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CONTACT:  Robert Ross
December 1, 2015
(713) 807-4306/ 713-520-0055
For Immediate Release

The Ensemble Theatre Enriching Youth with Performing Arts Education

HOUSTON (December 1, 2015) – The Ensemble Theatre starts its 2015 -2016 Young Performers Program with sessions held during Winter Break 2015 and Spring Break and Summer 2016.

The Young Performers Program (YPP) is for young people ages (6–17) who desire to explore their creative and artistic talents.  Dates for the four sessions are:

Winter Break: Dec. 21-23/ Dec. 28-30, 2015;
Spring Break: March 14 - 18, 2016
Summer Session I: June 6 - July 1, 2015
Summer Session II: July 5 – July 30, 2016

The sessions are Monday thru Friday, 8:00a.m. -  4:00p.m. Parents may register their children for any of the sessions now.

Applications are available at The Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St. Houston, TX, 77002 or they can be downloaded from The Ensemble Theatre website:  Call Teresa White, Artistic Associate at 713-870-4309,  for additional information.

Artistic Director Eileen J. Morris, along with Audrey Lawson, President Emeritus, were instrumental in initiating the Young Performers’ program — an educational training program for youth ages 6 to 17 that addresses the collaboration of art and life skills. This program has reached over 5,000 youth who have careers on Broadway, and in other areas such as law, medical, education, community and politics, allowing them to use their early learned theatre techniques in their chosen fields.

The program offers an introductory overview of the arts through theatre, dance and music motivating youth to use theatre as a means to explore and inspire. The curriculum includes: theatre performance - exposure to acting styles and techniques, as well as, behind-the-scenes technical specialties; theatre theory – an exploration of theatre as a communication too and the use of theatre to interpret stories for audiences; dance/ movement, - the use of dance and/ or body language in characterization; and music – develops an understanding of the different ways instrument and song are used in theatre.

The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and to enlighten, entertain, and enrich a diverse community. The theatre is known as the only professional theatre in its region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience. 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.  Board President Emeritus, Audrey Lawson led the capital campaign for The Ensemble’s $4.5 million building renovations that concluded in 1997.