Top 10 of 2019-2020

IMAGINATION STAGE’S TOP 10 OF 2019-2020 This season was unexpected in many ways, but with great challenges come great opportunities for innovation. We appreciate the dedication and support we have received from our families and supporters. Thank you for being a part of this amazing season – we invite you to look back at our Top 10 moments from the last year at Imagination Stage.   1. Shifting our Educational programming to meet the pandemic. A summer online started off with the popularity of our “You & Me” storytime adventures, providing our families an opportunity to enjoy early childhood workshops […]

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Janet Stanford to Become New Producing Artistic Director

Monday night at the annual quarterly board meeting, Imagination Stage Board President Patrick O’Neil announced that Janet Stanford will be appointed the new Producing Artistic Director of Imagination Stage starting January 1, 2021. This new role will be the senior leader of Imagination Stage and will be responsible for the organization’s strategic direction. As Producing Artistic Director, Stanford will lead the organization to reach its mission to empower young people to discover their voice and identity through performing arts education and professional theatre. “Throughout her tenure with Imagination Stage, Janet has led the organization from a community-based arts organization to […]

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The State of the Stage: The Importance of Digital Learning

  Educators could never have predicted that 2020 would lead to completely digital learning – but with a great challenge comes great opportunity! As our education team joins millions of teachers around the world transitioning to the digital space, we are excited to discover, utilize, and refine the tools provided by this unique teaching environment. Like many educators, we have developed our fall arts curriculum with virtual learning at the forefront, and we have chosen topics and methodologies specific to how students can best learn online. During the time of COVID, when we are all struggling to find moments of connection […]

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Playwrights’ Voices Series

Playwrights’ Voices The arts can be a great way to express yourself – just ask some of the great playwrights who have worked with Imagination Stage! We asked them about why they write, and how children can make sure their voices are heard. Deborah Wicks La Puma Deborah Wicks La Puma is a composer, music director, orchestrator and choral conductor. Her work for adults and children has been seen by audience members around the globe, from Singapore to Australia to the East Room of the White House. Her musical arranging credits in Theatre for Young Audiences include hits such as  Mo […]

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Children’s Fest Digital Supply List

Throw on your best garden party attire and join us for this larger than life event on June 27, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Be sure to RSVP for access to the event premiere link on our Facebook page or our website. And don’t forget to enter the Mystery Raffle! Click Here to Join the Fun! Become a 40th Anniversary Sponsor and receive your very own Children’s Festival Activity Box here. *Included in the Children’s Festival Activity Box. Share your captured moments with #IStageFest20. Here is a digital list of supplies you’ll need to follow along with our Children’s Festival activities: Pre-event […]

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Children’s Festival – Larger than Life – Mystery Raffle

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE! Win one (1) of our exciting Mystery Boxes! The boxes contain mystery items from generous local businesses in the DMV area! MYSTERY BOX RAFFLE TICKET 1 Ticket for $20 or 3 Tickets for $50 Family Basket includes donations from:     Family Basket Fair Market Value Total: $430   Parent Basket includes donations from:             Parent Basket Fair Market Value Total: $796 Thank you for taking part in our Mystery Raffle and helping Imagination Stage empower ALL young people to discover their voice and identity through performing arts education and professional theatre.

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Talking to Your Children About Racism

Black Lives Matter. Parents and educators, including those in the Imagination Stage community, can play a role in dismantling systemic racism by teaching about it. This past week, we have been sharing a variety of resources for families on our social media pages regarding how to talk to children about race and racism. Here, we have compiled them in one place for you to read, learn, and pass on. Keep an eye out on our social media for more in the coming days – the struggle for racial equality and social justice is far from over.   It must be […]

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Summer Camp Update – May 28

Dear Imagination Stage Families, The health and safety of our patrons, staff, and artists are always of paramount importance to Imagination Stage. In line with recent recommendations from the CDC and state of Maryland regarding COVID-19, we will no longer be able to hold any of our summer camps scheduled to start in June and July. If you are signed up for additional camps throughout the summer, we are awaiting CDC guidance and will be making decisions about cancellations week by week. You can read more about when camp decisions will be made here. It is our sincere hope to […]

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From the Executive Director: In Memory of Stephen Hayes

Dear Imagination Stage Families, It is with very great sadness that I share the news of the passing of Stephen A. Hayes on Friday May 22. Stephen was Imagination Stage President of the Board from 2005 to 2007.  Before, during, and after his Presidency he was a singular advocate for our organization.  His most enduring contribution was that he significantly heightened the profile of our organization, in part by bringing extraordinary people onto the board who helped position us for the opportunities that the new building offered, those new board members included John Kane, John Ourisman, Tom Collamore, and Billy […]

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