Rashawn Thompson – “Black Ensemble Theater has taught me to be patient and mature most of all.”
Since the age of 5 or 6 I wanted to be a singer. I started to have an interest in acting at age 10 so my Dad brought me to the New Directions program at Black Ensemble Theater. When I turned 15, I moved to Indiana and was not involved with Black Ensemble for the first time since I was 10 years old. I got involved with the wrong kind of people and started getting into trouble.
After a year and a half, I came to my senses and went back home. I met with Ms. Taylor and joined New Directions again. That was the start of my career as a performer. Since then I have been in several Black Ensemble productions including Those Sensational Soulful 60’s and The Other Cinderella. I was nominated for a Black Theater Alliance Award for my role in My Brothers Keeper and won a Black Theater Alliance Award for my performance in the Teddy Pendergrass Story. I recently starred in Black Ensemble Theater's mainstage production; "The Marvin Gaye Story."
Lamar Ezell – “Before I got involved with Black Ensemble Theater, I was on a path leading to destruction.”
Before I was involved with Black Ensemble Theater I was angry and rebellious and I was easily swayed by negative influences. If I had not been a part of Black Ensemble, I probably would not have finished school. At the age of 13, Black Ensemble introduced me to a different way of life and opened my mind. Because of Jackie Taylor and Black Ensemble Theater, I finished high school, went to Job Corps and I am now an employee of Black Ensemble Theater. Today I am a confident, driven and self motivated. I thank Jackie Taylor and the Black Ensemble Theater for all their love and support.”