Climates of Change

A collaborative project between Civic Ensemble and Cornell University Department of Performing and Media Arts, sponsored by Engaged Cornell

Story Circles

Civic Ensemble is organizing Story Circles throughout the area with community members, students, scientists, and artists. A Story Circle is an opportunity to share your stories, what you have personally experienced in your home, work, and elsewhere. These stories (with your permission) will become part of a play, featuring both students and community members, to be performed in December. This original work will be the culmination of the Theatre and Social Change course offered at Cornell University this semester, co-taught by Civic Ensemble and CU’s Department of Performing and Media Arts, in collaboration with Cornell Climatologist Toby Ault, funded by Engaged Cornell.

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Public Story Circles

Open to everyone aged 12+; no preparation needed, just show up! Food provided.

Wednesday, October 4  7pm-8pm @ Collegetown Bagels at East Hill Plaza

Sunday, October 8  12pm-2pm @ Cayuga Nature Center

Saturday, October 14  2pm-4pm @ The History Center in Tompkins County

Tuesday, October 17  6:30pm-8:30pm @ The History Center in Tompkins County

There are many story circles scheduled with specific groups and populations. These are the story circles open to the public.

The Play


Co-directed by Sarah K. Chalmers & Godfrey L. Simmons

Created in collaboration with the community and developed by students of the Department of Performing and Media Arts’ Theatre and Social Change class with the guidance of Civic Ensemble‘s artists, the play is created from stories told by various communities throughout Tompkins County about global warming: the controversies, the science, the economic impacts, and the different ways this crisis affects diverse populations.

Delivered in the style of a Living Newspaper, a theatrical form popularized during the Federal Theatre Project of the 1930s, this project is funded by a grant from Engaged Cornell and created in collaboration with climatologist Toby Ault.

December 1 & 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Film Forum
Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts