Top 10 of 2018-2019

IMAGINATION STAGE’S TOP 10 OF 2018-2019 As this season comes to a close and we look ahead to our 40th Anniversary, we would like to highlight our Top 10 moments from the past year. Thank you for being a part of this amazing season!   1. Artistic Recognition: At the 35th Annual Helen Hayes Awards, Imagination Stage received 11 nominations and two awards, including You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown winning Outstanding Production – Theatre for Young Audiences. 2. The Ballad of Mu Lan: This collaboration with Alvin Chan (playwright/director) and Honolulu Theatre for Youth allowed for many community engagement […]

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My Musical Theatre Journey with Imagination Stage, by Kayla Shomar-Corbett

My Musical Theatre Journey with Imagination Stage by Kayla Shomar-Corbett I started musical theatre at a very young age, and ever since then, I have treated it as a competitive sport. In most ways, this is something that has made me a better actor, singer, and dancer in terms of performance and rate of learning. Mentally, this took a toll on me. Imagination Stage taught me that you do what you love for your enjoyment and satisfaction, not for sport. I have learned so much, and I have become a better performer and person because of this. My conservatory experience […]

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Imagination Stage Wins Outstanding Production- Theatre for Young Audiences at the 35th Annual Helen Hayes Awards

Imagination Stage Wins Outstanding Production- Theatre for Young Audiences at the 35th Annual Helen Hayes Awards At the 35th Annual Helen Hayes Awards, held Monday, May 13, Imagination Stage received eleven nominations and won two Helen Hayes Awards, including Outstanding Production – Theatre for Young Audiences for the second year in a row for You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. Emily Lotz won Outstanding Set Design – Hayes for The Princess & The Pauper – A Bollywood Tale. These two wins mark 11 Helen Hayes Award wins and 61 nominations since the founding of Imagination Stage’s professional theatre in 1992. […]

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Imagination Profile: Jessica Boger

Imagination Profile: Jessica Boger Jessica Boger first visited Imagination Stage ten years ago and now holds the position of Secretary of Imagination Stage’s Board of Trustees. She has two daughters that participate at Imagination Stage, ages 10 and 4. Read all about her time with us and what she’s working on right now. Q: Why did you first come to Imagination Stage? We came to Imagination Stage because my oldest daughter loved theatre, drama, and musicals and IStage was the only one that held us and had us coming back show to show. Not only shows we wanted to see […]

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In the Acting Conservatory

My Experience in the Acting Conservatory at Imagination Stage by Clara Baisinger-Rosen For the past two years, I have taken part in the Acting Conservatory at Imagination Stage. It has been such an amazing experience, and I’ve learned so much about the different parts of acting-physicality, dialogue, and every other aspect of theatre. Of all the acting classes I’ve looked at in the past, this has been by far the most influential and educational program I have ever taken part in. I first decided to audition for the Acting Conservatory when I realized I wanted to focus on the acting […]

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Dream Bigger: One Teacher’s Experience with Learning through Theatre

Dream Bigger: One Teacher’s Experience with Learning through Theatre Connie Kang is a third grade teacher at Highland Elementary School. She’s a child of a first generation immigrant and a fan of arts integrated education. “Many parents are working to provide basic necessities for their families and don’t have the time or finances to look for outside programs or experiences,” said Connie. “Or being new to the country, they don’t have the know-how or the resources to find them. A child of first-generation immigrants myself, my model for the world was my school.” Imagination Stage’s Learning through Theatre program provides […]

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Óyeme, the beautiful – 2019 tour

MEDIA CONTACT: Jessica Pettit Imagination Stage [email protected] 301-280-1641 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Play Óyeme, the Beautiful Highlights the plight of unaccompanied minors, refugees, and immigrants Three Special Performances Around Washington, D.C. Seek to Build Empathy, Advocacy, and Policy Solutions BETHESDA, MD (March 4, 2019) This March, Imagination Stage hosts three special performances of Óyeme, the beautiful – a powerful and timely play about the spiritual, emotional, and physical journey of unaccompanied minors, refugees, and other immigrants. Óyeme, the beautiful was inspired by the stories of students from around the D.C. area who fled violence in Central America. The professional production tours annually – […]

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Pegasus Ensemble presents: O, Wonder! A Tempest Tale

Imagination Stage’s Pegasus Ensemble presents O, Wonder! A Tempest Tale The culmination of a two-year actor training program designed for students with cognitive or developmental disabilities Article by Giovanna Yarn On a Wednesday evening at Imagination Stage, the eleven members of the Pegasus Ensemble arrive with bright smiles as they greet one another with open arms, cheers, and laughter. Their evident comradery is electric, especially for director Kirsten Grorud. “This is one of the kindest group of actors I’ve ever worked with—they really root for one another and help each other backstage. I think the characters in this piece speak […]

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Imagination Stage Nominated for 11 Helen Hayes Awards

Imagination Stage Nominated for 11 Helen Hayes Awards Three Imagination Stage productions have been nominated for Helen Hayes Awards, for a total of 11 nominations.  “We are delighted to be recognized in so many of the Hayes categories from design, to acting and direction,” said Imagination Stage Founding Artistic Director Janet Stanford. “It’s a tribute to the Washington theatre community which shares its talents with young people as well as adults.”  See the full list of nominations below!  The Princess & The Pauper- A Bollywood Tale                     Outstanding Set Design, Emily […]

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Anatole: Mouse Magnifique Director’s Note

Anatole: Mouse Magnifique Director’s Note I was first introduced to the Anatole stories when I was a child and my best friend’s mother read them to us. I know I loved them then but they had faded from my memory until Janet gave me a copy of an Anatole book she used to read to her children. It was like seeing an old friend. I remembered how much I enjoyed the character of Anatole, how much his heroic efforts thrilled me, and how his adventures through Paris ignited my imagination. I was reminded of the spirit of these stories and their simple and […]

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