Civic Ensemble creates theatre that explores and explodes the social, political, and cultural issues of our time. We bring audiences of different races, classes, and experiences together in a public forum on the American experiment.
Civic Ensemble was founded in 2012 by Sarah K. Chalmers, Godfrey L. Simmons Jr., and Jennifer Herzog as Ithaca’s Public Theater. A home for theater that explores the social, political, and cultural issues of our time, Civic Ensemble has since been the region’s home for exceptional community-based theatre, rich community conversations, and groundbreaking professional productions.
We affirm that Black Lives Matter, that Black artists have a home in this company, and that within that home there is joy, celebration, love, critical dialogue, and long haul work for racial justice.