Imagination Stage

Training & Performance

As students mature and gain greater facility in their craft, Imagination Stage takes them from technique to production. Conservatories and other intensive courses offer advanced training for upper middle and high school students that culminates in a final performance. Ensembles provide high-quality performance opportunities in the Christopher and Dana Reeve Studio Theatre or The Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Theatre.

Performance Ensembles

Ensembles jump straight into the rehearsal process with a focus on performance and production.

Key Details

  • 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.
  • For more information, please contact Nikki Kaplan, conservatories and ensembles liaison.
Contact Nikki Kaplan

PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLES


GRADES 7-12

IStage Performance Ensemble: Romeo & Juliet

The IStage Performance Ensemble gives teen performers with intermediate to advanced level performance skills the opportunity to apply their technique toward a performance. Plays and musicals are staged in the Imagination Stage Lerner Family Theatre and are supported with professional costumes, lights, scenery, and props.


Auditions scheduled for December 13, 15, and January 5

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GRADES 9-12

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.



Auditions by appointment on December 2, 7, and January 4.

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GRADES 4-6

Speak Out On Stage Ensemble

Actors work with artistic staff members to create their own original musical and play.


Auditions for this program are closed.  Auditions for the next incoming class will be held in Summer 2022.

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GRADES 7-12

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.

Contact Ashlee McKinnon
GRADES 9-12

Teen Improv Troupe

The Troupe provides the opportunity for training as well as performance opportunities in short- and long-form improvisation.

No audition necessary!

Contact Nikki Kaplan

Advanced Training Programs

Intensive, Pre-professional Training In Acting, Musical Theatre, And Dance.

Key Details

  • Students are selected through an audition process.
  • Previous area-specific coursework and/or summer production experience is recommended.
  • Due to the intensive and ensemble nature of the programs, actors must have consistent and dependable attendance, and participate with focus and dedication.
Contact Nikki Kaplan

ADVANCED TRAINING


GRADES 7-10

Acting Conservatory 

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 toward performing a fully supported non-musical production with a guest team of directors and designers from the Washington, DC, professional theatre community.


Auditions for this program are closed. Auditions for the next incoming class will be held in Summer 2022.

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GRADES 7-10

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.


Auditions for this program are closed. Auditions for the next incoming class will be held in Summer 2022.

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(GRADES 6-12)

Dance Academy

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!

Contact Ashlee McKinnon
(AGES 14-21)

Pegasus

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. 


Auditions for this program are closed. Auditions for the next incoming class will be held in Summer 2023.

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