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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

The Ensemble Theater

Preserving African American artistic expression

two stars

79.69

3535 Main Street Houston, TX 77002
tel: (713) 807-4304   Web Site
EIN: 74-1941943

Board Leadership
Alaina King Benford
Chair

CEO
Janette L. Cosley
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 79.69 two stars
  Financial 82.81 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 77.00 two stars
This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and enlighten, entertain and enrich a diverse community. The Ensemble produces a Main stage Season of six contemporary and classical works devoted to the portrayal of the African American experience by local and national playwrights and artists. The Ensemble's Performing Arts Education program provides educational workshops, artist-in-residence experiences, and live performances for students both off-site and at the theatre, and the Young Performers Program offers intensive spring and summer training for youth ages 6 to 17 encompassing instruction in all disciplines of the theatre arts. Through its varied programs, The Ensemble reaches over 60,000 people annually.

The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and enlighten, entertain and enrich a diverse community. The Ensemble produces a Main stage Season of six contemporary and classical works devoted to the portrayal of the African American experience by local and national playwrights and artists. The Ensemble's Performing Arts Education program provides educational workshops, artist-in-residence experiences, and live performances for students both off-site and at the theatre, and the Young Performers Program offers intensive spring and summer training for youth ages 6 to 17 encompassing instruction in all disciplines of the theatre arts. Through its varied programs, The Ensemble reaches over 60,000 people annually.

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Financial

three stars

82.81

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

77.00

This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
73.8%
  Administrative Expenses 14.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.59
  Program Expenses Growth 0.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Ensemble Theater on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Ensemble Theater on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Ensemble Theater (TX) 79.69 two stars
Hartford Stage (CT) 91.13 four stars
Manhattan Theatre Club (NY) 92.46 four stars
Cornerstone Theater Company (CA) 86.93 three stars
Creede Repertory Theatre (CO) 92.22 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $47,108
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $283,789
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $762,202
Total Contributions $1,093,099
   Program Service Revenue $895,790
Total Primary Revenue $1,988,889
   Other Revenue $1,125
TOTAL REVENUE $1,990,014
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,522,631
   Administrative Expenses $289,741
   Fundraising Expenses $197,037
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,009,409
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-19,395
   
Net Assets $3,366,078

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Theatre Performances $1,522,631 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-08 04/01/2020 79.69 two stars
2017-08 02/01/2019 77.17 two stars
2016-08 03/01/2018 81.60 three stars
2015-08 03/01/2017 82.51 three stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 74.94 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-08 10/01/2015 80.08 three stars
2013-08 10/01/2015 80.08 three stars
2012-08 10/01/2014 82.66 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 74-1941943
Name in IRS Master File ENSEMBLE THEATER
NTEE Code A65
NTEE Classification Theater
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (88) Community theatrical group
(90) Cultural performances
(92) Literary activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date January, 1978
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • August, 2018
  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
None reported -- This organization did not report a CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Ensemble Theater (TX) 79.69 two stars
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (MD) 86.87 three stars
Barrington Stage Company (MA) 90.61 four stars
Bay Street Theatre (NY) 87.09 three stars
Indiana Repertory Theatre (IN) 88.47 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Ensemble Theater
3535 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
tel: (713) 807-4304
EIN: 74-1941943

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Board Leadership

Alaina King Benford
Chair

CEO

Janette L. Cosley
Executive Director

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