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  Media Release
CONTACT:  Robert Ross
  April 20, 2015
(713) 807-4306/ 713-520-0055
  For Immediate Release

The Ensemble Theatre Enriching Youth with Performing Arts Education

HOUSTON (April 20, 2015) – The Ensemble Theatre prepares for youth enrichment through its Young Performers Program 2015 summer sessions.

The Young Performers Program (YPP) is for young people ages (6–17) who desire to explore their creative and artistic talents.  Classes are held in theatre, dance, music, and technical theatre with a culminating performance. This summer includes two, month-long sessions:

Summer Session I: June 8- July 3, 2015
Summer Session II: July 6-August 1, 2015

The sessions are Monday thru Friday, 8:00a.m. -  4:00p.m. with the option to enroll in an extended day of workshops. Parents may register their children now for single or multiple sessions.

Applications are available now:

The Ensemble Theatre,
3535 Main St.
Houston, TX, 77002

or downloaded from The Ensemble Theatre website: .  

Call Teresa White, Artistic Associate at 713-870-4309,  for additional information.

Stars of today who were young performers program participants include: Solange Knowles, Brandon and Jason Dirden, Ashley Tamar Davis, and Letoya Luckett.

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, medicine, education, community and politics, allowing them to use their early learned theatre techniques in their chosen fields.

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.