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The Ensemble Special Projects and Performances

The Ensemble Theatre's 2017-2018 Season is filled with a variety of special projects and performances for your continued entertainment. Please add the dates below to your calendar and join us as we Live it! Love it! Celebrate!

All stage readings are at The Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002.

For more information call 713-520-0055 or visit:

Monday, October 23, 2017- 6pm

The Ensemble Theatre joins the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) for their Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project highlighting 9 of the nations trailblazing founders of minority theatre groups. The Ensemble Theatre will begin the series by featuring the following leaders:

  • Douglas Turner Ward- Negro Ensemble Company-New York
  • Lou Bellamy- Penumbra theatre St. Paul Minnesota
  • Woodie King, Jr- New Federal Theatre-New York
  • Jackie Taylor-Black Ensemble Theatre-Chicago

LLCVP 1MIN Teaser from Theatre Communications Group on Vimeo.

Friday, November 3, 2017- 7pm


The Ensemble Theatre has been invited back to Readfest at the Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston (MATCH), and will present a staged reading of:

The Coconut Cake by Melda Beaty

For some, there’s nothing better than retirement, but when Eddie Lee’s wife, Iris, joins him in retirement, the truth about his “ladies man” ways resurface. To avoid her, Eddie retreats to the sanctuary of McDonald’s where coffee refills are free and the rest of his retired friends, with marital problems of their own, wait faithfully for him. When a mystery woman moves in the abandoned house down the street, with her Creole’ wiles, melt in your mouth coconut cake, and medicine cabinet secrets, Eddie is not the only one who pays her a visit; a visit that threatens to change all their lives: forever.  

Melda Beaty is the “one to watch,” in her industry. Melda resides in Chicago, Illinois with her three gifted and beautiful daughters. She is a passionate playwright committed to bringing the diverse stories of African-Americans to the stage. Her first play, Front Porch Society, recently enjoyed a successful world premiere at The Ensemble Theatre in Houston, TX. Her new play, Coconut Cake, was read at the NBTF 2017. In addition, Melda is an author/editor of two books: My Soul to His Spirit: Soulful Expressions from Black Daughters to Their Fathers and her debut novel, Lime. Her published short story, Shopping Cart, was featured on the online publication, Literary Mama. Melda earned a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.A. in English/Writing at Illinois State University. Presently, she is a tenured professor of English at Olive-Harvey College. 

The Ensemble Theatre participated with Readfest in 2015 where they presented the staged ready of Melday Beaty's Front Porch Society. The play was later brought to the theatre's main stage season to much acclaim.

Sun December 3 – Tuesday, December 5, 2017- Sun at 4pm, Monday at 7pm, Tues at 7pm
Performances of their one woman shows- Rachel Hemphill Dickson and Crystal Rae

Monday, January 8, 2018- Staged Reading
Don Wilson Glenn- stage reading coordinator

Monday, February 19, 2018
Heart of the Theatre – a variety show featuring The Ensemble artists

Monday, March 19, 2018-
Don Wilson Glenn- stage reading coordinator

Sun, April 22 and Mon April 23
Feature projects by The Ensemble Theatre artists

Monday, May 21, 2018
Don Wilson Glenn - stage reading coordinator