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CONTACT:  Robert Ross
  April 4, 2016
(713) 807-4306/ 713-520-0055
  For Immediate Release

The Ensemble Theatre Act One Young Professionals Kick Off
5th Annual Dramatry: A Dramatic Night of Poetry

Celebrating 5 Years Cultivating the Next Generation of Theatre Supporters

HOUSTON (April 4, 2016) – The Ensemble Theatre Act One Young Professions kick off their fifth annual poetry event entitled: Drama-try: A Dramatic Night of Poetry, Saturday, April 16, 2017, 7:00pm – Midnight at The Ensemble Theatre 3535 Main St. Houston, TX 77002.

Houston area poets lending their talents to this year’s poetry showcase include: Host Se7en the Poet along with Bar None, D.E.E.P, The Fluent One, and Miss Pinky.

Act One Young Professionals began hosting annual poetry showcase to create another platform for Houston area poets and establish a way to introduce younger audiences to The Ensemble Theatre. That endeavor has developed into a portion of the proceeds supporting a scholarship for the theatre’s Young Performers Program, a performing arts education program for youth ages 6-17.

Act One Young Professionals Present: Dramatry: A Dramatic Night of Poetry
Hip Hop Chic
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 7:00PM – Midnight

The Ensemble Theatre
3535 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002              
Advance Tickets: $15
Tickets at the Door: $20

Act One was created as a unique way to unite The Ensemble Theatre’s growing community of young artists and professionals with an increasing interest in how they can contribute to sustaining the institution. They are recognized as the theatre’s next generation of leaders who support the theatre’s annual membership campaign, as well as, volunteer and fundraising support. Achievements made since its inception include:

  • Official approval as an auxiliary group by The Ensemble Theatre Board of Directors in September 2010.
  • Growth from 56 to more than 100 members
  • More than $100,000 impact in revenue and donations for The Ensemble Theatre
  • Scholarships awarded to Young Performers ages 6-17
  • Four annual installments of Drama-try: A Dramatic Night of Poetry (a platform for Houston poet and outreach to introduce more young professionals to The Ensemble Theatre)
  • Established a pool of potential candidates for the theatre’s board succession planning resulting in two Young Professionals joining The Ensemble Theatre’s board of directors

The Ensemble Theatre's 2015-2016 Season is sponsored in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. United Airlines is the exclusive airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre.

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. In addition to being the oldest and largest professional African-American theatre in the Southwest, it also holds the distinction of being one of the nation's largest African-American theatres that owns and operates its facility with an in-house production team.

The Ensemble Theatre produces a main stage season of contemporary and classic works devoted to the portrayal of the African American experience by local and national playwrights and artists. The theatre’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 children ages six to 17 encompassing instruction in all disciplines of the theatre arts.