Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ease the Tease 2.0 Rehearsal!

Popular lore and Hollywood films have a propensity to portray the artistic process as a particularly lonely one.  While that may be accurate for many artists, Imagination Theater is fortunate enough to work every day with talented and passionate collaborators!

Judy Freedman, a licensed clinical social worker, and author of Easing the Teasing, has worked closely with Imagination Theater for a number of years.  Our popular Ease the Tease program is based entirely on the skills and strategies taught in her book, Easing the Teasing.

Naturally, when we decided to update that program to feature new skills and new scenarios, we worked very closely with Judy.  Our ensemble was fortunate enough to have her attend a rehearsal!  Judy had excellent feedback to share with us!

Enjoy this video of an Ease the Tease 2.0 rehearsal and a collaboration in process!

For more information about Judy Freedman, please visit http://www.easingtheteasing.com.

As always, for more information about Imagination Theater, you can visit www.imaginationtheater.org.

—Jeremy Schaefer

Monday, July 16, 2012

Rehearsal in Progress!

There is never a dull moment in the Imagination Theater offices.

Summer may be a slower time for performances, but it's prime time for rehearsals and show creation!  With several new ensemble members, and two brand spanking new programs, there is a lot to keep us busy this summer!  Thankfully, when your work and your passion are one in the same, a busy schedule is a true blessing.   Rehearsals are not only educational, they're also a blast!

Here's a video from Imagination Theater's improv rehearsal.  If you've ever wondered how we practice improvisation, how we learn theater games, or how we master the art of the effective forum scene... be sure to check this out.

As always, you can visit www.imaginationtheater.org for more information.

-Jeremy Schaefer

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

First Rehearsal

It has been a very long time since I've experienced a first day of school, and yet those memories are still particularly potent.   Will I make friends?   Are my shoes cool enough? Did I remember my lunch?   Oh no, I forgot my lunch!

The first rehearsal at Imagination Theater can feel a little like the first day of school.   Several new faces come together for the first time to learn Imagination Theater's format and incorporate our mission into every aspect of performance.   That's a huge undertaking.

Thankfully, our new ensemble members were welcomed into the Imagination Theater family.  The whole group freely shared jokes, ideas, and philosophies.

During our improv workshop we brought brand new scenes to life and demonstrated a new ensemble that is ready to take on any challenge.  This group is well on their way to improving communities through powerful, interactive theater.   Imagination Theater will be ready for your first day of school.

As always, you can get more information at www.imaginationtheater.org

-Jeremy Schaefer

Friday, July 6, 2012

New Brochure

This morning I'm busy working on the brochure for our new season!  I'm trying to figure out the best way to highlight two brand new shows!

We update our scenes every season.  This season, however, we are starting from scratch and creating two entirely original programs!  The 2012/13 season will offer our most effective arsenal of bully prevention programs yet! 

We're very excited to get these new shows on their feet!

Until then... you can always see what's going on by visiting www.imaginationtheater.org

-Jeremy Schaefer

Thursday, July 5, 2012

103 Degres

We all make sacrifices for our art.  That's a given.  I'm not bragging, but today I made mine.

It's 103 degrees outside.  In our un-air-conditioned office it is 209 degrees (give or take hyperbole).  Normally on days like this I work from home, but I needed the phone and the office printer so I filled a water bottle and hit the road.

After only three hours of phone calls and paperwork, I was reduced to sweat and tears.  However, the labor is not the sacrifice I speak of.  When I got home my Wii-Fit informed that I had actually sweated off five pounds!  Five pounds... just... gone.

I was so busy customizing shows and holding dates, that I didn't even have time to celebrate!  I'll get to that now.

I might not go to the office tomorrow, since this sort of weight loss isn't healthy, so if you want more information on Imagination Theater you can visit us at www.imaginationtheater.org

-Jeremy Schaefer