“Ensemble Theatre has a lengthy history as the area’s chief repository and archaeological dig site for classic American drama. The last quarter-century’s local productions of notable native plays from the 1920’s through the 1950’s would be practically non-existent without the gutsy dedication of Ensemble...” — James D' Amico, The Plain Dealer

  • 1990-91 Ensemble created the series Panorama of African-American Theatre, which was filmed by PBS, syndicated nationally and chosen for their "First View Award", selecting it as one of the top 25 EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS in the country.

  • 1992-93 Winner of Northern Ohio Live's Theatre Achievement Award for Horton Foote's  A Trip to Bountiful. 

  • 1993-94 Winner of Cleveland Magazine's Readers' Poll for Best Production for D. L Coburn's The Gin Game.

  • 1995-96 Winner of Northern Ohio Live's Theatre Achievement Award for Robert Schenkkan's The Kentucky Cycle.

    • "... with Ensemble's production of The Kentucky Cycle, small professional theatre in Cleveland has come of age."- Marianne Evett, The Plain Dealer.

  • 1997-98 Nominated for Northern Ohio Live's Theatre Achievement Award for Emily Mann's Having Our Say.

  • 1997 Awarded Multi Year Capacity Building Grant by The Cleveland Foundation.

  • 2003 Times Tribute Awards for Performance (Sherri Britton) and Sound Design (Corby Grubb) for The Credeaux Canvas

  • 2003 Times Tribute Awards for Sound Design (Corby Grubb) and Performance (Sherri Britton) for Bunin's The Credaux Canvas.

  • 2003 Times Tribute Awards for Lighting Design (Vincent Polowy), Directing (Licia Colombi), and Performance (Charles Kartali* and Julia Kolibab*) for McNally's Frankie & Johnny and The Claire de Lune.

  • 2004 Times Tribute Awards for Best Production for Thornton Wilder's Our Town.

  • 2005 Times Tribute Awards for Best Production , Directing (Licia Colombi), and Performance (Andrew Cruse & Annie Kitral) for O'Neills Long Days Journey into Night.

  • 2005 Times Tribute Award for Set Design (Ron Newell) for Lanford Wilson's Talley's Folley.

  • 2011 News Herald's Best Actor in a Drama for Dana Hart* in Connor McPherson's St Nicholas.

  • 2012 Won the 2012 Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Production for Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart.

    • This production also garnered 2012 Cleveland Critics Circle Awards for: Best Actor for Brian Zoldessy*, and Best Director (of a non-musical) for Sara May.

  • 2013 Won Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Director for Ian Wolfgang Hinz for O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh.

  • 2013 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Chosen to be among only 16 organizations chosen nationally to receive three annual $10,000 SEED grants for capacity and programming that ensures growth and longevity. 

  • 2014 The Cleveland Jewish News & Cleveland Scene Magazine Best Actor Award for Greg White in O'Neill's Anna Christie.

  • 2015 The Cleveland Scene Magazine Best Actor Award for Greg White in George Stevens Jr.'s Thurgood.

  • 2016 The Cleveland Critics Circle mention for Superior Achievement in Directing for Celeste Cosentino for Lawrence & Lee's The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail.

    • This production also garnered a Best Actor in a Drama Award from The Cleveland Jewish News as well as a Superior Achievement Award from The Cleveland Critics Circle for Geoff Knox* as Thoreau.

  • 2016 Best Actor in a Comedy Award from The Cleveland Jewish News as well as a Superior Achievement Award from The Cleveland Critics Circle for Micheal Mauldin in Eric Coble's Margin of Error.

  • 2017 Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (Non-Musical) for Lara Mielcarek* in Lisa Kron's Well.

    • This production also garnered a Cleveland Critics Circle Superior Achievement in Directing mention for Celeste Cosentino.

  • 2017 Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Scenic Design by Walter Boswell for O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape.

  • 2017 Cleveland Critics Circle Superior Achievement, Lighting Design, by Andrew Eckhert for The Hairy Ape.

  • 2018 Broadway World Top 15 Cleveland Theatrical Achievements to Celeste Cosentino for Producing & Directing both part of Tony Kushner’s Award winning ‘Angels in America’.