FEATURED SHOWS - LIVE & VIRTUAL VERSIONS AVAILABLE!

UNBOUGHT features the stories of three African American women: journalist and women’s suffrage activist Ida B. Wells, Sally Hemings, the slave with whom Thomas Jefferson fathered six children, and Shirley Chisholm, the first African American Congresswoman from New York and first African American woman to run for President. The title of the show derives from Shirley Chisholm’s memoir, “Unbought and Unbossed”; the musical score features jazz, folk, popular and classical works by African American composers.

LAS MAGNIFICAS is a Chamber Music Theatre piece exploring the lives and times of three towering figures in Latin American cultural history: the iconic Mexican Ranchera singer Chavela Vargas, Cuban Singer Celia Cruz, “The Queen of Salsa” and Chilean Singer Violeta Parra, the Mother of Latin American Folk Music. Music includes songs made famous by the artists, as well as instrumental music by Latin American Composers Ernesto Lecuona, Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Victor Jara, and Tania Leon.

OTHER CORE ENSEMBLE SHOWS ON TOUR - LIVE & VIRTUAL OPTIONS AVAILABLE!

TRES VIDAS is based on the lives of three legendary Latin American Women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni.

LOS VALIENTES explores the artistic and political passions of Diego Rivera, the commitment to human rights of Salvadoran Archibishop Oscar Romero, and the pursuit of social justice by Mexican-American desperado Joaquin Murrieta aka Zorro.

OF EBONY EMBERS celebrates the lives of the great African-American poets, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Claude McKay as seen through eyes of the great muralist and painter Aaron Douglas.

AIN'T I A WOMAN! celebrates the lives of four significant African American women: ex-slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth, novelist and anthropologist Zora Neal Hurston, folk artist Clementine Hunter, and civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer.

EQUALLY DIVINE explores the possibility that the Mona Lisa was inspired not only by the original female model, but also a young man, an apprentice to Leonardo da Vinci - opening our minds to tolerance, gender fluidity, and celebrating men's and women's empowerment.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

GRADES K-5 EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

La Casa de Frida
Join the beloved Mexican painter Frida Kahlo as she leads us on a lively tour of her colorful house in Coyocan, Mexico City - filled with music, monkeys, prickly pears, puppets, dolls, and exquisite tortillas! We learn how Frida turned adversity in her early life into a lifetime calling. Students learn about overcoming obstacles, expressing themselves, and enjoying life, color and laughter.

GRADES 6-12 EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Diversity Education Programs with the Core Ensemble
Celebrating Hispanic cultural awareness, Black history, and Women's history. Our shows feature multicultural themes based on the accomplishments of real historical figures drawn from the African American and Latinx experience as well as the unique perspective of women. We offer performances that accommodate diverse venues and budgets!

SUPPORT THE CORE ENSEMBLE

Your support of music theatre that celebrates diversity is more important now than ever. Core Ensemble programs would not exist without the help of our donors. Please consider a contribution today to sustain our virtual library of shows illuminating social justice and to insure that we may resume live performances when it is safe to do so.

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Made possible by funding from PNC Arts Alive. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Sponsored in part by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners and the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County.

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The Core Ensemble is deeply grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts. A recent grant has enabled us to create a virtual library of chamber music theatre works that celebrate diversity and social justice.

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