As students mature and gain greater facility in their craft, Imagination Stage takes them from technique to production. Conservatories offer advanced training for upper middle and high school students that culminates in a final production. Ensembles provide high-quality performance opportunities in The Christopher and Dana Reeve Studio Theatre or The Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Theatre. Click here for ticketing information about upcoming student performances. Please note: The “register” button will directly link you to our course catalog, and you will be able to register from there.
Ensembles jump straight into the rehearsal process with a focus on performance and production. Programs span one or two semesters in length and meet two to three times a week for rehearsals. Previous acting/musical theatre course work and/or summer production experience is recommended.
Actors work with artistic staff members to create their own original musical.
Actors rehearse a popular musical and perform on the Lerner Stage
An intensive, performance-based ensemble for dancers who demonstrate a strong foundation in dance technique. The ensemble culminates in a dance performance showcase in the Spring semester.
Teen actors work in a professional and intensive rehearsal process for their production taking place on the Lerner Family Theatre Stage.
TEEN IMPROV TROUPE
The Troupe provides the opportunity for training as well as performance opportunities in Short and Long Form Improvisation.
SCREEN ACTORS PROJECT
Actors interested in the medium of film learn the unique techniques of working in front of the camera by rehearsing for and performing a fully-fledged original movie.
Conservatories require a two-year commitment and are dedicated to intensive, pre-professional training. Each program culminates with a production during their final semester.
This program focuses on classical dance training in ballet and modern styles. Students develop proper alignment, strength, and endurance while also applying their training to higher level choreography.
The Acting Conservatory is an intensive two-year acting technique training opportunity for students entering grades 7-10 (completing the program as 8-11 graders). Their final semester is spent applying their acquired skills towards rehearsing and performing a fully supported non-musical production with a guest team of directors and designers from the professional theatre community of Washington, DC.
Musical Theatre Conservatory is an intensive two-year musical theatre technique training opportunity for students entering grades 7-10 (completing the program as 8-11 graders). Their final semester is spent applying their acquired skills towards rehearsing and performing a fully supported musical production with a guest team of directors and designers from the professional theatre community of Washington, DC.
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.
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.
Associate Director of Education