Who Are We
Our Mission: 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.
- 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 a credo with a policy of non-traditional, casting. This is the use of actors of any race, sex, ethnicity or degree of disabilities in roles for which such factors are not germane to the development of stage characters or the play.
The theatre provides 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.
Celeste Cosentino (Artistic Director) 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 House, 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 three 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.
Sarah May (Artistic Associate/Advisor) 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! She will direct Thurgood for the 2014-2015 Season. Sarah is a well known director whose work has been seen on most area stages. 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.
Aaron Elersich (Artistic Associate/Director/Production Associate) 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!
Katie Nabors (Artistic Associate/Education Associate/Volunteer Coordinator) holds a BFA in Theatre Performance and a minor in Dance from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan. She currently resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio with her husband Andrew. This will be Katie’s first season at Ensemble as the Education Director. She will be in charge of creating and developing the Education wing of Ensemble’s growing programing. Katie has taught theatre and dance in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ukraine, and Ohio. Katie is looking forward to developing classes and workshops that foster passion and creativity in the hearts and minds of the students. Her life experiences, love of teaching, and the ultimate thrill of being on the stage are all integrated into her teaching philosophies and practices. Stay tuned for class offerings!
Martin Cosentino (Managing Director/Production Associate) 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 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.
Becca Moseley (Artistic Associate/Resident Production Stage Manager) is excited to be involved continually with Ensemble Theatre. Most recently, Becca stage managed Beyond The Horizon, The Chairs, Prelude To A Kiss & Animals Out of Paper. She played the various roles in Ensembles recent production of Frankenstein as well as understudied Pearl for the Ensemble production of The Iceman Cometh, where she also served as the rehearsal stage manager and crew. Other stage managing and technical credits include Camelot, The Nutcracker Ballet, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds, and Green Grow the Lilacs. She has treaded the boards as Rosalind (As You Like It), Maggie (A Chorus Line,) Fabiana Cunningham (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,) Dorine (Tartuffe,) Becca (Rabbit Hole,) Antonia (Man of La Mancha) Gwendolen (The Importance of Being Ernest,) and various others.
Sam Landgraf, Artistic Associate/Resident Assistant Stage Manager, is a graduate from Hiram College with a degree in Theatre Arts. She is working on her forth show at Ensemble Theatre. She has previously Stage Manger for Knock Me a Kiss & Frankenstein. She was Assistant Stage Manager/Crew for Animals out of Paper and She assisted with the lighting design for Ensemble's productions of The Chairs & Exit the King which recently played in the Playground Theatre. She would like to thank Ian and Celeste for keeping her busy in the theatre.
Stephen Vasse-Hansell, Technical Director/Carpenter, is no stranger to Ensemble, having worked as an actor, set builder, designer, and director. Stephen has been engaged in the theatrical arts for over 40 years, including residencies in Chicago, Missouri, Indiana, and Ohio. He has participated in more than 200 productions as an actor, director, designer, technical director, or writer. He has three Jefferson Award nominations to his credit. He owns V-H Enterprises LTD., a custom design furniture and cabinetry business.
Paul Kit, Carpenter, is a manager at Skimmer Crane Co specializing in crane construction projects. Paul is particularly excited to join the "ensemble", as it is right around the corner from where he lives in Cleveland Heights. This is Paul's third year as a carpenter with Ensemble Theatre.