Outreach

Mahogany Ensemble Theatre provides a host of outreach services in the community--from an annual youth speech contest to the regional theatre festival
to student matinee education performances to
select musical theatre arts camp experiences.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition
& Youth Leadership Award

This annual event honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
and the rich Civil Rights heritage in Northwest Louisiana
through the art of oratorical presentation, while showcasing the art or public speaking and leadership in area youth.
The oratory contest is open to youth ages 3rd-12th
and the leadership award is open to young adults ages 16-21.  

Deadline to Enter:
Thursday, January 15, 2015

To Enter Oratory Contest
Click Here

To Nominate Young Adult Leader
Click Here

The Southern Black Theatre Festival (SBTF) is an outreach effort of Mahogany Ensemble Theatre (MET).  Mahogany Ensemble Theatre is the resident theatre of the M.E.C.C.A. Foundation, whose mission is to enlighten, enrich, and empower communities by presenting, producing, and promoting quality programs that preserve and advance the rich heritage of the cultural and performing arts traditions of people of African descent while expressing this proud legacy with all of humanity.  Inspired by the efforts of the National Black Theatre Festival and other regional festivals, SBTF became the brainchild of actress, director, speaker, model, creative educator, and MET founding artistic director, Angelique Feaster.  Her vision of celebrating the rich tradition of African American Theatre in the South while forging a regional collective of culture bearers committed to sustaining this theatrical genre came to fruition with the 2008 inaugural festival celebration.

To visit the SBTF website, click here.

Since the 2007-2008 School Year, Mahogany Ensemble Theatre has provided a Theatrical Thursdays Student Series (TTSS) matinee to serve as an artistic gateway project, for upper elementary through high school students, that will actively introduce, inspire, and engage youth in the creative process of the dramatic arts through direct exposure, interaction, and participation in live theatre experiences; while empowering teachers in making curriculum connections to theatrical performances in the community and dramatic literature in the classroom; and provide informal, intimate post performance discussion. 

For more information about the 2011-2012 Theatrical Thursdays Student Series, click here.

Camp Aspire is a dynamic arts experience held during the summer, Christmas, and spring breaks.  Campers will explore a variety of performing arts activities including theatre, dance, music & visual arts that will build their imagination, spotlight their talents, gain self-confidence, and learn new skills. Also, planned fieldtrips and guest speakers featuring professional artists will offer an unique up close and personal experience the youth will enjoy. A wonderful part of our camp is that every youth participant will be featured in our youth theatre showcases and fully staged production that may be held at the end of each camp experience.

For more information about upcoming Camp Aspire experiences, click here.


Mahogany Ensemble Theatre
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 365
Doyline, LA  71023

mahoganytheatre@hotmail.com