Imagination Stage

Imagination Stage empowers ALL young people to discover their voice and identity through performing arts education and professional theatre.

For more information, visit their website


We aim to cultivate skills that will serve young people throughout their lives while providing them with high quality performance training from professional teaching artists. We believe that by fostering imagination and creativity through our theatre training, students are prepared with innovative ideas and multiple ways to express themselves and have their voices heard.

General Description of Education Initiatives: 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 min – 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).  Imagination Stage offers professional development 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.
Enhance classroom learning with field trips to Imagination Stage! Experiencing live theatre encourages students to read, develop critical and creative thinking, and be curious about the world around them. Bring your class to a show in our state-of-the-art theatre to support your curriculum.  For more information, visit their education page.

Partnership with DC Collaborative

DC Collaborative member since 2003.

"Each year the DC Collaborative helps us to reach 3,000-4,000 DC public and charter school students through our Learning through Theatre program where teachers receive a comprehensive resource guide, professional development and tickets and transportation for a field trip. This year we will open the opportunity to 4,000 third grade students and teachers at TheARC. The Collaborative knows how to do appropriate outreach and coordination so the experience is successful to all. Their focus on equity and impact is evident in all their work."

Arts and Humanities for Every Student Provider

Imagination Stage is an AHFES provider! 

Story Bank Blog

Imagination Stage is featured on DC Collaborative's Story Bank Blog! 

  • "A Look Inside Imagination Stage's 'Looking for Roberto Clemente'"- November 29, 2016
  • "Aiton Elementary School Goes to Imagination Stage"- April 10, 2015

Fun Fact! Imagination Stage will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020!

Contact their education department: Joanne Seelig at OR Danielle Pampinella at

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Mailing: 975 F Street, NW
Location: 923 F Street, NW, #303
Washington, DC 20004
P: 202.470.6467

The DC Collaborative is a FY19 Service Organization grant recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The DC Collaborative is proud to receive a grant for its Collective Impact work supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.