Saturday, November 19, 2011

GOVERNOR PAT QUINN AND MUSIC LEGEND DIONNE WARWICK JOIN JACKIE TAYLOR AT THE GRAND OPENING OF THE BLACK ENSEMBLE THEATER CULTURAL CENTER

GOVERNOR PAT QUINN AND MUSIC LEGEND DIONNE WARWICK
JOIN JACKIE TAYLOR AT THE GRAND OPENING OF THE
BLACK ENSEMBLE THEATER CULTURAL CENTER !



   Last night,cough and cold and all, I ventured over to 4450 n. Clark Street in Chicago for the opening of the
 Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center. Located in the heart of the gentrified Uptown area this beautiful space will revitalize the area even more.
Singer,businesswoman  Dionne Warwick designed the interior of the theater. She sure has experience in that area after performing all these years around the world. She along with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn kicked off the opening in style with a ceremony,ribbon cutting and performance of, The Jackie Wilson Story' which will be running thru January 8,2012.




  Chicago native Jackie Taylor founded the Black Ensemble Theater in 1976 with a mission to eradicate racism, merging her roles as actress and educator to build awareness and foster greater understanding of the African-American contribution to the cultural fabric of American history through theater. This charge is realized through outstanding, award-winning productions that attract highly diverse racial audiences as well as effective educational outreach programming that reaches more than 10,000 youth each year. 
 
The Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, designed by Morris Architects Planners (Steppenwolf, Lookingglass Theatres), includes a 299-seat main stage theater (double the capacity of the former venue); 150-seat stage to serve as an experimental stage featuring the work of the Black Playwright Initiative (BPI); classroom space; rehearsal hall, dance studio, scene shop, costume shop, and wardrobe rooms; seven dressing rooms; front lobby space with concession areas; and an indoor parking garage.  For more information visit www.BlackEnsembleTheater.org
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  Pictured above:Dionne Warwick,Jackie Taylor,Illinois Governor Pat Quinn


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