Every child deserves the chance to shine. That's why we have no auditions and no leads. We write every play around that particular group of kids.
Drama is such a great way for kids to gain confidence. In this world where children spend so much time on their phones and tablets, drama lets them get away from all of that and be with friends, new and old, having fun. Our classes improve their abilities in active listening, public speaking and interpersonal communications.
Started in 1998 by Miles McMahon, Theatre of the Imagination has grown to be Kansas City's premiere place for drama drama fun.
"Mr. Miles", (as the kids call him), has written and directed over 200 plays. Some of the crazy titles include "Sharkalanche!", "America's Next Top Project Surviving Runway Supermodel", "Pink Fluffy Unicorns from Planet Candy", "Fidget Spinner Beach Party", "Teenage Mutant Rock Stars from Outer Space in 4-D!" and many more.
Miles has directed plays and led movie making & improv workshops at over 250 schools, churches and community centers from Harrisonville to St. Joe, Blue Springs to Desoto. He has written and toured plays and workshops in subjects such as Anti-Bulling, Internet Safety and Inner City Gang Violence.
In 2019 he will be touring his new, one-man show "Libraries Rock!", using the power of drama to inspire kids to read.
He is the MC for many charity fundraisers, including MGA, University of St. Marys, Highlands Elementary, Hazel Grove Elementary (GO HAWKS!), and many more.
Miles holds a Bachelors in Theatre from Western Michigan University and a Masters in Acting and Directing from UMKC. He has been a professional actor for over 25 years and has been seen on stages around town, including the KC Rep, Unicorn, Coterie and Heart of America Shakespeare Fest. He has also starred in many TV commercials, mostly notably as "The Price Chopper Guy" from 2002-05.
Miles is the proud parent of Bella, the most dramatic high school freshman he has ever known!
Meet the Team
Here are just some of the very talented people who make Theatre of the Imagination a great place to be.
Katie holds a Bachelor in Theatre & Elementary Education from Northwest Missouri State and is the Drama Teacher for Harrisonville Middle School.
She also holds Iris because Iris is just too cute!
Taylor started at Theatre of the Imagination when she was 6. After getting her BA in Theatre from Avila she went straight to KU to get her Masters. Taylor also designs sets, stage manages, directs and runs lights/sound for many theaters around Kansas City.
Taylor firmly believes that sleep is overrated.
Kathleen was a student of TI as a child then earned her Bachelor in Theatre from Stephens College. She directs plays, teaches classes, leads movie workshops, designs and paints sets and much more.
Kathleen does more in 24 hours than most people do in a week.