Mayor Bill White, Audrey and Rev. Bill Lawson to Receive The Ensemble's Highest Honor
Actor Roger Guenveur Smith Receives Actor of the Year Award and Target Corporation Receives Corporate Partner of the Year Award At the Theatre's Premier Celebration
ADVISORY, July 29, 2009 --
WHAT: The Ensemble Theatre will host its annual black-tie gala to recognize and celebrate artists, companies, individuals and community partners whose unparalleled support enables The Ensemble to be one of Houston's most coveted cultural institutional treasures. WHEN: Friday, August 14, 2009, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM Mayor's Reception, 6:30 PM Program, Dinner, 7:30 PM Dancing, 9:30 PM WHERE: Hilton Americas - Houston, Grand Ballroom, 1600 Lamar Houston, Texas 77010 WHO: Argentina James, Board Chair and Gala Co-Chair Hasting Stewart, Board President and Gala Co-Chair Audrey and Rev. Bill Lawson, Founder's Award Honorees Mayor Bill White, Individual Partner Honoree Target, Corporate Partner Honoree Roger Guenveur Smith, Actor of The Year Honoree Missouri City Chapter of The Links, Inc. Community Partner Honoree Brandon and Jason Dirden, Rising Star Honorees More than 450 guests WHY: The Ensemble Theatre is hosting its annual black-tie gala honoring those who have helped the theatre bring a successful close to its 32nd season that generated box office records and critical acclaim despite the economy. The theatre also enjoys the support of community partners, and local and nationally acclaimed artists which continues to fuel its success. With many reasons to celebrate, The Ensemble leadership will thank and honor the theatre's "majestic treasures" for their continuous support as they kick-off the 33rd Season appropriately entitled "Majestic Treasures." The gala also serves as the theatre's most profitable and well-attended fundraiser. AUDIO/VISUALS: 6:30 PM Mayor's Reception 7:45 PM Awards' Presentations CONTACT: Robert Ross 713-520-0055 or email@example.com
About The Ensemble Theatre
The mission of The Ensemble Theatre is to preserve African American artistic expression, to enlighten, entertain, and enrich a diverse community. Founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins, The Ensemble Theatre has brought several generations of African Americans and other theatre patrons into the performance art form. The Ensemble is a 501 (c)(3) theatre that holds the distinction as one of the nation's largest African American theatres which owns and operates its own facility and produces a Mainstage Season of contemporary and classic works devoted to the portrayal of the African American experience by local and national playwrights and artists. In addition, The Ensemble Tour Education Program provides performances for young audiences including schools, community outreach, and training for young artists through The Young Performers Program. The Ensemble, is housed in a $5 million facility, boasts the George Hawkins Mainstage auditorium with seating for 190 patrons, the Audrey Lawson Arena seating up to 125, and a performance hall accommodating up to 500 guests.