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About Imagination Workshop

Imagination Workshop (IW) is a non-profit theater arts organization committed to using the unique power of the theater to provide life-changing artistic opportunities to the mentally ill, homeless veterans, senior citizens, and ‘at-risk’ young people. For more then 45, IW programs give troubled people, frequently alienated or overlooked by society, a safe way to express themselves and gain insight that often helps make their lives more successful.

The participants are mentored by specially trained theater professionals (playwrights, actors, and directors) in weekly, structured sessions. Under the guidance of the artists, the participants create characters and then work with each other to imagine storylines, improvise scenes, and experience the pleasure of genuine creation. Then, together – pro and novice – they perform the work on stage under the direction of a theater professional. Through this program, IW enhances the dramatic skills of several dozen professional artists and expands the creative and emotional horizons of eighty to one hundred participants annually.

Lyle Kessler

American playwright, screenwriter and actor, best known internationally for Orphans, the play he wrote in 1983

Margret Ladd

Margaret Ladd is an American actress, best known for her role as Emma Channing in the CBS primetime soap opera, Falcon Crest.

Board of Directors

Les Zackler, M.D., Board Chair | Margaret Ladd Founding Artistic Director | Chip Bent, Treasurer | Curtis Graham, Esq. | Lyle Kessler, Co-Founder | Kathleen Coyne | Cindy Kludt | Nicholas Rowley


Jim McGrath, Executive Director| Gerald James, Christina Linhardt, & Marnie Olson, IW Playwriting Group Leaders | Luci Kwak Bradley, Special Events Coordinator

Senior Artists

Chip Bent | Gerald James | Lyle Kessler | Margaret Ladd | Jim McGrath | Christina Linhardt

Our Supporters

Foundations who have supported IW in recent years include: Metabollic Studio | Annenberg Foundation | Parsons Foundation | Wells Fargo Foundation | Drown Foundation | Buntzman Foundation | Public Support has come from: National Endowment for the Arts | Los Angeles County Performing Arts Commission | City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department | California Arts Council | Parish, Shea & Boyle, LLP | Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan | Daniel Balaban, Balaban & Spielberger, LLP