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The ReEntry Theatre Program creates original theatre that highlights and investigates the complexity of real human stories. It is a supportive, creative community for people who have experienced incarceration or court involvement, and aims to raise awareness about and shift the narrative around the realities of the criminal justice system and the people involved. This program is led by a Leadership Council of nine formerly incarcerated individuals who recruit, mentor, and participate alongside new participants.

Our most recent production, Streets Like This, was produced at the Cherry ArtSpace in March 2020.

In 2020-2021, the ReEntry Theatre Program is partnering with College Initiative Upstate to explore how personal narratives can impact a community. We are creating a new play based in oral history interviews, w hich will be broadcast on WRFI in September. Learn more about the radio play here!


The ReEntry Theatre Council is the leadership body of the program. Comprised of dedicated members of the ReEntry Theatre Program, the Council steers the direction of the programming. To learn more about the Council Members, CLICK HERE.


The ReEntry Theatre Program is an ongoing weekly program. Participation is free and everyone who has experienced incarceration in jails, prisons, or drug rehabilitation programs is welcome to attend. Participants work with theatre professionals from Civic Ensemble to grow theatre skills, develop scenes and plays based on the ideas each individual brings, and build community.

No theatre experience necessary!

We are currently meeting online. Please email or call/text 607-241-0195 to receive the link to join. If you don't have access to a computer, you can join us by phone, too. 

ReEntry Theatre participants have put together this guide to local ReEntry resources. If there is something that you'd like to add to this list, suggestions can be sent to