With music in the air, a celebratory spirit swept through Swissotel on October 12 for an evening celebrating 42 years of Black Ensemble Theater. Founder and Executive Director Jackie Taylor was joined by more than 200 supporters and friends to enjoy performances, cocktails, dinner, dancing, and a live auction. The event was chaired by Black Ensemble Board Chairman Tyronne Stoudemire (Hyatt Hotels Corporation, vice president of global diversity & inclusion) and raised $375,000 to support stage productions and educational outreach. Alvin Marley, a longtime friend and donor to the theater, was honored for his support, and WGN’s Paul Lisnek delighted attendees as the evening’s emcee.
Photos by Michael Cou