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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.
“The Black Ensemble Theater has achieved incredible things since 1976. Your outreach to inner-city communities, parents, children and teachers serves as a shining example of the kind of good will and public service that makes our city and our country great. The numbers served are incredible. I believe that arts education is critical to helping improve our educational system and creating productive citizens. Your programs that serve persons with mental and physical disabilities, children in the care of the state, and so many more who need it the most, are commendable.”
-President Barack Obama
“Chicago is known around the world for the vibrancy of its arts and its culture. The Black Ensemble Theater is one of its many cultural treasures. From its award-winning productions to its outstanding youth programs, I am proud that this theater calls Chicago home.”
“Black Ensemble Theater has grown to become one of the cornerstones of our city’s cultural community and an internationally renowned home of great performances. Its many productions have touched the lives of countless residents of Chicago and beyond, and have helped to further the Company’s mission to eradicate racism through theater.”
-The Honorable Richard M. Daley
“The wholly irresistible new shows at Black Ensemble Theater has the ability to restore your emotional health and lift your joyfulness quotient straight off the charts. After all, that tends to be the effect of pretty much all of the company’s productions- shows that also manage to forge a connection between audience and performers that is close to foolproof.
-Hedy Weiss, The Chicago Sun-Times
“Black Ensemble Theater has always been important and original. Jackie Taylor and her casts have told stories that everyone needs to know; but has never forgotten that it’s all about entertainment. Congratulations on your 40th!”
-Dean Richards, WGN Morning News