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CONTACT:  Robert Ross
  September 24, 2018
(713) 310-1648/ 713-520-0055
  For Immediate Release

The Ensemble Theatre Showcases Houston Artists in Special Project Series “Celebrating the Creative Journey

HOUSTON (September 24, 2018) – The Ensemble Theatre hosts its second annual special project series “Celebrating the Creative Journey,” with its ongoing variety of stage readings, master classes, film screenings, and special performances September 2018 – June 2019, 3535 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002.

“It is our duty as one of Houston’s professional performing arts institutions to cultivate the next generation of performers, administrators, designers, and technicians,” says Eileen J. Morris, The Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director. “The cultivation of new leaders helps us evolve by inviting new ideas, harnessing new skills, and encouraging artistic innovation.”

Celebrating the Creative Journey
Monthly Project Schedule: September 2018- June 2019

The Ensemble Theatre
3535 Main St. Houston, TX 77002


Project Type


Monday, October 15, 2018

Stage Reading

Hospice and Pointing at the Moon
by Pearl Cleage
Directed by Eileen J. Morris

These two one-act plays are set 30 years apart and explore mother daughter relationships as Jenny Anderson longs to understand her mother and find her own voice.

Saturday, October 27, 2018,
9:00AM - 3:30PM

BOLD Master Class – Adult Men and Women

Master class sessions include: Acting, Directing, State Management, Set Design, and Lighting Design

BOLD MASTER CLASS is supported by the BOLD Theatre Women's Leadership Circle, an initiative to support and promote women's theatre leadership funded by the Pussycat Foundation.

November 3,2018, 12:00PM - 3:00PM

BOLD Master Class – Teen Girls


Monday, November 19, 2018


Stage Reading


Chain and Late Bus to Mecca
by Pearl Cleage
Directed by Yunina Barbour-Payne

Chain tells the story of Rosa, a sixteen-year-old crack addict, whose parents have chained her inside the house in a desperate attempt to keep her away from drugs.

Late Bus to Mecca explores the relationship of two women who meet in the bus station and find their lives suddenly joined in unexpected ways. 

December 3-9

Artist Project

Celebrating the Creative Journey will host a featured project by Ensemble Theatre Artist Andre Neal entitled: Just a Little Love.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Film Screening

The Long Shadow
by Frances Causey

In this powerful documentary, the filmmakers, both privileged daughters of the South, who were haunted by their families’ slave owning pasts, passionately seek the hidden truth and the untold stories of how America—guided by the South's powerful political influence—steadily, deliberately and at times secretly, established white privilege in our institutions, laws, culture and economy.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Annual Community Celebration

Heart of the Theatre

Monday, March 11, 2019, 6:00PM

Film Screening

The Ensemble Theatre continues its screening of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG)  Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project highlighting 9 of the nation’s trailblazing founders of minority theatre groups. This year’s featured leaders from the series include: Tisa Chang, Miriam Colon, Luis Valdez, Frank Chin

March 25-31, 2019

Artist Project

Celebrating the Creative Journey will host a featured independent project Ensemble Theatre Artist Yunina Barbour Payne entitled: The Legend of Mountain Mama.

Saturday, April 20, 2019, 7pm

Annual Poetry Showcase

Dramatry: A Night of Dramatic Poetry
The Ensemble Theatre Act One Young Professionals host their annual poetry showcase featuring a selection of Houston area poets.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Stage Reading

Force Continuum
by Kia Corthron
Directed by Don Wilson Glenn

An African-American police officer struggles with the contradictions of his race and profession while confronting the black community he is bound to protect and being haunted by his cop father’s violent death.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Stage Reading

Smart People
by Lydia Diamond
Directed by Kendrick Brown

One the eve of Barack Obama’s 2008 election, four Cambridge residents with the best of intentions to broach an explorative dialogue on racism, find that issues of self-awareness, identity, and race are stumbling blocks that even “smart people” can’t seem to avoid.

Sunday, June 17, 2019

Stage Reading

Crumbs From the Table of Joy
by Lynn Nottage
Rebecca Uden

This break out play for Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage is the coming of age story of a young Black girl whose family is finding its way through the Brooklyn of 1950, as she teeters between filtering her life experiences through the fantasy of movies and learning the real poetry and pain of the world.

Celebrating the Creative Journey is a series of special projects and presentations The Ensemble Theatre has planned outside its main stage season. The upcoming stage readings, exploratory works, and collaborative ventures are designed to showcase developing productions, cultivate new artists, and expose audiences to the variety of artistic expression Houston has to offer

Celebrating the Creative Journey is generously funded in part by Texas Commission on the Arts.

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 hailed as 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. The Young Performers Program offers intensive summer training for children ages 6 to 17 encompassing instruction in all disciplines of the theatre arts.