Negro Ensemble Company (NEC)

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Robert Hooks, Douglas Turner Ward, and Gerald Krone

The mission of the Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (NEC) is to provide African-American, African, and Caribbean professional artists with an opportunity to learn, to work, to grow, and to be nurtured in the performing arts. The overall mission of the NEC is to present live theatre performances by and about Black people to a culturally diverse audience that is often underserved by the theatrical community.



The Negro Ensemble Company


Reyno and Douglas Turner Ward


A Soldier’s Play: Book by Charles Fuller. Various productions (1981 – 84) starring Charles Brown, Adolph Caesar, Peter Friedman, David Alan Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Brent Jennings, James Pickens, Jr., Denzel Washington, Graham Brown, O.L. Duke, Cedric Turner, Robert Gossett, Mike Hodge, etc. Originally produced (1981) by The Negro Ensemble Company and directed by Douglas Turner Ward.

*In this photo:

Adolph Caesar, Bill Cobbs, Charles Weldon, Samm Art Williams, Wayne Elbert,and Reyno.


The Great MacDaddy 

Reyno and Charles Weldon – The Great MacDaddy – The Negro Ensemble Company (The Great MacDaddy was originally staged in a 1974 Negro Ensemble Company production that featured the late Al Freeman, Jr. as well as Phylicia Rashad, Cleavon Little, and Hattie Winston.)