Grantee Profile

Black Ensemble Theater

Grants to Black Ensemble Theater

  • $300,000

    2017 (Duration 5 years)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Black Ensemble Theater stages five original musical theater productions each year that document, preserve, and highlight the achievements of African Americans while emphasizing a shared humanity. The Theater commissions its work from artists in its Black Playwrights Initiative, increasing the canon of African American theater work by and for African Americans. Over the award period, it is deepening its investment in its black playwrights program; expanding its youth and outreach programs; and completing a neighborhood revitalization plan. This award recommends five years of renewed general operating support to Black Ensemble Theater.

  • $262,500

    2012 (Duration 5 years)

    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.

  • $80,000

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support succession planning and technology upgrades (over two years).

  • $100,000

    2002 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of designing a new facility for operations.

  • $150,000

    2000 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To expand educational programs and to implement the strategic plan (over three years).

  • $25,000

    1999 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations.

  • $75,000

    1996 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over three years).

  • $25,000

    1995 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations.

  • $40,000

    1993 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over two years).

  • $20,000

    1992 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Black Ensemble Theater $1,077,500 between 1978 and 2017.