IMAGINATION STAGE’S TOP 10 OF 2018-2019
As this season comes to a close and we look ahead to our 40th Anniversary, we would like to highlight our Top 10 moments from the past year. Thank you for being a part of this amazing season!
1. Artistic Recognition: At the 35th Annual Helen Hayes Awards, Imagination Stage received 11 nominations and two awards, including You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown winning Outstanding Production – Theatre for Young Audiences.
2. The Ballad of Mu Lan: This collaboration with Alvin Chan (playwright/director) and Honolulu Theatre for Youth allowed for many community engagement experiences with DC’s Chinese-American community, including welcoming a delegation from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to opening night in honor of 40 years of Chinese-US Relations.
3. International Student Collaborations: Imagination Stage hosted the Piano Theatre – a Russian Theatre Company that focuses on the creative and social rehabilitation of hearing impaired children – for a week of collaboration with the IStage Dance Theatre student ensemble.
4. Theatre for Change: Imagination Stage expanded its commitment to using theatre as a tool for social change through three programs: the 2019 Óyeme, the beautiful tour included VIP performances and panels at Catholic University of America, American Art Museum, Lutheran Church of the Reformation, and more. The tour was also profiled on WAMU-FM .
For the second year, we collaborated with the DC Police Foundation to lead DC Metropolitan Police officers and youth through arts-based workshops to foster understanding, mutual respect, and relationship building.
For the first time, we partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services to bring theatre workshops to the Clarksburg Correctional Facility.
5. New Year, New Look: We opened a new and improved lobby space at the opening night of Cinderella with a VIP unveiling attended by the Comptroller of Maryland Peter Franchot, Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and other state and county leaders.
6. Financial Successes: We exceeded both our fall and summer semester tuition goals – this summer being the most successful camp season in Imagination Stage’s history!
7. Access & Inclusion: Through our field trip program and commitment to accessibility, a student who attends school remotely due to medical necessity was able to meet his classmates for the very first time at an Imagination Stage field trip performance!
8. Student Empowerment: Our teen performing ensembles worked with the marketing team to learn to promote their own shows through social media, photo ops, and the Imagination Stage blog. Read about two students’ experiences here and here.
9. Miriam Gonzales: We were excited to award playwright Miriam Gonzales the 2018 Imagine Award at the Annual Gala. We also celebrated with Miriam as she earned national recognition – her play The Smartest Girl in the World (Imagination Stage, 2017) won the American Alliance for Theatre and Education award for Best New Play and Óyeme, the beautiful, originally commissioned by Imagination Stage, was picked up to be published by Dramatic Publishing.
10. Special Event Rocks: The 2019 Children’s Festival exceeded goal, raising more than $75,000 to support the work of Imagination Stage!