What is Civic Ensemble?

Theatre Is Everyone's Birthright

Based in Ithaca, NY, Civic Ensemble is a theatre company that produces new plays, re-imagines the classics, and designs and facilitates civic engagement opportunities in our community and beyond. Civic Ensemble was founded in 2012 by Jennifer Herzog, Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr., and Sarah K. Chalmers.

Our Mission

New Play Development

Civic Ensemble's New Play Development initiative centers around the needs of the playwright.

Civic Ensemble is committed to producing and developing new plays of social relevance by or about women and people of color. We offer writers focused on these issues a place to develop their visions at their own pace from a place of power. In little more than a year, Civic has helped develop seven new plays through staged readings, workshops, and Civic Labs. Click here to learn more.


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Up Next: The Spirit of Christmas Present

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Conceived and Directed by
Fredric Villano

December 18-20
Kitchen Theatre Company
417 W. State Street, Ithaca



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Civic Ensemble
127 Cleveland Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850

Civic Ensemble is a 501c3 non-profit organization. All donations are fully tax-deductible.

Thank You For Your Support!

Community-Based Plays

Interested in social action? Feel like having fun and getting up on stage? You can participate in our next Community-Based Play! Click here to learn more.


SAFETY: A Play About Community-Police Relations