Monday, December 16, 2013

Show Some Respect: Holiday Edition

Every December Imagination Theater performs a holiday themed version of our popular Show Some Respect program.  Nothing makes participatory theater more fun than when every single scene is a party!

However, these scenes aren't your average parties!  Each scene of Show Some Respect: Holiday Edition brings students up on stage to warm the hearts of the scroogiest Scrooges with exemplary displays of respect.

Regardless of our audiences' resolutions, they will certainly make the new year a respectful one!

As always, you can learn more about Imagination Theater and our programs at

- Jeremy Schaefer

Monday, December 9, 2013

Take A Stand

Participatory theater is a living art.  It changes with current trends.  It grows with increased understanding.  It embraces the ideas and ideals of communities.

Imagination Theater's performances are very much alive.  We created Take A Stand, a program about bullying for middle and high school audiences, in 2012.  This edgy, topical assembly stood among the most popular programs of our 12/13 season.

Customers raved about the show while asking that we incorporate new scenarios that touched their school communities.  We have collected those thoughts and allowed our show to grow.

Today we rehearsed the result of that growth.  The introduction has more opportunities for audience interaction and the discussion after each scene delves a little bit deeper than before.  We have a brand new scene to explore what students can do when a friend's self-esteem is beaten down by bullies.  As always the scenarios are relevant, realistic, and age appropriate.

We were thrilled with this program's initial success and continue to be thrilled with its growth.  But more than that, we are grateful for the adaptability of our style and the finesse of our ensemble as they present with clarity our ever changing programs.

We look forward to sharing Take A Stand with your students!

As always, you can learn more about our programs at

- Jeremy Schaefer

Friday, December 6, 2013

Grateful For All Our Partners

Many of us expressed gratitude and counted blessings around the dinner table on Thanksgiving.

In the wake of Turkey Day, Imagination Theater continues to be grateful for our supporters and the numerous ways in which they contribute to our mission.

Prior to Thanksgiving, DePaul University business students proposed brand new marketing plans to Imagination Theater.  Their creativity and passion will help us serve a growing audience base in the 2014/15 season.

The Tuesday after Black Friday was Giving Tuesday.  Several of our partners opted to celebrate the awesome work of non profits, by giving to Imagination Theater.  Grassroots donations like these are vital to our organization.

We recently received our check from goodsearch.  We benefit from a mighty collective of web savvy philanthropists who earn money for Imagination Theater by searching the internet and shopping online.  Visit and see how easy it is to raise funds for Imagination Theater, at no cost to you.

Right now, we are prepping our annual partner mailing.  As we stamp envelopes and sign letters, it is truly moving how many partners we have!

We are proud of the work we do; we are glad that you are too.  If you are not yet a partner of Imagination Theater, please consider joining our community with a donation of any size.

As always, you can learn more about Imagination Theater at

-Jeremy Schaefer, Associate Artistic Director