The Ensemble Theatre


Eileen J. Morris, Artistic Director

Janette L. Cosley, Executive Director

Kathy Kelley, Development Director

Robert J. Ross, Audience Development/Public Relations

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Submission Policy:

Email Kedrick Brown at [email protected] for an audition appointment.

Theater Types:

Touring, New Work


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. Over thirty-five years later, the theatre has evolved from a touring company operating from the trunk of Mr. Hawkins’ car to being one of Houston’s finest historical cultural institutions. The Ensemble is one of the only 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, and holds the distinction of being one of the nation’s largest African American theatres owning and operating its facility and producing in-house. 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 a myriad of audiences.