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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

4 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.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of attending a performance of Imagination Theater as part of a Snowflake program at a local junior high school. "Performance" isn't the right word- it was an engaging, interactive experience for the students, and challenged them to see the world from each other's perspective. I was floored by the energy, the commitment, the willingness to "go there" on a range of topics. What absolutely stunned me though, were the reactions from the students. They participated enthusiastically, volunteered to role play in awkward situations and were genuinely receptive to the program.

I saw first-hand how Imagination Theater contributes to building stronger students. They teach and reinforce behaviors that enable students to cope individually with negative peer pressure and to act together to influence peer behavior in a positive way.

Bravo, Imagination Theater!

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Bethany at Imagination Theater 10/25/2014

Thank you so much, John!

Donor

Rating: 5

Imagination Theater is doing a vital mission by going into schools and educating young students on essential skills, such as bullying prevention, making good choices, protecting themselves from sexual abuse, and developing healthy living skills. Their interactive approach draws students in and makes them a part of the learning experience. Their dedicated staff show a passion for the work they are doing.

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Bethany at Imagination Theater 09/24/2013

Thank you so much for supporting us, Pam!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a clinical psychologist and I became interested in Imagination Theater ten years ago, when they were developing their sexual abuse prevention programming. I consulted with them on the development of the program and, over time, my role changed from consultant to board member to volunteer/donor. The mission of Imagination Theater is solid and unwavering. All of their program are mission driven, relevant and well researched/executed. The organization runs on a shoestring budget, yet the staff is loyal and there is very little turnover. Every dollar of support goes directly to the development and delivery of the programming. I have been involved with many non-profits, and I think that Imagination Theater's impact in the community is commensurate with significantly larger or more visible organizations.

Donor

Rating: 5

When I watched the Senior Spotlight show, I really liked the way the actors interacted with the elderly audience embers. They got them chatting and remembering things. I also thought it was great that the actors sang songs from their era (songs from the 30's and 40's.) I really saw the elderly people light up. My mother is 94, and I know this is just the sort of thing she would enjoy. I donated because I want to help more senior citizens see this show!