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Our founder, George Hawkins, started The Ensemble Theatre as a modest and constantly mobile enterprise — driving around the vast city of Houston in a station wagon filled with costumes and stage props to present performances at schools, churches and community centers.

The Ensemble is now one of the nation's largest African-American theatres, owning and operating its own facility. Such a great accomplishment is accompanied by great responsibilities.

If you're a patron of the fine arts, you know excellent entertainment relies on exceptional financial supporters. The Ensemble Theatre Founder's Circle is calling on exceptional patrons like you. Composed of a group of diverse investors, donors and stewards, The Founder's Circle is committed to ensuring The Ensemble Theatre continues as Houston's premier center for African-American artistic expression enriching, enlightening and entertaining our diverse community.


The Founder's Circle welcomes new members who share our commitment to ensure:

The Ensemble can sustain the financial resources necessary to support artistic excellence and to fulfill its artistic endeavors.
The Ensemble can enhance its educational and youth-oriented programs to encourage children to express themselves and develop their creative potential.
The Ensemble can continue as a platform for emerging actors, playwrights and future visionaries.
The Ensemble can continue for many generations as a beacon of cultural understanding and great entertainment.

Help us make a great cultural legacy even greater. As The Ensemble Theatre celebrates its 42nd Season, The Founder's Circle has set a fundraising goal of $250,000. With your help, we will meet this goal.

To see the list of Founder's Circle BenefitsClick Here

To join the circle and make your donation onlineClick Here

For more information on becoming a member and/or serving on the steering committee of The Founder's Circle, contact:

Ernestine Peña-Sandoval, Sr. Director of Development & Foundations