Imagination Stage encourages children of all abilities to discover and develop their full creative potential through the performing arts. Please note: The “register” button will directly link you to our course catalog, and you will be able to register from there.
Imagination Stage endeavors to create and inclusive and welcoming environment, as well as equitable access to all artistic and educational programming for students, staff, patrons, professional artists, and visitors of all abilities. We offer both inclusive and peer group settings, and our staff works with students and their families to identify and provide the most successful experience for each student. Parents are encouraged to provide complete information on registration forms for classes at Imagination Stage and will be contacted by a member of our Access team to discuss reasonable and respectful accommodations and support strategies. Strategies may include pre-program student/family visits, specific strategy implementation, additional staff support, and continued observation and follow-up.
ARTS ACCESS & TEEN WORKSHOPS
Specifically designed for students with cognitive/developmental disabilities, these classes offer the same curriculum covered in our general education classes, allowing students to have a deep exploration of their art form. Students will be provided a variety of entry points to the material with supports such as higher student-teacher ratios.
Pegasus Ensemble is a two-year conservatory program for students with cognitive and/or developmental disabilities, providing the opportunity to further develop their theatre arts technique and life skills while working together as an ensemble.
Students participating in residencies are encouraged and supported to further develop individual creativity, self-awareness, flexibility, empathy, and self-esteem while increasing the vital ensemble skills of communication and collaboration. Residencies are custom-designed to meet the goals of our partner organizations. Imagination Stage is proud to have designed and implemented specialized drama residency experiences for the following schools and programs:
- The Ivymount School
- Kennedy Krieger School (Rockville Campus)
- The Lourie Center for Children’s Social and Emotional Wellness
- Take 2 Summer Camp
- The Auburn School (Silver Spring)
ACCESS & INCLUSION
Access & Inclusion Liaison
Katie Keddell is a teaching artist and director who has focused on theatre accessibility for people of all abilities for over 10 years. As the Access Coordinator at Imagination Stage, she oversees all education department access and inclusion including inclusion programming, access classes designed for students with disabilities, drama residencies for specialized population schools, and the Sensory-Friendly performances. She has presented at the Kennedy Center’s LEAD conference and co-authored for the VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education publishing. She also worked as a paraprofessional in the public school system supporting students of all abilities for three years. Katie has in MA in Theatre from San Diego State University where she traveled to Morocco as a producer of a youth theatre piece.