Imagination Stage Police and Youth Program

The Imagination Stage Police and Youth Program is a collaborative project that strives to build positive relationships between DC Metropolitan Police officers and youth through mentorship and arts learning.

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Artist Mas Paz shows how to screenprint a custom T-shirt.

Both police officers and youth participate in weekly workshops facilitated by Imagination Stage teaching artists. These workshops use theatre exercises, performance, and improvisational games to inspire bonding, understanding, and community building. Special guest artists are also brought in to introduce other art forms, such as spoken word and graffiti art.

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Youth and officers performing on stage together.

Through this program, a space is provided for youth and officers to create art and share experiences that strengthen relationships and foster a community of trust and understanding that can be taken beyond the workshop. Our lead partner is the DC Police Foundation; the project is supported by DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities and funded in part by a grant from The Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.


“It’s not about where you start, but where you finish.”
Poem by youth participant.

What's Next?

Imagination Stage has commissioned Miriam Gonzales (¡Óyeme!) to write a play based on the ideas, conversations, and discoveries from our workshops between police and youth. The play will be workshopped for test audiences in 2020 and tour local schools with an accompanying educational workshop in 2021.

Read more on our blog! 

To learn more, contact Joanne Seelig Lamparter, Director of Education & Theatre for Change, at [email protected] or 301-280-1646.