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CONTACT:  Robert Ross
November 11, 2015
(713) 807-4306/ 713-520-0055
For Immediate Release

The Ensemble Theatre Partners with ACTing Up Studios to Present Houston’s Disturbing The Peace Youth Poetry Slam and Showcase

HOUSTON (November 11, 2015) –- The Ensemble Theatre and ACTing Up Studios presents Houston’s Disturbing The Peace Youth Poetry Slam and Showcase, Thursday, December 17, 2015, 7:00 PM, in The Ensemble Performance Centre 3535 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002.

Disturbing The Peace (DTP) is a city wide competition in its third year with ACTingUp Studios that features creative talent of youth poets in the Houston poetry community. The evening kicks off with a showcase of students performing poetry and theatrical skits, and features a slam poetry competition for 9th to 12th grade students or youth ages 16-20. There are a limited number of slots available.

Poets may register to enter the competition at:

“The program provides an outlet for youth to develop their craft and build a presence as performance artists and life leaders,” says Palmore. “Disturbing the Peace becomes the premiere creative platform for student performances to be showcased following each semester.”

Disturbing the Peace will be hosted by Joe.P, and will include a panel of guest judges who will select the top three winners to receive awards and prizes.

Disturbing The Peace Poetry Slam and Showcase Thursday, December  17, 2015, 7:00 PM The Ensemble Theatre – Performance Centre 3535 Main Street Houston, TX 77002 Tickets:  General $15 and Students $10 with I.D.  or Event Contact: Darnetta D. Nelson 313-673-4682 or

ACTing Up Studios is an Artist-in-Residence program founded by Joseph “Joe.P” Palmore to provide the City of Houston and surrounding area high schools with a curriculum that fuses Poetry and Theatre to promote literacy, self-confidence, and leadership among youth.

Palmore has been working in the Houston arts community for 10 years. He has performed with The Ensemble Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre, and the Alley Theatre, in addition to establishing ACTing Up Studios to provide quality educational opportunities and creative experiences that transform lives.

The partnership between The Ensemble Theatre and ACTing Up Studios comes as a result of Palmore’s relationship with The Ensemble and Artistic Director Eileen J. Morris. He has participated in the theatre’s educational programming and was most recently seen in Fly, a performance celebrating the lives of the Tuskegee Airmen, and will be seen this season on Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67.

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. Thirty-nine years later, the theatre has evolved from a small touring company to one of Houston’s finest historical cultural institutions.

The Ensemble is one of a few professional theatres in the region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience. The oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, it holds the distinction of being one of the nation’s largest African American theatres owning and operating its facility and producing in-house. Board President Emeritus Audrey Lawson led the capital campaign for The Ensemble’s $4.5 million building renovations that concluded in 1997. The Ensemble Theatre has fulfilled and surpassed the vision of its founder and continues to expand and create innovative programs to bring African American theatre to myriad audiences.