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CONTACT:  Robert Ross
August 17, 2015
(713) 807-4306/ 713-520-0055
For Immediate Release

The Ensemble Theatre Celebrated its 2015 Giorgee Awards

Gala Honorees Irma P. Hall and Katlynn Simone Join the Celebration

HOUSTON (August 17, 2015) – The Ensemble Theatre celebrated its 2015 Giorgee Awards as part of its Annual Celebrity Gala weekend, August 16, 2015. The Giorgee’s are the theatre’s version of the Tony Awards, held each year to recognize the top actors, directors, and designers from the previous season. Gala honorees Irma P. Hall and Katlynn Simone remained in Houston an extra day to join the ongoing festivities at the theatre.

Details:            Gala celebrity honorees Irma P. Hall, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, captured the audience with her one of her original poems, and presented the Giorgee awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Leading Actor; Katlynn Simone, who received the Rising Star Award, presented the Giorgee awards for Best Stage Manager and Best Supporting Actor, and performed “Do You Hear What I Hear,” a song from The Ensemble Theatre’s upcoming holiday show Stepp Stewart’s A Soulful Christmas:

    • Kendrick “KayB” Brown, Best Leading Actor, as Chet, Fly
    • Detria Ward, Best Leading Actress, as Eve Madison, What I Learned in Paris
    • Kendrick “KayB” Brown, Best Supporting Actor, as John Nelson, What I Learned in Paris
    • Cynthia Brown-Garcia, Best Supporting Actress, as Lena Jefferson, What I Learned in Paris
    • Anthony Boggess-Glover, Best Male Actor in a Musical, George, Trav’lin the 1930’s Harlem Musical
    • Regina Hearne, Best Actress in a Musical, Billie, Trav’lin the 1930’s Harlem Musical
    • Kris Phelps, Best Lighting Design, Fly
    • Andrea Brookes, Best Costume Design, What I Learned in Paris     
    • Jac Jones, Best Set Design, Fly
    • Arianna Day, Best Stage Manager, A Soulful Christmas
    • Allie Woods, Best Director, Fly  
    • Fly, Best Production

The Ensemble Theatre also recognized Willie Mae Phllips with the Volunteer of the Year Award. Theatre appreciation awards were presented to Ensemble Founder George Hawkin’s Alma Mater Prairie View A & M University and Texas Southern University for their history of financial support and partnerships for student development in the arts.

Other performances throughout the program were: a song from The Ensemble Theatre Young Performers show A Star is Bourne;and excerpts from the theatre’s upcoming season including the romantic comedy Platanos Y Collard Greens, Fences, Detroit ’67, and Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing.

Ensemble Theatre veteran artist and long-time supporter Errol Anthony Wilks and Ensemble Young Performers Program Kyle Mosley were the event emcees.

Photo Credit:    David Bray
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 six 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 6 to 17 encompassing instruction in all disciplines of the theatre arts.