image001Founder and Executive Director Jackie Taylor announces the company’s specialBlack Ensemble Theater New Year’s Eve 2012 Celebration.  The fun-filled evening will be held Monday, December 31, 2012, 8pm – 1am, at the new Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago.

Like all Black Ensemble events, the New Year’s Eve celebration will be an occasion filled with joy, exuberance, and pure excitement.  Black Ensemble will present excerpts from many of its classic hits, as well as selections from recent hits such as The Jackie Wilson Story, The Marvin Gaye Story, One Name Only, among others. After the show, the guests will enjoy an Open Mic, dancing in the upstairs suite, and the mellow sounds of Black Ensemble’s jazz trio.  Along with great entertainment, Black Ensemble will be serving up free champagne all night long.

Tickets are $125 for singles, $200 for couples.  Call (773) 769-4451 for reservations and more information.

About Black Ensemble Theater

Founded in 1976, by the phenomenal producer, playwright and actress Jackie Taylor, Black Ensemble Theater is the only African American theater located in the culturally, racially and ethnically diverse north side Uptown community. Through its Five Play Season of Excellence, The Black Ensemble Theater dazzles audiences locally, nationally and internationally with outstanding original musicals that are entertaining, educational and uplifting. The Black Ensemble Theater has produced more than 100 productions and employed over 5,000 artists.

Producing theater of excellence is just one facet of Black Ensemble Theater’s programming. We also use the performing arts to help underserved populations see and reach their fullest potential through six educational outreach programs serving low-income communities throughout Chicago.

On November 18, 2011, The Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center opened and is able to accommodate larger-scale productions, bigger audiences and a wider range of educational programming. The new facility includes amenities such as a 299-seat main stage theater (double the capacity of the original venue); 14 offices, classroom space; rehearsal hall, dance studio, scene shop, costume shop, and wardrobe rooms; seven dressing rooms; rehearsal room for musicians; front lobby space with concession areas; and an indoor parking garage.  The completion of a 150-seat theater, which will serve as an experimental stage for the work of the Black Playwright Initiative (BPI), is expected in 2013.

The mission of the Black Ensemble Theater Company is to eradicate racism and its devastating effects upon society through the theater arts.  For more information on the Black Ensemble Theater Company, please visit or call 773-769-4451.