"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! 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 currently teaches and directs with The Players Theatre, an Off-Broadway theatre. In the past, Jill has taught with Actors Technique NY, Star Kidz in Westchester, and the Narrows Community Theater. She has also served as the Head of the Drama & Dance Department at The Garvey School in the Bronx. Jill recently received her Masters degree in Childhood Education and is a NY state certified teacher.
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!
Gia Antonucci (Intern) is so excited to work with everyone! She was a part of Imagine Works Youth Theatre when she was younger and loved it so much. She is so happy to be back! Gia has been performing her whole life and attended Frank Sinatra School of the Arts for vocal. She has always had such a big passion for theater and dance and is so thrilled to share it with all the campers. Gia will be assisting in classes and rehearsals.
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.
Eric Pfaff (Shakespeare, Stage Combat) is a NYC based performer and teaching artist. He specializes in Shakespeare, stage combat, commercials and voice over. Eric received his B.A. in Theatre Arts at Millikin University and he studied abroad in London at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Eric has toured nationally with American Family Theatre, and has performed with the Great River Shakespeare Festival and McLeod Summer Playhouse. Locally, Eric has been seen Off-Off Broadway in Tartuffe and Off-Broadway in Macbeth and A Christmas Carol at The Players Theatre where he met the love of his life.
CAMP IMAGINE IS OVER
This year's camp was a ton of fun and a lot of hard work! In just three weeks, we produced a musical theatre showcase and TWO full-length play productions- all virtual! Visit our Youtube channel to watch the impressive work our young campers produced. We loved spending the past three weeks with them and look forward to watching our performances!
July 25th, 2020
REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR OUR FALL ACTING INTENSIVE!
We intend to be back in-person at The Players Theatre this upcoming Fall 2020 for our Acting Intensive & Production of a full play. Be sure to register ASAP because spots are very limited due to occupancy restrictions. We are really looking forward to seeing all our students again when things settle down.
July 12th, 2020
CAMP IMAGINE HAS BEGUN!
We are nearly finished with our first week of Virtual Camp and it has been a blast! We've really enjoyed the private voice & acting sessions with each camper and love seeing their talent showcased in our first play production. Our play will premiere sometime next week so look out for an email with that link.
July 10th 2020