"I’m always in complete awe over these productions! The kids have such a short time to prepare - it’s truly incredible what you can do with them!" ~Vanessa V.
"You are a wonderful educator and best teaching actor we ever met. My kids are so lucky they found you." ~Silke S.
Our students learn the fundamental techniques to help them gain the confidence, enthusiasm and skills needed to become a great performer!
Imagine Works Youth Theatre believes that every child can follow their dreams! Through our affordable, individualized training, students learn at their own level, being challenged and inspired. We are a unique program in which our students perform musicals and plays on a professional Off-Broadway stage for agents, managers and casting directors!
The performing arts are a wonderful form of self expression, and a great way for kids to gain important life skills such as public speaking and collaboration. Our experienced instructors have professional performing credits across the country and are full of advice on the industry.
We offer a variety of different classes for ages 8-18. All sessions end with a showcase or main-stage production. We have produced over 17 main stage plays and musicals since we began in 2013. Some of our past shows include "Newsies", "Urinetown," "Twelfth Night", "Into the Woods," "Mary Poppins," "The Addams Family," "Pride & Prejudice," and more! During the pandemic, we brought FOUR full shows to the screen! These performances showcase each student and their growth in the program.
Alumni of our programs have gone on to star in Broadway's "Matilda", as well as sign with top agencies, book commercials, films, pilots, web-series, and lead roles in their school shows! Our students have also been accepted to respected arts universities such as NYU's Steinhardt and Tisch School of the Arts, Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, Marymount Manhattan College, and Muhlenberg College. You can also see alumni at NYC performing arts high schools, such as PPAS (middle & high school), Laguardia High School, Frank Sinatra High School, and Talented Unlimited High School!
We are extremely proud of our students, and passionate about sharing our love of the arts with the new creative generation!
Jill Moody (Artistic Director, Director) founded Imagine Works to offer a low cost theatre arts program so all kids could pursue their passion for performing! Since the age of five, Jill has been training in musical theatre, and has performed in several professional productions in Philadelphia and New York City. Jill appeared in the Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of "Wherther" and John Rutter's "Mass of the Children" at Carnegie Hall. She graduated from the distinguished Peddie School, where she was a member of the award-winning A Cappella group "The Peddie Singers". In college Jill studied theatre and film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Stonestreet Studios, and Marymount Manhattan College. Since graduating, she has worked with Don Buchwald & Associates Talent Agency as an assistant commercial and voiceover agent. Jill received her Masters degree in Childhood Education and is a NY state certified teacher. She has been teaching theatre for the past 11 years in NYC.
Emily Madan (Choreographer, Dance Instructor) is a NYC based actor, choreographer, and producer. She is originally from Plattsburgh, NY, where she received a B.A. in Theatre from Plattsburgh State University. Emily attended Langlois School of Dance, studying broadway jazz, tap, and hip hop. She has had the privilege of working as a choreographer in NYC to Literally Alive (Tico Tales, Cinderella), Be Bold (A Christmas Carol), Imagine Works Youth Theatre (Aladdin JR., Millie, Shrek Jr., Much Ado About Nothing, Urinetown, Singin’ In The Rain) and Comedy Burlesque (Once Upon A Parody), which she is also proud to produce and perform in.
Michael Radi (Musical Director, Vocal Instructor) is a composer, lyricist, librettist, performer, vocal coach, and musical director originally from upstate New York. He is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a B.A. in Theatre-English and an alumnus of the Lehman Engel BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop. He recently finished his ninth year as a vocal instructor, accompanist, and musical director at From Stage To Screen studio on Long Island, where he teaches thirty-five private voice students. He also coaches professionally in the city and musical directs at both theaters and other educational institutions.
Erin Nihill (Technical Director) is a theater designer. She studied at SUNY Plattsburgh where she received a B.S in Television/ Film Production and a Theater Design. Formerly Erin worked for the Dr. Oz Show as a member of their Art Department and has held Technical Director positions for a plethora of Off-Broadway Productions. She is currently Imagine Works' Technical Director and has been working with the company for 5 years. Erin is excited to embark on this summers new environment of theatre!
James Kacey (On-Camera Acting) garnered his first TV break on the Comedy Central show “Michael and Michael Have Issues”, starring alongside Michael Ian Black (The State) and Michael Showalter (The Big Sick). He can currently be seen in “Ace the Case” with Susan Sarandon and Ripley Sobo (Winter's Tale, Matilda), in scenes with Lev Gorn (The Americans) which was released in theaters nationwide, as a series regular on AMC’s “Making of the Mob: NY” as Joe Bonanno, Award winning “To Redemption” with Arben Bajraktaraj (Harry Potter, Taken) and the award winning feature film “Influence,” written and directed by Michael Bergmann, where he plays a severely autistic young adult in search of his own true independence on his very first date. Currently in festivals around the world he has been an integral part the award-winning film, “Missed,” about an estranged father and son. Last but not least, you can see him in the new TV comedy series, “Sober,” alongside Lou Martini Jr. (Sopranos), as well as a dynamic cast of great actors.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR SPRING & SUMMER!
Welcome to 2021! We are glad to put 2020 in the rearview and look forward to this year and getting back to our regular programs and shows. Registration is OPEN for our Spring Musical Theatre Intensive, as well as our amazing Summer Musical Theatre Intensive- Camp Imagine! Both of these intensives will be in-person at The Players Theatre, however our spring intensive will be virtual for the first few weeks. Interested in registrering? Register by March 1st for Camp Imagine to receive our early-bird discount!
January 9th, 2021
FALL ACTING INTENSIVE SESSION HAS ENDED
Although this fall had its ups and downs, Imagine Works teachers and students had a blast learning and rehearsing in Central Park! We managed to film an entire production in the park in full costume AND we did it safely! The entire film is currently being edited and we are so excited to share it with everyone very soon. We are incredibly proud of our students' flexibility, passion and perseverance during these difficult times, and we are thrilled that Imagine Works was able to continue providing amazing theatrical experiences for our students.
November 25th, 2020
FALL ACTING INTENSIVE NEWS
It has definitely been an interesting and fun experience this fall. Our students have adapted so well to changing our location to Central Park for the past few weeks for class & rehearsal. We are so glad that we are still able to do theatre with our awesome students. Even though we have had to change plans to film our entire performance outdoors, we know our cast will blow you all away!
October 13th, 2020