Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

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From workshops and classes to project-based partnerships and community dialogue, our education offerings harness the dynamic power of theatre to activate learning for people of all ages and abilities.

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Each of us has a story.

Ensemble Theatre believes in the importance of enriching curious minds and empowering our community. We recognize theatre as a collaborative art form that thrives on and is strengthened by a diverse, inclusive environment and varied lived experiences.

The recipient of the 2019 Ohio Governor’s Award for Arts Education, Ensemble Theatre creates engaging social and supportive educational experiences with a goal of igniting and inspiring artistic passions.

We are committed to providing a broad range of educational and engagement programs to audiences, teachers, and students of all ages and abilities.

We use theatre to bond community, to expand and enhance our understanding of ourselves and others, and to unlock our creativity and ability as artists.

Contact us
Email our Education Department or call (513) 421-3555 x3207.

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Our Programs

We offer an array of education and engagement initiatives in schools, online, at our theatre, and throughout our community.

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Ensemble’s programs are designed to foster empathy and appreciation of others’ stories, develop next-generation artists and audiences, and provide students with creative problem-solving skills that can be applied in all areas of their lives.

  • More than 11,000 students participated in our education and engagement programs during the 2019-2020 Season.
  • 85% of students who participate in Prelude Programs said that they felt closer to their peers after completing the experience.
  • After attending a Fairy Godmother performance, 90% of students expressed an increased desire to seek out more involvement in the arts.

2,000+ students

from under-resourced schools invited to free shows through our Fairy Godmother Program

Nearly 14,000 contacts

logged by our teaching artists among 15 Hunter Heartbeat partner schools and organizations

926 audience members

attended the new plays created, designed, and performed by our Prelude Program students

Education Sponsors

William P. Anderson Foundation
Donald C. & Laura M. Harrison Family Foundation
Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation

Photo credits | Masthead, Cast of The Dancing Princesses (Mikki Schaffner); Accessibility, Phil Fiorini and Nathan Robert Pecchia in Fly by Night (Ryan Kurtz); Support, Bruce Cromer in An Iliad (Ryan Kurtz); Educator Resources, Dale Hodges and R. Graham Rogers in Sex and Education (Ryan Kurtz).

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Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati relies on hundreds of donors each season to help create extraordinary and socially-relevant productions of the highest artistic caliber and programs that challenge, excite and engage audiences.

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