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Black Ensemble Theater Announces 2022 Black Playwrights Festival Photo Black Ensemble Theater Announces 2022 Black Playwrights Festival
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 13, 2022

Black Ensemble Theater’s Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor announces the 2022 Black Playwrights Festival from April 26-30, 2022, featuring works by Viola Bennett, Jill Ross, Lillian Mitchum, Reginald Williams and Dwight Neal, curated and directed by Black Ensemble Producing Managing Director Daryl D. Brooks. 

BWW Review: WOMEN OF SOUL at Mercury Theater Chicago Photo BWW Review: WOMEN OF SOUL at Mercury Theater Chicago
by Rachel Weinberg - Feb 4, 2022

WOMEN OF SOUL delivers the kind of high-energy tribute that makes up the best kind of revue, and the songs are irresistible.

Mercury Theater Chicago Announces Casting And Artists for WOMEN OF SOUL Photo Mercury Theater Chicago Announces Casting And Artists for WOMEN OF SOUL
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 6, 2022

Artistic Director Christopher Chase Carter, Managing Director Shane Murray-Corcoran, and Executive Producers Walter Stearns and Eugene Dizon announce the cast and creative team for the next Mainstage production of the 2021-2022 Mercury Theater Chicago season, Women of Soul, featuring a special tribute to Aretha Franklin.

Black Ensemble's LADIES, LIVING AND LOVING LIFE Will Be Performed This Month Photo Black Ensemble's LADIES, LIVING AND LOVING LIFE Will Be Performed This Month
by Stephi Wild - Nov 5, 2021

Black Ensemble Theater announces Ladies, Living and Loving Life by Black Ensemble Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor and Rhonda Preston, directed by Jackie Taylor and starring Rhonda Preston and Arzula Gardner. 

Black Ensemble to Host SOUL OF A POWERFUL WOMAN Benefit, May 23 Photo Black Ensemble to Host SOUL OF A POWERFUL WOMAN Benefit, May 23
by A.A. Cristi - May 10, 2021

Black Ensemble Theater Founder and Executive Director Jackie Taylor announces Jackie Taylor's Soul of A Powerful Woman (Her To Save The World), now in its eighth year. The virtual one-night fundraising event to benefit Black Ensemble Theater will be live on May 23 at 6:00 p.m. on Facebook and Youtube.

Black Ensemble Announce 2020 Holiday Extravaganza Photo Black Ensemble Announce 2020 Holiday Extravaganza
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 2, 2020

The acclaimed Black Ensemble Theater, led by Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor, is celebrating the 2020 Holiday season with The Black Ensemble Virtual Holiday Extravaganza, written and directed by Producing Managing Director Daryl D. Brooks.

Broadway-Bound SIX & More Earn Nominations For The 51st Annual Jeff Awards Photo Broadway-Bound SIX & More Earn Nominations For The 51st Annual Jeff Awards
by Stephi Wild - Sep 3, 2019

Eleven world premiere plays and musicals seen first by Chicago audiences were among those receiving nominations by the Jeff Awards, announced today. A total of 192 nominations were made in 34 categories that honor Chicago Equity theatrical productions that opened between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019. During the 2018-19 season, Jeff Awards judges attended opening nights of 132 Equity productions offered by 43 producing organizations and from these openings, 112 productions were a?oeJeff Recommendeda?? and eligible for award nominations.

Black Ensemble's WOMEN OF SOUL Opens Oct 28 Photo Black Ensemble's WOMEN OF SOUL Opens Oct 28
by Julie Musbach - Oct 4, 2018

Black Ensemble Theater continues its 2018 Season (Movers and Shakers) with Women of Soul, (With a Tribute to the Queen) written and directed by Black Ensemble Theater Associate Director Daryl D. Brooks. Women of Soul will be performed at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, beginning October 20, 2018 with an unlimited run.

Black Ensemble Adds WOMEN OF SOUL To 2018 Lineup Photo Black Ensemble Adds WOMEN OF SOUL To 2018 Lineup
by Julie Musbach - Sep 19, 2018

Black Ensemble Theater continues its 2018 Season (Movers and Shakers) with Women of Soul, (With a Tribute to the Queen) written and directed by Black Ensemble Theater Associate Director Daryl D. Brooks.

Rick Stone THE BLUES MAN To Extend Through 9/9 Photo Rick Stone THE BLUES MAN To Extend Through 9/9
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 16, 2018

Black Ensemble Theater is adding two additional weeks to the run of Rick Stone the Blues Man written and directed by Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor. Rick Stone the Blues Man will be performed at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, now through September 9, 2018.

Photo Flash: Black Ensemble Theatre Co. Presents RICK STONE THE BLUES MAN Photo Photo Flash: Black Ensemble Theatre Co. Presents RICK STONE THE BLUES MAN
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 23, 2018

Black Ensemble Theater continues its 2018 Season (Movers and Shakers) with Rick Stone the Blues Man written and directed by Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor. Rick Stone the Blues Man will be performed at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, July 14 - August 26, 2018. 

Black Ensemble Theater Presents THE STORY OF SAMMY DAVIS, JR. Photo Black Ensemble Theater Presents THE STORY OF SAMMY DAVIS, JR.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 21, 2017

Black Ensemble Theater concludes the 2017 Season (The Dance Theater Season) with Sammy: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr., written and directed by Black Ensemble Theater Associate Director Daryl D. Brooks, with choreography by Rueben D. Echoles. Sammy: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr. will be performed at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, December 9, 2017 January 21, 2018.

Photo Flash: THE BLACK RENAISSANCE Begins Today Photo Photo Flash: THE BLACK RENAISSANCE Begins Today
by Julie Musbach - Oct 22, 2017

Through the struggles, trials and tribulations of those who fought and fight against oppression and racism, The Black Renaissance is a musical and historical depiction of the African American experience in a racist America that will uplift, inspire and motivate all of us to create a world where racism cannot exist.

Black Ensemble to Produce the World Premiere of LIVING THE BLACK RENAISSANCE Photo Black Ensemble to Produce the World Premiere of LIVING THE BLACK RENAISSANCE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

Black Ensemble Theater continues the 2017 Season (The Dance Theater Season) with the World Premiere of Living The Black Renaissance (More Than a Moment in History), written and directed by Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor.

Photo Flash: First Look at Black Ensemble Theater's THE OTHER CINDERELLA
by Ashlee Latimer - Dec 4, 2016

The cast of The Other Cinderella includes Mark J.P. Hood, best known as a finalist on The Voice Season 10, as the Prince, with Jessica Seals (Cinderella), Rhonda Preston (Stepmother), Melanie McCullough (Stepsister Geneva), Miciah Long (Stepsister Margarite), Kylah Frye (Fairygodmama), Dwight Neal (King), Shari Addison (Queen), Kyle Smith (Page), Brandon Lavell (Groundhog), Henri Slater (Peanut Butter),Trequon Tate (Attendant), and Paige Hauer (Dorothy).

THE OTHER CINDERELLA to Waltz Into Black Ensemble Theater This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2016

Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor continue the 40th Anniversary Season (The Season of Greatest Hits) with the family-friendly, holiday favorite The Other Cinderella, written by Jackie Taylor and directed by Jackie Taylor and Rueben Echoles.

THE OTHER CINDERELLA to Waltz Into Black Ensemble Theater This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2016

Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor continue the 40th Anniversary Season (The Season of Greatest Hits) with the family-friendly, holiday favorite The Other Cinderella, written by Jackie Taylor and directed by Jackie Taylor and Rueben Echoles.

Photo Flash: Black Ensemble Presents TEDDY PENDERGRASS
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 5, 2016

Teddy Pendergrass was considered to be soul music's number one sex symbol in the '70s with songs like "Turn Off The Lights," "If You Don't Know Me By Now," and "Wake Up Everybody." He was on top of the world and at the height of his career in 1982 when a devastating car accident left him a quadriplegic. Teddy Pendergrass passed away in 2010 having lived with his challenge for 28 years. His story demonstrates that the greatness of the human spirit will never be defeated, no matter the challenges that we face in life.

Photo Flash: DYNAMITE DIVAS, A Tribute to Women of Soul at Black Ensemble
by Sally Henry Fuller - Dec 20, 2015

What happens when you put Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson and Gladys Knight together in the same room for a day? Well you certainly get some great nostalgic music that's for sure. Originally presented in 2001, Dynamite Divas will also feature Divas from the past such as Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington and Nina Simone, December 12, 2015 - January 24, 2016.

Photo Flash: Black Ensemble Theater Presents THE MARVELOUS MARVELETTES, Now Through 9/7
by Courtnie Mele - Jul 20, 2014

Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor announces the world premiere musical The Marvelous Marvelettes directed by Black Ensemble Associate Director Rueben D. Echoles. The Marvelous Marvelettes will be presented at the BlackEnsemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, July 18-September 7, 2014.

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