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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.

Recent productions include:

Steppin' Into My Shoes, a play for the radio developed in collaboration with College Initiative Upstate

Streets Like This which was produced in 2018 and 2020


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 , or been involved in the court or police systems 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! FREE

Join us! Tuesdays from 10:30am-12:00pm

At the Southside Community Center, 305 S. Plain St in Ithaca

With questions about the program, or for more info:

contact Gabriella at 607-622-0303


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.

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