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!
Imagination Theater is a fantastic organization that is truly dedicated to improving the social discourse of key issues facing our society
Imagination Theatet is a great organization that educates children on important social issues
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!
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!
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!
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.
Imagination Theater is a wonderfully engaging and relevant organization. The topics that are addressed-- which include bullying, sexual abuse, and making good choices--are much needed for our youth today, and IT addresses the issues in a manner that is entertaining and participatory. If you work in a school, please check out this fantastic organization!
Bethany at Imagination Theater 10/25/2014
Thank so much for the great review and for your great work on the board!
I was introduced to Imagination Theater through the Arts & Business Council of Chicago's OnBOARD program. Imagination Theater interested me due to some of my past volunteer experiences including a community organization focused on quality of life for seniors and a sexual assault survivor advocacy group. I had the opportunity to attend the "No Secrets" performance earlier this year and it was outstanding.
I draw inspiration and motivation from Imagination Theater’s mission to provide diverse audiences with original, dynamic, participatory theatrical programming that enhances well-being and creates a more civil, safe society. Imagination Theater is a leading non profit arts education organization.
Bethany at Imagination Theater 09/24/2013
We're so glad you joined us. Thanks for the great post!
I have been a board member of Imagination Theater for over a year. It is overwhelming the effect that the programs have on individual students. Empowering a child to stand up and admit abuse, whether parental or peer, is vital. I have also personally sponsored several senior programs at facilities throughout the city. As in the student performances, the senior programs engage the audience and address issues in a frank informal manner. I have chosen to donate my time and money beyond what is required as a board member.
I was Board President for Imagination Theater in 2011 when I received a call from a principal at an elementary school in the Pilson neighborhood in Chicago. He called to inform me what an incredible impact our No Secrets (sexual abuse prevention) program had on their students. Basically, he explained that there were 2 sisters who were being abused by their stepfather at home and this program gave them the courage to step forward and meet with the social workers after the program. The principal was almost in tears explaining this story and was certain that these girls would not have been saved if it wasn't for Imagination Theater. This story gave me confirmation that my work on the Board through the years is truly making an positive impact on students in Chicago. I will never forget this story and it is, without a doubt, the most lasting memory I will have from serving on the Board. Aaron Bryant - Board Member
Imagination Theater is a 46-
year-old company that uses
interactive theater as a means to
explore social issues with its
audience members. It currently
features programs on sexual abuse
prevention, teasing and bullying
prevention, respect, diversity,
Internet safety and AIDS/HIV
education and prevention. Its
programs serve children in
kindergarten through grade 12,
college students and adults.
stemmed from my interest as a
parent in providing education to
kids in public schools on social and
health issues, which are not
necessarily part of today’s
curriculum, but are critical to a
child’s healthy and safe development.
The feedback from schools and programs of the positive impact our programs have on children is tremendously rewarding. Some children have been emboldened to share experiences of abuse and, as a result, gotten the help and support they need.