YP Summer 2022

Session 1: June 6-10
Session 2: June 13-July 1
Session 3: July 5-23
Session 4: July 25-29

YP is back...virtual and in-person! Get ready for tons of fun with our Young Performers' Summer classes focusing on dance, music and theater.

Acting Classes

Using the Plays of August Wilson
with Wayne DeHart

Explore the depths of several great plays while applying techniques needed for effective scene work. This course is appropriate for all skill levels. (For adults 17 +)

Single Black Female

APRIL 9 - MAY 8, 2022

Lisa Thompson’s two-woman show exploring the lives of thirty-something African American middle class women in urban America as they search for love, clothes and dignity. (R - Comedy)

Sarah Sings A Love Story

JUNE 30 - JULY 31, 2022

A musical play that chronicles and celebrates the extraordinary love affair forged between a couple, Elaine and Russell, who have been married for over 30 years along with the music, travails, and life of Sarah Vaughan. (PG - Play with Music)

2021-2022 Season Logo

Welcome to The Ensemble Theatre

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. Decades 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. READ MORE...


This 45th Anniversary Season is layered with nuanced voices that scream Respect: A Musical Journey of Women, creating an unforgettable holiday offering in Motown Christmas while celebrating the Houston legacy of The Lawsons so that every Single Black Female can bear witness to the humanity engaged in Brother Toad while Sarah Sings A Love Song serving as a muse to the indelible impression of the incomparable jazz singer, Sarah Vaughn.