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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.

Theatre in Education Programs


Youth Forum Theatre Troupe - A program for 7th-12th graders to explore issues that matter to you in our community, and create an interactive play that aims to impact that issue.

Fall 2023 performance: 

Sunday, December 10 at 4pm at the LACS Black Box Theatre, 111 Chestnut St., Ithaca | FREE

Join youth leaders from across Tompkins County to for an interactive play about students accessing the resources they need. A story of self-love, joy, and neurodiversity, this play will invite dialogue about access needs in schools.


Learn more about the program through this short documentary about our 2021-2022 program year:

Our Stories, Our Solutions (OSOS)  - a participatory theatre experience supporting workplace communities in noticing and intervening in racism within their community. Using a process of story circles, devised playmaking, and facilitated workshops, OSOS gives staff members an opportunity to practice for real life - trying on solutions and learning from and with their peers. For information on bringing this program to your workplace, contact

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

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

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