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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Single Organization Support, Theater

Mission: Imagination Theater provides diverse audiences with original, dynamic, participatory theatrical programming that enhances well being and creates a more civil, safe society.

Target demographics: diverse audiences

Direct beneficiaries per year: approximately 35,000 people by presenting over 250 shows in Illinois and across the US.

Geographic areas served: the Chicago area

Programs: FOR K-8th GRADE STUDENTS: -Ease the Tease -Show Some Respect -No Secrets ...and many other programs that address a variety of social issues. FOR HS STUDENTS: -Aware Individuals: A Dialogue About Sex and HIV/AIDS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS: -College 101: Beyond the Books (appropriate for new student orientation) ADULTS AND CORPORATIONS: -Custom Designed Workshops to meet your organization's needs FOR OLDER ADULTS: -Senior Spotlight: Chicago And All that Jazz (music and theater therapy show for the elderly)

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Rating: 5

Imagination Theater brings an element of simplicity to otherwise very complicated issues our school children are facing in their young lives. Their approach to teaching the students with a sense of humor really keeps them engaged and helps them understand at their developmental level. I am a school social worker who works with a very diverse population, and I feel that all of the students I work with can understand and connect with the actors in some way. The presentations are very engaging and fun! We can't wait to have them back to our school!

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Bethany at Imagination Theater Thanks so much! We look forward to working with you all again in the future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This company was easy to work with and communication was excellent throughout the whole process. The performers were mindful of the age group they were trying to target and got every student engaged throughout the assembly. Students walked away with a great message of respect and were talking about the assembly the following days at school.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The kids were completely engaged with Imagination Theater's performance. Very necessary for the students to see every year!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to the actors who came to MacNeal School yesterday and did an incredible performance with the students. They engaged everyone and their material was updated and edgy enough to be really meaningful. Excellent job and we will have you back!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Imagination Theater has served our K - 8 student population in the past with great success. It is a unique tool to raise awareness about a very serious and sensitive topic. We are excited to bring Imagination Theater to our school again next month. We certainly could not do it without the grant due to the fact that over 80% of our students are at or below poverty level. Thanks, Imagination Theater!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Imagination Theater is a staple of the elementary and middle school experience. I personally have witnessed the profound effect of their performances on students for the past 20 years! As a counselor in a K-5 school, I invited them to meet with our 2nd-5th grade students last school year, 2013-2014. Their performance was so impactful that the safety room was busy until the end of the school day. To this day, students still remember what they learned about how to stay safe in vulnerable situations. Theater, in general, is one of the most powerful tools for transforming the lives of all children. Let's continue supporting this valuable resource.

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Bethany at Imagination Theater 11/01/2014

Thank you so much for the great review, and I'm thrilled that we have been able to work with you and your students for 20 years!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an 8th grade teacher and our students have greatly benefited from this program. Thank you!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a counselor with Chicago Public Schools. I work with students with special needs ages 16-21. Many of the students I work with have a difficult time with self-advocacy and reporting instances of teasing, bullying, abuse, etc. Imagination Theater did an EXCELLENT job of modifying the performance to meet the needs of our students. The interactive nature of the program helped my students to better understand the topics that were being presented. The Imagination Theater performers do a wonderful job dealing with sensitive subjects and the support they provide to students and staff after the performance is outstanding. I highly recommend this program for all grade levels.

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Bethany at Imagination Theater 10/25/2014

So glad to hear of our success at your school, and thanks for the great review!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Imagination Theater is a fantastic organization. We have had the privilege of presenting the "No Secrets" program to our students in K-4 the past two years. This program educates students in an entertaining, engaging, age-appropriate manner. All aspects of the program are professional and thorough - from the counselor training and teacher training, to the follow-up classroom visits. This program is invaluable to supporting schools in sexual abuse prevention. Imagination Theater deserves the utmost support!

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Bethany at Imagination Theater 10/25/2014

Thank you so much for the great review, and I'm so glad your students have benefited from No Secrets! It truly is an amazing program, if I do say so myself. :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a school social worker servicing students on the west side of Chicago. I am so grateful for the performance delivered by Imagination Theater, as well as the follow-up to address student and staff needs. They offered insightful and therapeutic information in a manner that was as entertaining as it was educational. I'm looking forward to working with Imagination Theater on future projects to address student needs. It was a pleasure.

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Bethany at Imagination Theater 10/25/2014

Thank you so much! We look forward to working with you again too!

Client Served

Rating: 5

October 17, 2014



To Whom It May Concern,

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter in support of Imagination Theater and their prevention education programming.

Communities In Schools of Chicago (CIS of Chicago) works closely with 125 Chicago public schools to connect social, emotional, health and enrichment services to students and their families. CIS of Chicago’s partner schools represent a diverse population of the city, including many immigrant and refugee families facing myriad cultural, social and financial challenges. In 2013-14, violence prevention was second in the areas of greatest need reported by CIS of Chicago partner schools. Providing prevention programs is critical for the health and safety of students.

For the past 14 years, CIS of Chicago has partnered with Imagination Theater to connect “No Secrets”, their sexual violence prevention education, to Chicago public schools. During the 2013-2014 school year, nearly 20 CIS of Chicago schools expressed a need for sexual assault prevention education for their students. Imagination Theater was able to serve over 5,400 students and is a key agency to provide this programming. Through their commitment to prevention education, Imagination Theater will make it possible for students to have the opportunity to learn about continue.

CIS of Chicago values Imagination Theater’s dedication to provide compassionate and quality sexual violence prevention education programming to students in Chicago. We look forward to a lasting partnership with Imagination Theater and hope they will be able to continue providing needed services to students in Chicago Public Schools.

Jane Mentzinger
Executive Director

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Bethany at Imagination Theater 10/25/2014

Thank you so much, Jane. Communities in Schools of Chicago have been invaluable partners to us over the years.