Whittle School & Studio Signs Imagination Stage to Advise on Global Arts Education

This New Collaboration Brings Imagination Stage’s Expertise to the School’s Shenzhen Campus

Whittle School & Studios have announced they are partnering with Imagination Stage to bring the theatre’s ground-breaking arts education expertise to the School’s Shenzhen campus. Imagination Stage will serve as a consultant and adviser to the Shenzhen campus where it will work collaboratively with Whittle educators and administrators to create a robust and innovative theatre program.

This is the first time Imagination Stage has partnered with a school of this size and global reach. Whittle School & Studios, which opened the doors to its first two campuses last month in Shenzhen and Washington, D.C., is creating a modern, global network of schools, where education extends beyond the school day through its Studios

Bonnie Fogel, Founder and Executive Director of Imagination Stage, discussing Imagination Stage’s work with the Whittle School & Studios and other upcoming initiatives for the Maryland Board of Public Works.


“Imagination Stage and the Whittle Schools & Studios share a commitment to innovation in education,” said Bonnie Fogel, Founder and Executive Director of Imagination Stage, “We are excited that the team at Whittle recognizes Imagination Stage as the leader in theatre education and contracted us to bring this expertise to their students in Shenzhen. We are firm believers that the arts are essential to the education of global citizens and look forward to furthering our global reach and connection through this collaboration.”

“At Whittle School & Studios we are passionate about expanding learning opportunities for students beyond the traditional school day–after school, on weekends and during the summer. We believe that to learn deeply, the experience should be creative, multi-disciplinary and fully-immersive. Theatre itself is a multi-sensory experience that creates opportunities for students to learn about themselves and the world around them. We are thrilled to be partnering with Imagination Stage with whom we share a great passion for creativity and innovation,” said Li Jing, Whittle School & Studios Studios President.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Imagination Stage is a national leader in Theatre for Young Audiences and arts education. Imagination Stage is recognized globally as an arts innovator for its commissions from around the world, collaborations with international troupes, and participation in global festivals.

Whittle School & Studios’ Imagination Stage program is set to launch in Summer 2020. Further details to follow.

ABOUT WHITTLE SCHOOL & STUDIOS Whittle School & Studios is on a mission to create the world’s first truly modern school serving students from age 3 to 18, with a global network of exceptional private school campuses. Founded by Chris Whittle, an early leader of the charter school movement in the United States, the school is forming local partnerships in over 30 major cities around the world, starting with campuses in Washington DC and Shenzhen which opened in 2019. Whittle School & Studios brings together renowned educators to provide a world-class education for its students, one that is personalized, prepares students for the future, and enables unique global exchange experiences.

Founded in 1979, Imagination Stage is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to inspire creativity through theatre and arts education programs that nurture, challenge, and empower young people of all abilities. It offers year-round professional theatre for young audiences and classes in creative drama/acting, musical theatre, dance, and filmmaking for ages 1-18.


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