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Join us for our upcoming BOLD Adult Master Class!

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Men and Women 18+)

Classes will be facilitated by a roster of dynamic women who, combined, have over 1000+ productions to their credit.

Meet our Team

Ifa Bayeza


Ifa Bayeza is an award-winning theatre artist and novelist. Her critically acclaimed drama The Ballad of Emmett Till premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 2008. The West Coast premiere at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles garnered six Ovation Awards, four Drama Desk Critics’ Circle Awards and the Backstage Garland Award for Best Playwriting. Bayeza has expanded The Ballad into The Till Trilogy, recounting the epic Civil Rights saga in three distinct dramas, premiering at Mosaic Theatre Co…

Brittny Bush

Teaching Artists

Brittny Bush is a local Houston Actor and Teaching Artist. She is a native Houstonian and graduated from the University of Houston with a BA in Theater in 2004. She immediately began acting professionally with Interactive Theater Company, joining their educational tour in schools and also performing on their Main Stage. Ms. Bush has performed with many local theater companies through the years, including – Main Street Theater; Catastrophic Theatre Company; Classical Theater Company (Company Member); Next Iteration Ensemble (readings)…

Regina Taylor

Playwright & Actress

Regina TaylorWith an impressive body of work that encompasses film, television, theater and writing, Regina Taylor’s career continues to evolve with exciting and challenging projects. Taylor is best known to television audiences for her role as Lilly Harper in the series "I'll Fly Away." She received many accolades for her performance in the show including winning a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama…

Elizabeth Van Dyke

Director & Actress

Elizabeth Van Dyke is an award winning Director and Actress and is grateful to be back at The Ensemble where she directed: A RAISIN IN THE SUN; WAITING TO BE INVITED, GEE’S BEND; & THE BALLAD OF EMMETT TILL (Giorgee Award, Best Director); Other directorial credits include: GROWING WILD, BY THE WAY; MEET VERA STARK; A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS;ABIGAIL 1702; BLOOD; UNTAMED: BODY, HAIR, ATTITUDE; THE TALK; THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS MAN ON THE MOON MARIGOLDS; RADIO GOLF; GEM…

Toni Whitaker

Costume Designer

Toni WhitakerA native of Camden, South Carolina, Toni Whitaker has made for over thirty years a creative impact on the city of Houston, Texas where her design career accomplishments range from creating elegant attire for Houston’s best dressed socialites to creating original costumes for theatrical productions for the Ensemble Theater, Main Street Theater and the Houston Ebony Opera Guild to recently mentoring young designers in innovative incubator projects. Whitaker received the B.S. in Textile Technology from North Carolina State University…

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