A message from Jackie Taylor,

The mission of the 41-year-old Black Ensemble Theater is to eradicate racism. All of our work, through our outstanding award winning productions, impacting an interracial audience of more than 55,000 people a year, to our Educational Outreach Programs, serving more than 10,000 inner city youth annually, reflects our persistence and determination to help create a world of understanding, respect, and acceptance of our unique differences. With the turmoil and bigotry that is disrupting our country today, we hope that you will support our vital mission.

A world without racism might sound impossible, but together we can make that world a reality. Will it happen overnight? Absolutely not, but we will never achieve it if we don’t work toward it. Black Ensemble Theater has been working toward it for 41 years, and we remain steadfast and committed to getting the work done.

Black Ensemble Theater is offering you the opportunity to help us with our work. We’re asking you to become a sponsor of our annual Gala, The Legacy Continues: Together, We Are The Change on October 20, 2017 at the beautiful Swissotel in Downtown Chicago.  The annual Gala is Black Ensemble’s major fundraiser of the year, and we offer our sponsors vast exposure and marketing opportunities. There are many ways to support Black Ensemble Theater, with sponsorship levels ranging from $2,500 to $100,000. 

For more information please call or email Shaina at 773-754-3917 or sfarwell@blackensemble.org. Your sponsorship of the Black Ensemble Theater reflects that you are doing something to help move our world forward to a better place of positivity, acceptance, and understanding. Please partner with the Black Ensemble Theater in our fight against racism and become a sponsor of our annual Gala – The Legacy Continues: Together, We Are The Change. 


Join BE’s friends and supporters at the Swissotel Chicago for cocktails, dinner, a live auction, dancing, and performances from the incomparable, Jennifer Holliday and the Black Ensemble Theater.

Call or email Shaina Farwell for sponsorship information at sfarwell@blackensemble.org or at 773.754.3917.

October 20, 2017           @6pm          Swissotel 323 E. Wacker Dr.

As a Sponsor of the Legacy Continues: Together We Are The Change Gala, you will receive year-round exposure and recognition as a supporter of the nationally and internationally celebrated Black Ensemble Theater.



  • At least 500,000 will see your company name as a Legacy Continues Gala Sponsor on our website.
  • Your company name will be listed as a Legacy Continues Gala Sponsor in 55,000 programs distributed to our audiences throughout the year beginning June 1, 2017 – June 1, 2018.
  • Logo placement and branding on Gala video screens and Gala signage to be viewed by 500 of our prestigious and elite guests at the highly anticipated Legacy Continues Gala in October.
  • Tickets to The Legacy Continues: Together We Are The Change on October 20, 2017 starring the incomparable legendary Jennifer Holliday at Swissotel Chicago. (Number of tickets in accordance with your sponsorship level.)