Theaters & Cinemas in Houston, TX
The Ensemble Theatre was established in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and enlighten, entertain and enrich a diverse community. Thirty-one years later, the theatre has evolved from a touring firm operating from the trunk of Mr. Hawkins car to being one of Houston's best historical cultural institutions.
read moreWe are preparing to launch our 2020-2021 season this November. Other programming includes our Celebrating the Creative Journey Community Engagement Series full of digital and live events. Your safety is important to us and we are taking every measure to keep us all close in heart while we social distance.
read moreInfluenced by the African American Theatre Movement of the 1960s and 70s, George Hawkins founded a black theatre company in 1976 in Houston, Texas. He observed that professional roles were few and far between for black actors, and his frustration led him to create his own company, then known as The Black Ensemble Company. Hawkins' goal was to create a theatre that would provide diverse roles for black artists. Determined to move his theatre in a direction different from other mainstream theatres, Hawkins focused on themes about black life.