The Ensemble Theatre, the oldest and largest professional African American theater in the Southwest, has been invited to perform at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on August 5 and 6. In addition, Ensemble Artistic Director Eileen J. Morris will be honored at a black-tie gala on August 1.
"I consider it to be one of the highest honors and a blessing to be recognized amongst my peers who share my passion for live theatre and the arts," Morris said in a release.
The Ensemble will participate with a performance from the 2010-2011 season: Samm-Art Williams' The Waitin' Room. The play will be performed by the original cast from last season.
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The National Black Theatre Festival a six-day biennial event that draws around 65,000 people. It is considered the largest platform for bringing black theatre companies together across the country to participate in presenting plays, readings, workshops and seminars to ensure the survival of the genre.