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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

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Imagination Theater is a fantastic organization that is truly dedicated to improving the social discourse of key issues facing our society

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Imagination Theatet is a great organization that educates children on important social issues

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Imagination Theater individualized scripts for our young men and women and approached the themes in their lives in a way that was transformative. We will invite them back every year!

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I absolutely love Imagination Theater! I am a School Counselor and have hosted the program for four consecutive years and I intend to continue to bring it to my school. Students greatly benefit from the performance and the followup discussions.

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!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Amazing program for our students! Although this program is intended for student, The No Secret Show through Imagination theater also provides information pamphlets for parents on how to keep children safe.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Imagination Theater brings complicated issues and presents them in a manner in which students understand the teaching point of the presentation. The interactions between Imagination Theater and the audience makes it an engaging presentation, child oriented , and age-appropriate. All the actors and narrators carried themselves professionally and we would highly recommend Imagination Theater to support a school's SEL program.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Imagination Theater provides engaging programming on sensitive topics. Our students always learn from the programs and report enjoying it! We look forward to having Imagination Theater work with our students each year.

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It has been a privilege to have worked with Imagination Theater and Rape Victim Advocates at my school for the last three years. The program has always been well-organized and accommodating, and our staff and students look forward to the annual performance for our 5th-8th Grade students. The performances are engaging and educational, and the follow-up classroom visits with counselors from RVA encourage students to self-advocate and seek the support they may need. I cannot thank this program enough for bringing awareness to our staff and students, and for all the students that No Secrets has placed on the path toward healing.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to attend my 2nd Imagination Theater performance this year, and I was again very impressed by the organization overall. The performance was at my jr. high school, so it was a unique experience to visit my former school and also observe the students' response to the performance.

The actors were able to keep the students engaged throughout the show, and they also created an environment where students were comfortable participating (which is not an easy task for this age group). I think it's great that the actors are able and willing to continuously adapt their programming to accommodate a wide variety of audiences and meet the needs of each particular school.

I'm proud to support the theater again this year as a member of the Board of Directors, and I look forward to many successful years to come!

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Bethany at Imagination Theater 10/25/2014

Thanks so much, Jennifer! We're so glad to have you as part of our board. And how cool that we got to perform at your Jr. High School!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Imagination Theater through the Chicago Arts & Business Council. I was instantly drawn to the enthusiasm from the Artistic Director and other board members. I attended the public performance of "Take a Stand" on April 28, 2013 at the Adventure Stage in Chicago.
I was extremely impressed by the performance and the degree to which the students participated.

Overall, I believe the Theater has some wonderful shows that many children (or students of all ages) would enjoy and appreciate. The programs present sensitive issues in a fun and interactive format, and I think there will always be a strong demand for these programs.

Although I just recently joined the Board, this has already been a very rewarding experience. I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to such a great organization!

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Bethany at Imagination Theater 09/26/2013

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Jennifer! We're so glad you joined us and look forward to growing with you as we move forward.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work as a Theatre Teaching Artist in Chicago. I know that some teachers feel that art programs in schools take valuable time away from teaching their core curriculum. I know expectations for test scores are high and that teachers are under a lot of pressure to meet specific guide lines. But I strongly believe that organizations like Imagination Theatre can work in tandem with teaching the core curriculum and can be a valuable aid to teachers. Imagination Theatre teaches students about creative ways to communicate their feelings and issues but it can also be a great tool for teaching core curriculum lessons.

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Bethany at Imagination Theater 10/25/2014

Thanks so much for your great review! And we agree with you completely at Imagination Theater. All of our school programs align with core curriculum, and I'm so happy to see you noticed that too!

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been an arts education teaching artist in Chicago for the past ten years, and though I have not had the privilege of working for Imagination Theater, I regard them as one of the top theater companies that promote arts education. Kids in CPS benefit so much from having theater in the schools and Imagination Theater's No Secrets program is not only unique and top notch, but a much needed program for all schools.

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Bethany at Imagination Theater 10/25/2014

Thanks so much for your kind words! Hope we can work together soon.

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!