Black Ensemble Theater
Grants to Black Ensemble Theater
2012 (Duration 5 years)
Arts & Culture in Chicago
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Black Ensemble Theater is a Chicago theater established in 1976 with a mission of using theater to increase communication, interaction, and understanding among groups in order to reduce racism. It attracts a diverse audience by presenting performances that appeal to people of all backgrounds. The Black Ensemble Theater presents musicals that draw upon African American traditions, often exploring the lives of popular recording artists of the 20th Century. Through long-established educational and outreach programs, the Black Ensemble Theater also works in Chicago Public Schools and with underserved populations to teach theater skills that support the development of life skills.
The MacArthur Foundation awarded Black Ensemble Theater $262,500 between 2010 and 2013.