Pre-Professional Youth Theatre Classes, Performances & Summer Camps
"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 and perform full-scale productions on a Professional Off-Broadway stage!
Imagine Works Youth Theatre believes in every student's innate abilities and talents! Through our affordable, individualized training, students learn at their own level, being challenged and inspired to become creative, confident and empathetic performers.
What makes Imagine Works Youth Theatre unique?
We partner with the professional Off-Broadway Players Theatre so that our students have the opportunity to perform on a professional stage!
IWYT productions get the full pro experience- costumes, hair, makeup, sets, lighting and sound.
Students perform for agents, managers and casting directors.
Our instructors are experienced and highly trained with professional performing credits across the country.
Students also gain valuable life skills, such as public speaking, confidence, empathy, and collaboration.
We also strongly believe in cultivating young performers that others in the industry want to work with.
IWYT teaches our students how to be professional, courteous and kind performers who realize the value in positivity and empathy for others.
IWYT offers a variety of different classes for ages 9-16. All sessions end with a showcase or main-stage production. We have produced over 22 main stage plays and musicals since we began in 2013. Some of our recent past shows include "Something Rotten", "Matilda", "Puffs", "Newsies", "Urinetown," "Twelfth Night", "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 Laguardia, PPAS (middle & high school), Frank Sinatra, and Talented Unlimited High School!
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 many 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 agent and has taught at various other NYC theatre schools. Jill received her Masters degree in Childhood Education and is a NY state certified teacher. She has been teaching theatre for the past 12 years in NYC.
Pierce "Bobby" Cassedy (Choreographer, Dance Instructor) is thrilled to bring his professional experience to ImagineWorks! As a Director/Choreographer, Off-Broadway credits include: And Then There Were None, Somewhere I Can Scream, Brilliance, A Christmas Carol (2019, 2020, 2021), Sleepy Hollow (2020, 2021), Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and Alice in Wonderland. Select performance credits include: The Book of Mormon (Elder McKinley, 2 nat’l tour), Something Rotten (1st Nat’l tour), NERDS (Broadway) and Kinky Boots (Broadway). Thanks to Jill for having me!
Lauren Barchi (Music Director, Vocal Instructor) is a music director, voice teacher, and opera singer from Long Island, New York. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Vocal Performance from Rutgers University, where she had previously received her Artist Diploma in Opera. She has been fortunate to perform many of her dream roles: Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites), Lady Billows (Albert Herring), Monica (The Medium), and 1st Lady (The Magic Flute). She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College and her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from New York University. While at NYU, she received an advanced certificate in Vocal Pedagogy and taught voice lessons as an adjunct professor. Lauren is the assistant director and vocal teacher at Professional Youth Theatre and is on the adjunct voice faculty at Long Island University in the musical theater department.
Michael Radi (Music 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!
WINTER CLASS REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Registration is officially OPEN for our Winter Classes! We are so excited to offer our usual Musical Theatre Intensive & main stage musical production class, but we also have new offerings! Our Musical Theatre Class is perfect for beginner and intermediate young actors interested in doing a less-intensive version of our classes, more suitable for younger kids. Register today!
Sept. 28th, 2022
FALL CLASS REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Registration is officially OPEN for our Fall Classes! We are so excited to offer our usual Acting Intensive & main stage play production class, but we also have new offerings! Our Musical Theatre Class is perfect for beginner and intermediate young actors interested in doing a less-intensive version of our classes, more suitable for younger kids. Register today!
July 30th, 2022
CONGRATS TO OUR PERFORMERS!
Camp Imagine is over and our students blew the audience away with their performances this past weekend! We could not be prouder of our talented, dedicated students. We thank them for all their hard work and for making this summer one of our best shows ever!
July 24th, 2022