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Through our mission of eradicating racism, the Black Ensemble Theater has been fighting against the injustice and inequities that are alive and well in our world today.  We started in 1976 and today the battle is continuing at a feverish pace.

We ask you to join us in this fight.  Support our efforts by donating to the Black Ensemble Theater today.

Your donation will allow us to continue delivering vital programs that work hard to diminish the effects of racism while helping us to understand that as human beings we must learn how to respect our differences and acknowledge our sameness.  No matter our race, creed or color – we must live together on this planet as one people, it is essential to our survival.

We hope you will embrace and support our efforts by making a donation today.  There are many ways that you can help.

2018 THE LEGACY CONTINUES GALA – You’re invited to a unique evening curated by our founder, Jackie Taylor!  The evening’s festivities feature captivating performances from the Black Ensemble Theater stars, a one of a kind cocktail reception, a delicious dinner, and an animated live auction.  Proceeds from the evening support our vital work to create a world of understanding, respect, and acceptance. Join us as we move our world forward to a better place of positivity and inclusion.  Click here to buy your tickets or learn more!


35 Chicago Public School classrooms and nearly 1,000 students participate in our year-round, innovative in-school program that utilizes theater arts to enhance learning, cognitive and social skill development.


Over 100,000 at-risk youth experience live theater that teaches life lessons and basic cognitive skills important for learning and development.


3,000 people impacted by poverty, substance use disorders and/or homelessness receive free or discounted tickets to our productions.