We work with amazing clients to advance social change.

Our clients are changemakers. They drive progress and are a force for good.

Our solutions educate, demonstrate impact, and raise awareness about issues at the forefront of development, including health, education, food security, the arts, justice, community, and the environment.

We have over 20 years of communications, nonprofit, and creative experience. We understand what our clients are up against each day because we’ve been in the trenches, too. Our approach is collaborative, thoughtful and efficient.

Fun Facts

CERTIFIED WOMAN-OWNED BUSINESS
ROOTS IN WASHINGTON,DC
DEDICATED TO SOCIAL SECTOR CLIENTS
STUDIO IN UPTOWN,CHICAGO
CREATIVE, MULTIMEDIA TALENT
5 Reasons to Work with Us
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We maintain a professionalism that comes from two decades of experience in our craft, with some good humor mixed in.

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Our approach is grounded in strategy and collaboration–we ask the questions up front that lead to better products for the right audiences, and we check in with you throughout the engagement to ensure we’re on track.

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We make the creative process as easy for you as possible. We don’t expect you to understand all of the technical jargon–that’s our job.

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We use the best and most innovative approaches to the creative landscape for our productions.

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We love deadlines.

Meet the Team

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Stephanie Foerster

Founder and Director

For over 20 years, Stephanie has worked with the senior leadership, communications and creative teams of nonprofits to develop their brand strategy, tell compelling stories, and create enriching, engaging learning tools.

She began her nonprofit work at the City of Chicago on workforce development projects, and next honed her skills in Senegal as communications lead for a local environmental organization. There she produced a radio show and filmed her first documentary, “Trees and People”. Stephanie has since worked in over fifteen countries as a filmmaker, communications trainer, strategist and storyteller. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in French and Business from University of Illinois and an MPhil from the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, England. Stephanie is co-chair of the Communications Network’s Chicago chapter and is passionate about creating opportunities for communicators to learn from each other. She also loves art, sailing, and Stevie Wonder.

Matt Carlson

Production Associate and Video Editor

Matt’s experience includes video production, project coordination and marketing. Prior to joining Ensemble, he worked as media operations coordinator at Discovery Communications, preparing content for distribution in Islamic contexts. He has a B.A. in Communication Studies with a film and marketing concentration from Loyola University Chicago. In 2017, Matt completed an artist residency in Finland where he shot his first independent film, an experimental documentary using poetry and visuals. Matt also loves biking around Chicago, hiking the great outdoors and hates pickles.

John Cockrell

Writer and Brand Strategist

John is a writer and brand strategist who helps clients understand their audiences, find their voices, develop stories and create innovative messages. Some of his recent successes include the Lincoln Park Zoo’s rebrand and development of its new tagline, “For Wildlife. For All.” and multiple communications campaigns for accounting firm Grant Thornton. His expertise includes writing for social media, newsletter development, print collateral and ad campaigns. When he’s not writing onscreen, John writes in his head while traveling, cycling, watching soccer matches and searching Chicago restaurants for the city’s best burger.

Brianne LaPelusa

Marketing and Communications Specialist

Brianne’s experience includes journalism, teaching, and work for nonprofits focused on mental health and disability advocacy including The Kennedy Forum Illinois and Misericorida Home, part of Catholic Charities. Before joining Ensemble she received her MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. As an artist and musician dedicated to social causes, Brianne now applies her unique strategy and storytelling experience to the work of incredible organizations with Ensemble Media. She loves animals and singing, and sometimes sings to her cat, Andei.

Dan Streeting

Graphic Designer

Dan supports nonprofits through creative graphic design and illustration. He has bolstered commercial brands and cause-driven initiatives like School-to-School International, ESPN, the Chicago Community Trust and Chicago’s Navy Pier. He excels at translating mission and vision into meaningful design, and is adept at incorporating infographics and data visualizations into print and digital tools to enhance understanding. Dan has an interest in experimental typography and used to run a storefront art gallery with his wife, Jessica.

OUR CLIENTS

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CASE
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RTI
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UNICEF
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