Celeste Cosentino – Ensemble Theatre Cleveland
Ensemble Theatre Cleveland
Established in Coventry Village: 2011 (Established: 1979)
# of Staff: 6
Celeste Cosentino, Artistic Director, is pictured next to the memorial in the theater for her mother, Lucia Colombi, founder of Ensemble Theatre Cleveland.
Q. Tell us about Ensemble Theatre!
A. Ensemble is housed in the former Coventry Elementary School. Ensemble Theatre is dedicated to the responsible production of works that celebrate the human spirit drawn from the rich cannon of modern American classics as well as other significant contemporary plays.
Ensemble serves greater Cleveland and the Midwest region by reintroducing the classics, examining them with new eyes, and supporting the development of new works for the American theater. The theater is committed to non-traditional casting and to providing culturally diverse programming that speaks to issues of contemporary life. Educational and outreach activities impact youth and under served populations through resident and touring performances.
Q. Why Coventry Village?
A. Having lived for MANY years in Cleveland Hts, and having spent many of those years on Coventry, it was a no brainer. There are SOOO many great things going on in this short block. Where else would you want to go??
Q. What made you decide to take over the theatre?
A. Ensemble Theatre was founded by my mother Lucia Colombi (her photo is in the picture with me) the same year I was born. You can say that it is “in my blood” so to speak. I worked at the theatre for many years on and off in high school and after college. I moved to NYC and lived there for a few years and was applying to graduate schools there and in New England.
I was in Cleveland a lot before my mother passed. When she passed we were faced with whether we were going to stay in the city and if I was going to accept and attend grad school. Ensemble and Cleveland Heights are the major reasons we decided to stay in Cleveland. What a great time that we chose to live here. SOOO much was changing and there was so much going for the city of Cleveland in general. Once a Clevelander, always a Clevelander.
Q. Give us a few suggestions for last minute holiday gifts from Ensemble Theatre.
A. Gift Certificates, tickets packages, theatre workshop classes!
With the launch of Ensemble’s education wing in January, Ensemble Theatre presents: The Neverending Story, adapted by David S. Craig and Based upon the novel by Michael Ende. The production runs January 8th to January 18th on Thursdays & Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 3pm & 7pm and Sundays at 2pm. Advance tickets are available and also make a great gift.
Q. Why is shopping, dining and supporting local so important?
A. I think this is true for Ensemble and the rest of the local merchants on Coventry, you are investing in your local community and economy, while working with a very unique stores that offer truly great products! Coventry merchants offer a very diverse set of products. What CAN’T you find on Coventry??? And it’s LOCAL!
Q. Share with us a guilty pleasure.
A. Brookside Chocolate covered Goji Berries.
Thanks to Celeste for taking the time to chat with us. Make sure to check out Ensemble Theatre’s website for a schedule of 2015 performances.
Every weekday this holiday season, we’re introducing you to the independent business owners that help make Coventry Village a great place to live, work, shop, dine and play.
Happy Holidays from your friends in Coventry Village.
Photos by Suzuran Photography. Copyright Coventry Village Special Improvement District & Suzuran Photography.