e-logoWhat do we mean when we say thank you for your support?

You are at the top of our thoughts as we take a pause to draw near to our families and share in this celebratory time of year. You are an extended family to The Ensemble Theatre as an institution collectively supported by the community, and to each of our board, staff, artists and volunteers whom you encounter.

We are diligent in our efforts to express our gratitude for your sponsorships, donations, subscriptions, and other support you provide to the theatre. However, what we are really thanking you for is the relationship we have with you. Our encounters are much deeper than a transaction.

Over time we’ve shared in our excitement for the theatre’s performances and special events; we’ve shared in our feedback where we believe there is room for growth; and we may even share a moment where we’ve experienced illness or loss, an anniversary, or an introduction to a relative visiting from out of town.

It’s the human connection that endears us closer through the shared experience of fulfilling The Ensemble Theatre mission to preserve African American artistic expression, and to enlighten, entertain, and enrich a diverse community. It’s knowing that your support helps provide employment for the artists and staff; it’s the joy you feel when you hear how your support has helped provide opportunities for youth to explore and experience the arts; it’s the feeling of achievement when you see the physical results of your support through a successfully run production or a facility improvement finally completed; and it’s the confidence in knowing the leadership and staff entrusted with the daily operations of one of your favorite institutions are doing their part in managing the community’s investment.

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A NEw BEginning for BEginning Actors – Intro to Acting

Brod J and Beginning Actor
Brod J and Beginning Actor

The beginner’s acting class began January 28th, 2013 and will run until March 11th, 2013.  Taking place inside the The Ensemble auditorium, it has been jam-packed with a wealth of basic knowledge about the theatre.  Broderick Jones, aka “Brod J”, delivers a premium package of academics as he teaches about the great Thespis, the first known actor according to Greek antiquity; and limelight, the main ingredient inside candles when candles were used to illuminate the stage and actors. Hence the phrase, “step into the limelight”.  He includes theatre dynamics, teaching about the three types of stages – presidium, where the stage faces the audience; a thrust, a catwalk stage; and an arena, where the audience surrounds the entire stage. Brod J runs through a grocery list of general theatre vocabulary, which will be up to the student to master; before he transitions the class into acting scenarios.  This is where the fun begins.

His class is given a reading to orate once.  After that, Brod J throws a twist to draw out feelings and characteristics from inside the student, the likes of which has probably never been experienced by the beginning actor. If the student is reserved and timid, Brod J will say, “Ok, now give me ghetto attitudinal, and I need to hear you at the back of the theatre.”  His teaching method proves effective as he gives the right mixture of pressure and flexibility to get his class to project.  Brod J instructs the student to run in place while reciting the ABC’s.  By the time the actor is finished jogging, her breath is so heavy, that all she can do is project while she reads her lines.

It’s amazing to watch Brod J is his natural element.  He is a true actor and a profound acting coach.  No experience is necessary to join his class.  Keep The Ensemble Theatre’s Beginning Actors class on your radar for upcoming classes