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Entertain your creative side, think on your feet, and speak loud and proud with educational experiences for schools and groups.

Get creative with your group.

Looking for engaging arts programs for your school, to beef up your business skills, or participate in with friends or colleagues? Ensemble Theatre offers a variety of different programs, workshops, and residencies for schools and groups designed to inspire you to take on the world with creativity and passion, no matter your age.

Whether you’re seeking a program centered on modern life skills and communication or improvisation and fundamental acting methods, we have something everyone can enjoy.

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Email our Education Department or call (513) 421-3555 x3207 to register your school or group for one of these programs!

Shows for students

Student Matinees

Our student matinees are open to public, private, and home schools as well as to other educational groups and are the same professional productions staged for evening and weekend audiences. In addition, free pre- and post-show discussions are available to add on to your trip and teachers receive downloadable study guides,


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Fairy Godmother performances

Each season, our Fairy Godmother Program brings thousands of children and teens, whose schools have little or no arts funding, to experience the magic of live theatre for free. The program also includes bus transportation, snacks at intermission, meeting the cast, and take-home enrichment activities.


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Our arts residencies are customized to each participating group’s academic priorities and offer flexible scheduling that can span between 4 weeks to 9 months depending upon your needs.

Prelude Program

Our flagship arts education program fulfills Common Core Standards using the dynamic, collaborative, and fun process of theatre. This in-school residency is a fun and interactive hands-on introduction to theatre and allows students to write, design, rehearse, and perform their own play. The program engages students to be active arts participants and work collectively, encouraging creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills.


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Hunter Heartbeat

Centered on Shakespeare’s works, this program uses theatre to teach social, communication, and life skills to students with autism and other developmental disabilities. Sessions are typically a three- to nine-month commitment and are customized to students’ needs.


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Play in a Week

Write, design, build, and perform an original play all in the span of 5 days! Designed to help foster creativity and the spirit of play while building problem solving, teamwork, and communication skills, this workshop is an encapsulated version of our popular Prelude Program.

Recommended for participants age 7+

Looking for something else?

Ensemble Theatre’s list of residencies is always growing. If you’re seeking other specific experiential theatre residencies, please contact our Director of Education at vaslanides@ensemblecincinnati.org for more information.


Ensemble Theatre presents numerous different in-school and virtual workshops for all educational ranges and needs. Explore the growing list of different workshops offered throughout the year.

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Actor’s Toolbox

Our most basic workshop, this introductory course teaches 21st Century Skills through theatrical games and exercises. A focus is placed on warming up the mind, body, and voice. This workshop can be customized to suit participants’ needs, age ranges, and interests.

Recommended for participants age 5+

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Story-Making Machine

Using the improv game called Machine, students develop original monologues and a complete one-act play through movement and collaboration in just 90-minutes. Often used as a warm-up or ice breaker, Machine is also great for creating new student work. The use of repetition, shape, gesture, levels, and tempo can help create developed characters and a better understanding of storytelling.

Recommended for participants age 10+

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Interactive Storytelling

We invite participants to work with our artists to complete a customized story-creation template. Once the story is crafted, students work to bring their creation to life through performance. The story templates and workshop format are personalized to fit each groups’ ages, abilities, interests, and curriculum. Storytelling is a one-time workshop, or as a series with progressively challenging templates that engage students’ skills in vocabulary, reading comprehension, and character development.

Appropriate for ages 3+

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Improve Your Life with Improv

Ever watch “Whose Line is it Anyway?” and wish you could join the actors on stage? In this introduction to improv workshop, students learn the basics of improvisation in a fun, high-energy setting. Focus is placed on students thinking on their toes, collaboration, and letting go of their inhibitions.

Recommended for participants age 6+

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It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It

How often have you heard (or said), “don’t take that tone with me”? In this workshop, students explore the power of voice and how to use it safely and wisely. From there, they will work to create their own unique character using the power of their voice. Other topics addressed in this workshop include: stage fright, public speaking, and vocal health.

Recommended for participants ages 7+


Yoga & Wellness for the Actor

Yoga and Wellness for the Actor is a comprehensive workshop with a certified yoga instructor which focuses on moving mindfully for the actors’ bodyfocused breathing, and integrating wellness practices into your daily routine.

Recommended for participants ages 7+

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Photo credits | Fairy Godmother, cast of Sleeping Beauty (Ryan Kurtz); Actor’s Toolbox, Alfred Wilson & Cheryl Bruce in Gem of the Ocean (Sandy Underwood); Story-making Machine, Bruce Cromer in St. Nicholas (Ryan Kurtz); Interactive Storytelling, Annie Fitzpatrick & Morgan Grahame in Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Sandy Underwood); Improv, Warren Kelly and David Arden Engel in Moonlight and Magnolias (Sandy Underwood); What You Say, Sara Mackie and Michael Bath in Mauritius (Sandy Underwood)