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.
Winter 2021 includes exciting online programming beginning in January! For more information, please review the programs’ corresponding PDFs.
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.
ISTAGE PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE – WINTER/SPRING
A production opportunity of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream including online live performances and an edited video of the ensemble’s work. Directed by Associate Director of Education, Nikki Kaplan, and actor/choreographer/director Amelia Nickles.
ISTAGE ZOOM PLAY FESTIVAL
A lineup of magnificent plays from award-winning playwrights, streaming live on YouTube December 18-20, 2020.
SPEAK OUT ON STAGE ENSEMBLE
Actors work with artistic staff members to create their own original musical and play.
ISTAGE DANCE THEATRE
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 IMPROV TROUPE
The Troupe provides the opportunity for training as well as performance opportunities in Short and Long Form Improvisation. No audition necessary!
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.
Audition dates and updated information will be posted November 2020.
ADVANCED TRAINING PROGRAMS
Imagination Stage offers advanced, conservatory-style programs dedicated to intensive, pre-professional training in the areas of Acting, Musical Theatre, and Dance. Students are selected through an audition process. Previous acting/musical theatre course work and/or summer production experience is recommended.
The Acting Conservatory is an intensive 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
Musical Theatre Conservatory is an intensive 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.
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. No audition necessary!
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 2021.
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