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Who We Are

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

Celeste Cosentino has served as an Artistic Associate and Operations Manager for Ensemble Theatre since 2001.  She is well known and respected in the Cleveland Theatre Community having worked with The Cleveland Play House, Dobama Theatre, Clague Play House, Cain Park, Bang and Clatter, The Illusion Factory, Karamu, Willoughby Fine Arts and Weathervane Playhouse.  Celeste has also spent many years in corporate management in Ohio, Indiana, and New Jersey.  She is a graduate of the Ohio University School of Theatre and recently returned to Cleveland, after two years in New York City. Celeste is the daughter of Ensemble Founder, Lucia Colombi and has returned home to support her mother's mission by providing a fresh perspective as the next Artistic Director.  She was raised by Ensemble Theatre and has a special dedication to it's continuation for many years to come.  

Artistic Advisor/Artistic AssociateSarah May

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 BottomThe 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!

2009-10 Interim Artistic Director Bernard Canepari as Alfieri in Ensemble's 2006 production of Arthur Miller's 
A View from the Bridge directed by the late Ensemble founder Lucia Colombi.