Artists Retreat

In March 2019, we held our fourth annual artist retreat in Bumpass, Virginia. Through this one-week retreat, Unexpected Stage provides a space for artists from Maryland and the surrounding area to create. Past attendees have included playwright Audrey Cefaly; poets Michael Glaser, Le Hinton, Kim Roberts, and Cliff Lynn; performers Alex Vernon, Sarah Olmsted Thomas, and Claire Schoonover; and director Clare Shaffer.

Our next retreat will be held in Spring 2020. Space is limited, and Maryland visual and performing artists and writers are encouraged to apply. Artists are asked to provide their own food during their stay, but otherwise there is no cost to the attendee.

For more information about the retreat, or to learn how to apply, please email We look forward to hearing from you!