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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 and while we are in rehearsals, we are not holding open ReEntry sessions. If you are interested in getting involved with the ReEntry Theatre Program, please contact Gabriella at or 607-622-0303.

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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

Civic Ensemble's ReEntry Theatre Program is a proud member of the Humanities New York Post-Incarceration Humanities Partnership cohort. 


Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed on this website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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