Love & Southern D!scomfort

SEPT 22 - OCT 16, 2022

Set in the steamy and sultry backdrop of rural Louisiana, the death of the family matriarch creates crisis for her heirs. Dissension among family members leads to jealousy, joy, pain, and love. Fast-paced and emotional, Love & Southern D!scomfort unfolds like a soap opera through drama and original contemporary music that will leave you with thoughts of your own family ties!

New Voices Fest

OCTOBER 28-30, 2022

Featuring Selected Plays from the New Voices Fest Script Submissions

The Ensemble Theatre Annual Gala

SATURDAY OCTOBER 15, 2022 • 7:00 PM

Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel
2001 Post Oak Blvd.Houston, TX 77056

Giorgee Awards & Subscriber Party

SUNDAY OCTOBER 16, 2022 • 12:00-2:00 PM

For last season’s and this season’s current subscribers.
The Ensemble Theatre Performance Center
3535 Main Street • Houston, Texas 77002

18th Annual Golf Tournament


Save the date for our 18th Annual Golf Tournament supporting theatre youth initiatives.

A Motown Christmas

NOV 17 - DEC 24, 2022

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with this festive holiday revue. It’s the perfect blend of traditional Christmas carols paired with the soulful sounds from such Motown celebrities as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, and The Jackson 5. This soulful play promises to bring back good memories and deliver a delightful Christmas treat for the entire family!

Paradise Blue

JAN 26 - FEB 26, 2023

Blue, a gifted trumpeter, contemplates selling his once-vibrant jazz club in Detroit’s Blackbottom neighborhood to shake free the demons of the past and better his life. But where does that leave his devoted Pumpkin, who has dreams of her own? And what does it mean for the club’s resident bebop band? When a mysterious woman with a walk that drives men mad comes to town with her own plans, everyone’s world is turned upside down. This dynamic and musically-infused drama shines light on the challenges of building a better future for generations to come.


MAR 23 - APR 16, 2023

Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award nominee Lynn Nottage’s acclaimed comedy centers around a truck stop sandwich shop which offers its formerly incarcerated kitchen staff a chance for redemption. Even as the shop’s callous owner, Clyde, tries to keep them under her thumb, the staff members are given a purpose and permission to dream by their shared quest to create the perfect sandwich.

Brother Toad

MAY 11 - JUN 4, 2023

Eighteen-year-old black high school student Marques has “narrowly survived” being shot by a white man while sitting in a car with a friend, who was killed. His uncle Randall announces an upcoming local march for safety from gun violence. The family’s reluctance to attend seems to stem from other, unclear concerns, but it’s that fear, in its many forms, that is a thread throughout this play.

Phenominal Woman

JUN 29 - JUL 30, 2023

A rolling world premiere collaboration with North Carolina Black Repertory Theatre, Hattiloo Theatre and The Ensemble Theatre, this profound musical about the life and works of Maya Angelou, delves into recurring themes in her quest, both professionally and personally. Her journey culminates in profound epiphanies woven throughout this endearing story.

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...



A Reflection of Art & STEMulating Entertainment

Saturday, October 15, 2022 • 7:00 pm
Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel
2001 Post Oak Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77056

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.