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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 a play that aims to impact that issue.

Join us this spring for our next Forum Theatre play, Fly Mei to the Moon.

Friday, March 24 at 7pm at the Community School of Music & Art

330 E. State St. / MLK in Ithaca

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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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