Black Ensemble Theater

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Mahalia Jackson: Moving Through The Light
Musical
Runs Mar 02Apr 14, 2019

Mahalia Jackson was considered the greatest gospel singer in the world. Her deep rich voice made her an international star. We learn through this riveting tribute to her …

Lena: In Tribute to Lena Horne
Musical
Runs May 11Jun 30, 2019

With a career that spanned roughly 70 years – Lena Horne is a legend with many life lessons from which we can learn. Join us for a true …

You Can’t Fake the Funk (From James Brown to Parliament)
Musical
Runs Jul 20Sep 08, 2019

Hop on the “Mothership” as we journey back when Afro’s were big, bellbottoms were tight, and the music was out of sight. You Can’t Fake the Funk (From …

Songs in the Key of Stevie
Musical
Runs Oct 05Nov 17, 2019

Prodigy, genius and phenomenon are just a few of the words used to describe the amazing Stevie Wonder! This show is a musical journey that pays tribute to …

The Other Cinderella
Musical
Runs Dec 14, 2019Jan 26, 2020

The Other Cinderella is a Black Ensemble classic that has been enjoyed by people of all colors, kinds and ages. In this African American rendition of this African …

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The mission of the Black Ensemble Theater is to eradicate racism and its damaging effects upon our society through the utilization of theater arts. BE achieves its mission through productions and programs that perpetuate the history of the African American people, while reaching out to a cross-cultural audience and serving disenfranchised communities. The Black Ensemble Theater’s theatrical productions and educational outreach programs have been featured in the New York Times, The New York Post, Crain’s Chicago Business, Jet and Ebony, just to name a few.
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