Ensemble Theatre believes that the arts are an essential and meaningful part of life. The theatre offers an important forum for stimulating and provoking thought about the issues of contemporary life, and it is a place for communal experience. Introducing future generations to the arts will enlighten them about the human condition and provide them with a resource to nourish them throughout their lives. All art, including theatre, should be a celebration of diversity and human dignity. Ensemble adheres to this credo with a policy of non-traditional casting and by valuing the contributions of all who participate. The theatre strives for the highest possible level of professionalism in all areas to nurture new talent, and to be ever mindful of the power of art to entertain and move the audience.
Artistic Director: Celeste Cosentino
Artistic Advisor/Artistic Associate: Sarah May
Sarah is thrilled to come "home" to Ensemble Theatre to support Lucia Colombi's talented daughter Celeste as Artistic Director. In the past Sarah served as Education Director for Ensemble and directed such memorable productions as The Normal Heart (winner of of the Cleveland Critics Circle awards for Best Non-Musical Production, Best Actor and Best Director 2012), Dividing the Estate, Having Our Say, The Delany Sister's First 100 Years; Athol Fugard's Valley Song; Paul Robeson (featuring Tony Sias); Little Tommy Parker's Celebrated Minstrel Show, and Anton in Show Business! Sarah is a well known director whose work has been seen on most area stages. Most recently she directed the critically acclaimed Pitman Painters and Wings at Beck Center starring Dorothy Silver, as well as Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The History Boys, The Diary of Anne Frank, and A Piece of My Heart (Winner of the Northern Ohio Live Award.) Sara has also recently directed the Dobama/Karamu collaboration of Tony Kushner's Caroline or Change, Tuck Everlasting for The Cleveland Play House, and Things of Dry Hours at CPT. Sarah spent 10 years in New York City performing, directing, and developing educational programs for Playwrights Horizons, Henry Street Settlement, and The Roundabout Theatre. She returned to Cleveland to serve as Director of Education for Great Lakes Theatre Festival, where she developed their Shakespeare School Residency Program, and as Director of Karamu Theatre from 1990 to 1997. She has taught acting for The Cleveland Play House and Tri-C Metro and been a guest artist at Baldwin-Wallace College.
Artistic Associate/Staff: Aaron Elersich
Aaron has been a staple in Northeast Ohio Theatre for the better part of the last decade. In addition to his work with Ensemble, Aaron has directed and produced critically acclaimed projects with the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, and has been seen on numerous stages throughout the region including The Cleveland Playhouse, The Beck Center, and Lakeland Civic Theater. He is excited to join the Ensemble staff and ready for the many endeavors this coming season!
Artistic Associate/Staff: Katie Nabors
ost recently was seen at Ensemble Theatre earlier this season as Pearl in The Iceman Cometh and Mary Ball in The Gospel According to James. Katie has also been seen on the stage at Cleveland Public Theatre as Lulu in Poor Little Lulu, at Blank Canvas Theatre in the ensemble of Hellcab, at Ensemble Theatre as Joan Weber in Sexual Perversity in Chicago and as the stenographer in Waiting for Lefty, at the Beck Center as Louise in The Underpants and Susan Parker in Pitman Painters. In Detroit, Katie was seen on the Meadow Brook Theatre stage as Daisy in Biloxi Blues and Ann Darrow in Kong's Night Out. Katie has performed internationally in Greece and Ukraine. She performed throughout Greece in an English touring production of Lysistrata and while in Ukraine she performed in a Ukrainian/English bi-lingual production of Medea as Young Medea. Katie holds a BFA in theatre performance and dance from Oakland University in Michigan. Look for Katie as a teaching artist (dance) as Ensemble begins it upcoming Educational programming! Stay tuned!
Managing Director: Martin Cosentino
Martin Cosentino has been with Ensemble Theatre since its birth in 1979. Martin holds a degree in Architecture from Case Western Reserve University. As a designer and builder, he has worked in these fields for over thirty years. He has brought these design and building skills, as well as very capable administrative skills to the Ensemble organization. He was project manager for Ensemble’s major renovations of its 145-seat performance space at The Civic in Cleveland Heights. He has performed every job at the theatre, including stage manager, set design and construction, graphic design and original illustrations. Martin is currently responsible for office administration, box office reports and management, properties, grant writing and development activities. He has also served as Tour Manager, Technical Director and Production Manager. Martin became General Manager in 2007. In 2008, due to the artistic director’s illness, the Board of Trustees named him Interim Managing Director. In May of 2009, the Board named him Managing Director for the 2009 -2010 season.