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The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and enlighten, entertain and enrich a diverse community. Thirty-one years later, the theatre has evolved from a touring company operating from the trunk of Mr. Hawkins' car to being one of Houston's finest historical cultural institutions. The Ensemble is one of the only professional theatres in the region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience, the oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, and holds the distinction of being one of the nation's largest African American theatres owning and operating its facility and producing in-house. The Ensemble Theatre has fulfilled and surpassed the vision of its founder, and continues to expand and create innovative programs to bring African American theatre to a myriad of audiences. The programs and operations of The Ensemble Theatre benefit a multicultural audience that is diverse in age, income, ethnicity, and culture. Its core audience is African American ( 90% ). The Ensemble produces a Mainstage Season of six contemporary and classical works devoted to the portrayal of the African American experience by local and national playwrights and artists. The Ensemble's Performing Arts Education program provides educational workshops, artist-in-residence experiences, and live performances for students both off-site and at the theatre, and the Young Performers Program offers intensive summer training for youth ages 7 to 17 encompassing instruction in all disciplines of the theatre arts. Through its varied programs, The Ensemble reaches over 60, 000 people annually.
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Phone: (713) 520-0055

Primary Phone: (713) 520-0055

Fax: (713) 520-1269

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South Central Houston, Midtown

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I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THE RENTAL OF THIS FACILITY (PERFORMANCE CENTER) NOT EVEN TO SOMEONE I HATE!!! I had my reception here August of 2009 and the room was scorching hot!!! Wilda Jackson the event coordinator told us that the room will get warm when people/vendors start going in and out but she just said that to reel us in, the room was very, very hot; and this was not her first wedding here so I knew she knew how hot it was going to be. And the most shocking part about this is the air condition was working just fine in the front of the building were a play was being healed. If you want an reception were your guest are approaching you with beads of sweat on their face and complaints all night about the heat rent this place. If not please take your money and go elsewhere; it is worth spending the extra change!!!!



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Great productions

Great venue. Top performances. I've seen two shows here now, and we had a great time. ""Ain't Misbehavin"" was wonderful, and the singing blew me off my feet.



Provided by Citysearch - 

I have seen about 12 shows here, and they were great. The building is very good for the compact size. You feel like you are right on the stage with the actors. When there is a fight scene you duck, when there is a love scene you pucker. All the facilities work adn are first rate.



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Assemble at the Ensemble

Splendid performances in very comfortable surroundings with a flavor of ""old"" Houston.