At its Bethesda center, Imagination Stage serves over 4,000 students each year with a continuum of class offerings for ages 1-18 in acting, musical theatre, dance, and digital media. We also offer professional development workshops for educators. After many years of offering classes in DC schools, we now offer programming in the same neighborhoods as the theatres in which we offer professional theatre. All programs accommodate models for students of all abilities and socio-economic backgrounds.
LEARNING THROUGH THEATRE
Since 2013, Imagination Stage’s Learning through Theatre program has reached nearly 8,000 Montgomery County Title I third-grade students and their teachers and 10,000 DCPS and DC Public Charter School students and teachers. It is an innovative arts partnership between Imagination Stage, MCPS, DCPS, DC Public Charter Schools, and DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative. Learning through Theatre melds professional live theatre with the third-grade curriculum, thereby building confidence, creativity and offering a wider world view for children who otherwise would not be exposed to the creative arts.
¡Oyeme! is a collaborative project that responds to the surge of refugee children fleeing violence from Central America who have arrived in Montgomery County. Many of the children have experienced horrific circumstances in their country of origin as well as in the migration here. Our Project partners include Imagination Stage, The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), Montgomery County Department of Recreation, Councilmember Nancy Navarro, and the Department of Health and Human Service’s Street Outreach Network (SON).
Imagination Stage’s Teaching Artists use theatre arts and the curriculum in your classroom to help enhance student learning during their school day over a set number of weeks. Throughout the sessions of the residency (45 minutes – 1-hour sessions) the Teaching Artists work with students to fully explore a selected academic subject using drama, music, movement and visual arts. Imagination Stage Teaching Artists can build a residency tailored to your school from the guidelines set forth in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards (CCR).
Over the past year, we have worked on partnerships with the Spanish Education Development Center and Community Artspace thanks to generosity from the Creative Spark initiative at the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities. We also partner with The Atlas and THEARC in DC to bring our professional theatre productions to the community along with additional educational workshops for families and teachers.
Imagination Stage offers professional developments sessions that develop and strengthen arts-based instructional strategies teachers can use in the classroom. Past workshop themes have included stimulating creativity for early learners, the fundamentals of teaching drama, STEM to STEAM strategies, and more.