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  Media Release
CONTACT:  Robert Ross
  September 1, 2016
(713) 807-4306/ 713-520-0055
  For Immediate Release

The Ensemble Theatre Enriches Youth with Performing Arts Education

HOUSTON (September 1, 2016) – The Ensemble Theatre kicks off its 2016 -2017 Young Performers Program,  Touring and  Education performances, and acting classes for the school year.

The Young Performers Program (YPP) is for young people ages (6–17) who desire to explore their creative and artistic talents. Sessions are held during winter, spring, and summer breaks.  Dates for the four sessions are:
Winter Break: Dec. 19-30, 2016
Spring Break: March 13 - 17, 2017
Summer Session I: June 5 - July 1, 2017
Summer Session II: July 5 – 29, 2017

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:  

Additional Information:
Teresa White, Artistic Associate 713-807-4309/

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 tool 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 Touring and Education Program offers an artist in residency program for 6-12 weeks of in-school artistic workshops and teacher resources; Wednesday morning matinee performances for seniors and student to attend a mainstage performance; and includes a repertoire of educationally themed plays available for field trip to the theatre or on-campus performances. This season’s educational shows include: Wiley and the Hairy Man, Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit, Anansi and the Talking Melon, I,Barbara Jordan, The Toys Takeover Christmas,  and The Rosa Parks Story.  The touring and education program includes a special off-book series designed to promote literacy using Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and other classic plays. Finally, the program offers a series of family friendly children’s theatre for children of all ages that include special workshops and activities.

Children’s Theatre Performances include:

Anansi the Spider and the Middle Passage/ Time and Time Again
September 10th and 17th 10:00am and 1:00PM Tickets: $10

Wiley and the Hairy Man (HALLOWEEN MAYHEM)
Includes: Trick-or-Treating, Face Painting, Costume Contest, Spine-tingling Story Time, and Puppet Making workshop.
Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 11:00am Tickets: $10


The Toys Take Over Christmas (HOLIDAY WONDERMENT)
Includes: Charity Toy Drive, Pictures with Santa, and a Mask Making workshop
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 11:00am

Additional Information:
Adrian Porter, Touring and Education Coordinator 713-807-4317/ or Teresa White, Artistic Associate 713-807-4309/

Acting Classes for youth and adults provide concentrated training in auditioning, character development, monologues, cold reading, and how to build a resume and headshots. All classes are held at The Ensemble Theatre 3535 Main St. Houston, TX 77002

Youth Acting Class
Ages: 10-17 years old
Saturdays, October 15-December 3, 2016
Saturdays, January 21 – March 11, 2017
10:00AM - Noon
Cost - $275

Adult Acting Class
Ages: 18+
Mondays, October 17-December 5, 2016
January 23 – March 13, 2017
Noon - 2:00PM
Cost - $275

Additional Information:
Adrian Porter, Touring and Education Coordinator 713-807-4317/ or Teresa White, Artistic Associate 713-807-4309/

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.