Conservatories & Ensembles Liaison
Nikki Kaplan, Associate Director of Education at Imagination Stage, began her career as a performer with accomplishments as an actress, singer, and dancer. She has helped to shape Imagination Stage’s framework for curriculum and has led several best practices professional development workshops for teaching artists. Nikki oversees Imagination Stage’s acclaimed Conservatory and Ensemble program and has directed over 15 shows. Favorites include Mulan, Footloose, The Addams Family, and The Manhattan Project’s Alice in Wonderland. Nikki holds a BA in Theatre/Acting from Arizona State University and an MA in Educational Theater from New York University, as well as having studied at American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.
Grades K-3 Creative Drama & Musical Theatre Liaison
Alison Gee, Senior Faculty Elementary Grades K-3 at Imagination Stage, earned her MFA degree in drama from Syracuse University and studied with Shakespeare and Company. For over twenty years, Alison has worked with children in theatres, schools, day camps, and residential Summer camps. She was the Director for Kid’s Kingdom at both the Virginia Renaissance Faire and the Bristol Renaissance Faire, where she wrote and performed in numerous shows. At Imagination Stage, she most recently assistant directed the ISPE productions, Footloose and The Manhattan Project’s Alice in Wonderland, and directed the SOOS Company’s 2015 production of Fanatics. She also is a professional storyteller and her local performances include events at the White House, the National Cathedral, and Imagination Stage. As an approved MCPS Cultural Artist she has been an Artist in Residence at numerous Maryland preschools and elementary schools. In addition to performing, directing, and teaching drama for children, Alison has lectured at regional camp conferences and other workshops on the topics of theatre games and creative play.
Grades 4-12 Acting & Musical Theatre Liaison
Claire Bancroft is the Education Program Coordinator at Imagination Stage. She has a background in arts administration, teaching artistry, theatrical performance, and directing. She has planned and executed arts education programs and youth performances for students of all ages both during and outside of the school day for companies such as Seattle Children’s Theatre, Missoula Children’s Theatre, and Stages Theatre Company. Claire has an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University and a BA from Macalester College.