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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 formerly incarcerated individuals who recruit, mentor, and participate alongside new participants.


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.

We are currently creating a new play exploring the impacts of the criminal justice system on families. Anyone in the reentry community, as well as family members, are invited to participate in the creation of this play. Join us!

No theatre experience necessary! FREE

The ReEntry Theatre Program meets on:

Mondays from11:00am-1:00pm

at the Creative Hub (formerly MRC), 516 W. MLK in Ithaca


contact Gabriella at 607-622-0303 with questions


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.

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

Recent productions include:

Delia Divided which was produced in 2022.

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

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