Civic Ensemble uses theatre & drama tools to explore questions and possibilities in our schools and with young people in our community. We collaborate with students, teachers, staff, and administrators to imagine, create, problem-solve, and build capacity.

In my time at the school, the one thing that has changed hearts and minds around race was your work.

-Principal in the Ithaca City School District

Theatre in Education Programs


Youth Forum Theatre Troupe - A program for 8th-12th graders to explore issues that matter to you in our community, and create a play that aims to impact that issue. No theatre experience required. FREE for all young people.

The Youth Forum Theatre Troupe presents Indigo, an interactive play about gender identity.

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April 4 and 5 at 7pm

The Kitchen Theatre, 417 W. State St., Ithaca

Masks are required. Please bring proof of COVID vaccine or negative COVID test from within 72 hours. Tickets are FREE and first come, first serve.

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This program is made possible in part with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants program from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. 

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Our Stories, Our Solutions (OSOS)  - a multi-year partnership with the Ithaca City School District and SUNY Cortland as they both seek to address issues of racism and bias in their classrooms and school communities. Using a process of story circles, devised playmaking, and facilitated workshops, OSOS gives teachers an opportunity to practice for real life - trying on solutions and learning from and with their peers.

Our Theatre in Education Program also includes “1-off” workshops at educational sites like the Cornell Dyson School and our local elementary schools. If you are interested in having Civic Ensemble artists work with you school or classroom,  email