Play(s) in the PYA Catalog
Janet Stanford has been the Artistic Director of Imagination Stage in Bethesda MD for over two decades. Under her direction, Janet helped transition Imagination Stage from a community-based arts organization to a nationally significant regional youth theatre and arts education program. Janet has established a record for ongoing funding for the organization from the NEA, the Theatre Communications Group, and The Shubert Foundation, among others. She has commissioned U.S. and international playwrights including Kevin Kling, Karen Zacarias, Joan Cushing, and Charles Way, whose plays and musicals have gone on to be produced at other youth theatres in the U.S. and as far away as China. Janet has traveled widely on grants seeking new and exciting artists to work with Imagination Stage, including Imaginate in Edinburg, Scotland, a festival of children's plays from all over Europe. In 2012 Imagination Stage received 10 Helen Hayes nominations and won two for its ambitious collaboration with The Washington Ballet on The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, which Janet directed.