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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.

Civic Ensemble is based in Ithaca, NY, the historic, present, and future homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ (Cayuga) people. 


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