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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.

Special events

Join us for special performances, behind-the-scenes experiences, and community-building conversations.

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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.

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Show Up! A Young Professionals Event

Meet new people in this series by young professionals, for young professionals. YPs can get an exclusive discounted ticket to the designated Show Up! performance of each production. After the show, YPs will walk to a nearby restaurant or bar to mingle, discuss the show, and enjoy complimentary small bites and a beverage!

The $25 Show Up! ticket includes admission to the show and post-show bites and a drink.

Show Up!

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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 Thursday evening and second Sunday afternoon 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.


Ensemble Theatre presents numerous workshops that range from one to two sessions. Explore our different workshops that can be booked throughout the year!

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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.

Requires a group of 10 or more to book. Please contact our Education Department to reserve.

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.

Requires a group of 10 or more to book. Please contact our Education Department to reserve.

Relaxed performances

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Attend a performance in a judgment-free environment with slight modifications made for patrons with sensory and vestibular sensitivities, Autism, or developmental disabilities to enjoy live theatre. These are typically scheduled for the third Saturday matinee of each production and include a discounted ticket rate.

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