The Ensemble Theatre is preparing for its summer Young Performers Program, a summer training program for youth ages 6-17. Two, four week sessions are held where the youth learn acting skills, music, dance, technical aspect of theatre production, and more. This self-esteem building program culminates in the youth presenting a professional production of their own in front of their family and other patrons. Sessions will be held June 2-28, 2014 and June 30 – July 26, 2014. For More Info Contact Teresa White, firstname.lastname@example.org
Many alumni from the program have gone on to have success in college and in their professional careers extending beyond the arts. Most recently, Joshua Levi, a former program participant was seen as a finalist on the television show X Factor. Other Ensemble Theatre young performers Raiya Goodman, John Hall, Tyne Dickson and Tah’ Janae Merchant were recently accepted into the (HSPVA) High School for Performing and Visual Arts.
Each year The Ensemble Theatre recognizes one of its former Young Performers Program participants as its Rising Star award recipient along with celebrities, corporations, and local community members for their contributions to the arts and support of The Ensemble Theatre in becoming one of Houston’s premiere historical cultural institutions. This year’s gala will be held Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown – Houston.
The Ensemble Theatre celebrated its 2013-2014 Annual Heart of the Theatre appreciation event, Monday, March 3, 2014. The day kicked off with a corporate luncheon were Ensemble Board President Micheal Helm gave a report on the impact corporate and individual donor support has had in the growth of the theatre as a stable business and major influence in the Midtown community. Interim Executive Director Jill Jewitt of MATCH (Midtown Arts & Theatre Center Houston), spoke about the forthcoming arts space soon to break ground near the theatre. Janette Cosley, Ensemble Executive Director serves on the executive director selection committee for MATCH; and Eileen J. Morris, Ensemble Artistic Director serves as chair of the Midtown Management District’s Cultural Arts Committee.
The day culminated in a performance by Kim Coles, The Ensemble Theatre’s 2013 Actress of the Year honoree, returning to Houston with her one-woman show entitled: Oh But Wait…There’s More! Over 300 subscribers and donors were in attendance for this special event hosted by The Ensemble’s board, staff, and artists as an extension of gratitude for their support of the theatre’s programs year round.
The Ensemble Theatre is preparing for its August 16, 2014 Annual Black Tie Gala and Fundraiser where celebrities, corporations, and local community members will be recognized for their contributions to the arts and support of The Ensemble Theatre in becoming one of Houston’s premiere historical cultural institutions.