In 2019 the ReEntry Theatre Program served over 100 participants and reached over 300 audience members. Through weekly sessions, participants work alongside life practice artists to shape their stories, ideas, experiences, and dreams into an original play that is given a full professional production in the community. 

In 2020-21, The ReEntry Theatre Program will continue its regular sessions at the Day Reporting office, reaching new participants and strengthening community relationships; remount the 2018 production of “Streets Like This” at the Cherry ArtSpace; and launch a new course at Cornell University in collaboration with the Performing and Media Arts Department. In this course, Cornell students and ReEntry participants will devise an original play which will be performed at Cornell in winter 2021, and at the Cherry ArtSpace.


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 learn theatre skill, develop scenes and plays based on the ideas each individual brings, and build community.


The ReEntry Theatre Program continues to meet weekly online - Mondays from 1-2:30 during the current social distancing orders. If you would like information on how to get involved, please email us at or call 607-241-0195.

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


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