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You may be surprised to learn that revenue from ticket sales covers less than half of our expenses. Thanks to charitable contributions from individuals, foundations, companies and government agencies to the BE Annual Fund:

  • Black Ensemble Theater remains a recognized leader in the theater arts community for having one of the nation’s most diverse audiences, reaching more than 55,000 patrons from various races, cultures and ethnicities each year.
  • BE uses performing arts to help underserved populations see and reach their fullest potential through educational outreach programming, serving over 15,000 children and families each year.
  • BE is home to the Black Playwrights Initiative and the Black Playwrights Festival, providing training, exposure and opportunities to emerging African-American playwrights. And so much more.

Help preserve our rich history and support our exceptional outreach education programs by making a tax-deductible gift to Black Ensemble. Together we can eradicate racism.

For more information regarding the BE Annual Fund, contact the Development Office at 773-754-3931 or

Attend 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 purchase tickets or learn more.

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Donation Total: $25

With a tax deductible gift of $10,000 you can fund student salaries for four participants in Black Ensemble Theater's Summer Job Training for Youth Program, serving youth living in Chicago's most violent Communities.
Your gift of $100 will help fund the cost of supplies and program materials for the Special Women & Men program, serving young adults with physical and developmental skills.
For 40 years, we have worked tirelessly to eradicate racism through our consciousness-raising productions reaching more than 55,000 culturally divers patrons every year.