pier. Built in 1914, the building originally served as a dance hall and social and educational hub for Baltimore immigrants. It once housed the harbormaster’s office and served as a working pier for ships bringing in deliveries from Europe. The three-story luxury boutique hotel will feature 128 rooms, a restored ballroom for weddings and private events, and over 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. James Beard Award–winning chef Andrew Carmellini will partner with Sagamore to create the hotel’s food concepts, which will include a three-meal restaurant, whiskey bar, and an outdoor pool with a bar and grill.
Where to Dine
Baltimore's culinary scene is drawing rave reviews from around the globe, including those from Zagat and Wine Enthusiast naming Baltimore a top food destination. From the Inner Harbor to our trendy, historic and hip neighborhoods throughout the city, dining options in Baltimore have expanded in recent years to feature a veritable smorgasbord of cuisines and a range of stylish environments to suit every taste.
1425 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
The newest concept from Foreman Wolf, Bar Vasquez celebrates the holy trinity of Argentine cooking: meat, fire and seasonal ingredients. The restaurant took over the industrial warehouse space Pazo once held, but still maintains the seamless mix of casual in the downstairs bar and lounge with formal in the upstairs fine-dining area. The menu also offers something for everyone from small plates of ceviche, croquetas and Argentine street pizza to main courses focused around grilled meats and game.