Photography by Vicky Pink - The Ensemble Theatre celebrated the Grand Finale of its 4oth Anniversary at the 2017 Annual Black Tie Gala: Live It! Love It! Celebrate! This event was held to honor the artists, companies, organizations, and individuals whose unparalleled support enables The Ensemble Theatre to be one of Houston’s most esteemed cultural institutional treasures. This year’s honorees included S. Epatha Merkerson, Renee Goldsberry, Nkrumah Gatling, Reginald Van Lee, Lauren Anderson, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, and Energy Software Consultants. Gala chairs were The Honorable Rodney Ellis and Licia Green-Ellis, Martin Fein and Kelli Cohen Fein, Merele Yarborough and Jane-Page Crump. Some in attendance were Janette Cosley, Eileen J. Morris, Robert Ross, Mayor Sylvester Turner, James Harris, Terry Williams, Khambrel Marshall, Argentina James, Rhonda Arnold, Samica Knight, City Councilman Jerry Davis, and Rep. Shawn Thierry.