Imagination Stage encourages children of all abilities to discover and develop their full creative potential through the performing arts. Click the “register” button to find our course catalog.
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Imagination Stage endeavors to create an 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.
THE PEGASUS ENSEMBLE
Pegasus Ensemble is a two-year conservatory program designed solely for students with disabilities, providing one year of acting training to develop performance and ensemble skills and a second year to perform in a fully realized production. Pegasus is currently in a production year and will next be auditioning Summer of 2019.
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:
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.