Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

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Gain more insight into our shows and programs through in-depth conversations with actors and artists, new play readings, and intriguing discussions with local scholars and community experts.

Theatre as community.

The theatre is where we congregate to witness the transformative experience of moving storytelling with one another. Our gathering place at 1127 Vine Street not only brings incredible local and national artists to create exceptional work on our stage, but it also welcomes a diverse community of theatre lovers to constructively explore and discuss our shows together.

In addition to our productions, Ensemble Theatre has many options, such as post-show talk-backs to expert panel discussions, for our patrons to further engage with our shows and community programs. We invite you to get closer to the theatre you love with these opportunities, most of which are free.

ETC Essentials

Join us for a FREE pre-show conversation series with local scholars and community members typically held on the second Sunday matinee of a production’s run at 1:00 pm. These panels explore the themes and context of each of our productions in detail and delve into specific topics that are integral to the story being told on stage.

There is no charge for ETC Essentials, however, reservations are required so that we can ensure enough seating for participants. Upcoming ETC Essentials dates are indicated on our individual show pages as well as on our Events Listings page.

Meet the Artists

Interested in chatting with the artists behind the productions you love? Meet the Artists is a FREE post-show talkback series on the second and third Thursday evenings for each production on our main stage. Following the performance, anyone interested in staying meets in the 1125 Bar, and members of the cast join after getting out of costume.

Sit back, relax with a beverage, and chat with friends and familiar faces from on- and off-stage.

NEA Big Read: Greater Cincinnati

Cozy up with a good book and join us for the 2022-2023 NEA Big Read program! From September 2022 through June 2023, we and several partner organizations will host events centered on the themes of Sitting Pretty: The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body, a memoir-in-essays by Dr. Rebekah Taussig, including film screenings, book discussions, and a visit from the author.

Read a new book, meet new people, and be part of a larger conversation about accessibility in the modern world and broadening our understanding of our community, our neighbors, and ourselves.

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