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Imagination Stage, Inc.

Imagination Stage is a holistic theatre arts organization for all children and youth.

aka ISI   |   Bethesda, MD   |  www.imaginationstage.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1981

Founding Artistic Director

Janet Stanford

Main address

4908 Auburn Avenue

Bethesda, MD 20814 USA

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Formerly known as

Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts

EIN

52-1164889

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Imagination Stage, Inc. (Imagination Stage MD) inspires creativity through theatre and arts education programs that challenge, nurture, and empower young people of all abilities. Programming focuses on large-scale, professional theatre productions with the highest production values that serve over 100,000 children and families each year. Of equal emphasis is the education programming which creates over 350 classes on-site and off-site around the community, a wide range of access and inclusion services and training, community collaborations, and in-school residencies throughout the region. Emerging as a new primary programming area is theatre for social justice programming, which uses theatre productions and educational workshops to bridge cultural divides, lift up underrepresented voices, and explore complex social justice issues to help build a new generation of compassionate, collaborative children who are capable of changing the world.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Performing Arts Program

Professional Theatre – Imagination Stage offers professionally staged productions for children as young as one year-old. Public performances are offered on the weekends while field trips, offered at low- and no-cost to children, are provided to local school children during the week.

Education Programs – Classes in voice, acting, movement, improvisation, and video production are offered throughout the year for children ages 1-18. Summer Camp is also offered on an annual basis. Numerous student ensembles are available and provide students with performance opportunities.

Theatre For Change – Our Theatre for Change programs assist children in exploring complex social justice issues through theatre productions and educational workshops. These programs also support the experiences, and lift up the voices, of children who have been historically marginalized, or have experienced trauma.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers
Families
Parents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Performing Arts Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Please note that these numbers are by fiscal year (i.e. 2022 = FY22). Imagination Stage's fiscal year begins on September 1 and ends on August 31.

Total number of performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Performing Arts Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Please note that these numbers are by fiscal year (i.e. 2022 = FY22). Imagination Stage's fiscal year begins on September 1 and ends on August 31.

Total number of paid admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Performing Arts Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Please note that these numbers are by fiscal year (i.e. 2022 = FY22). Imagination Stage's fiscal year begins on September 1 and ends on August 31.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Imagination Stage programs in theatre and education seek to provide food for children’s souls and to help them progress along their personal paths toward discovering identity, purpose, and meaning in their lives. While attending shows and taking classes should always be fun for children, the artists and teachers at Imagination Stage recognize and respect the many challenges that children face in their journeys toward independence and self-actualization. We believe that our work can empower ALL young people by fostering empathy, stimulating creative problem-solving, and enhancing their abilities to communicate and express themselves effectively.

Goal 1: Strengthen the economic sustainability of Imagination Stage.
Goal 2: Increase our ability to serve more students in the DMV (the region).
Goal 3: Continue to innovate in our delivery and diversity of programming.
Goal 4: Deepen our focus on stakeholder cultivation and human capital.

Goal 1 Strategies: Drive greater attendance at performances, and maintain and grow participation in education programming. Maximize earned and contributed income. Develop new branding to support marketing and development needs. Sunset lines of business that don’t contribute to the balance sheet.

Goal 2 Strategies: Expand Imagination Stage’s presence in Washington, DC. Seek a “home” for our theatre and education programming in the District. Consider programming expansion opportunities in Prince George’s County and Virginia.

Goal 3 Strategies: Continue to embed social justice, community engagement, and programs for those with physical and cognitive disabilities. Continue to pursue digital capture or live streaming and distribution of professional productions and educational programming. Expand international focus.

Goal 4 Strategies: Deepen commitment to, and support of, staff associates, faculty, and theatre artists. Diversify organizational staffing. Deepen engagement of Board and community. Deepen engagement with political, government, business, and philanthropic stakeholders in MD and DC.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Imagination Stage, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/09/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kim Barnette

Project Manager at LMI

Term: 2022 - 2024

Cathy Bernard

HCM Corporation

Katie Chowdhry

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Charlotte Crowley

Shawn Davis-Wilensky

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Brian Drujak

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Catherine Leggett

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Lynne Lightfoote

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Melinda Holiday McDonald

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Nivedita Misra

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Jason Najjoum

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Patrick O'Neil

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Mike Patel

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Lily Qi

Maryland House of Delegates

Jaclyn Rapaport

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Margo Sadow

Carolyn Schugar

U.S. Department of Defense

Jessica Springsteen

Clifford Chance

Janet Stanford

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Antonio Tijerino

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/28/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability