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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.

Join us in 2024 for six weeks of theatre games, building community and building skills to make an impact. 

Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30pm at the Tompkins County Public Library. FREE and we'll have a light meal at all sessions. No theatre experience necessary.

February 6, 13, 27, March 5, 12, 19

Youth, click here to sign up.

Parent/guardian click here for permission form 


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

Thank you to our sponsors and grant-makers for support of the Youth Forum Theatre Troupe!

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This program is made possible in part through the Community Arts Partnership’s “Grants for Arts Program,” with funds from Tompkins County.

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This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism Program.

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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