Imaginators Bring the Exhibits to Life
Bring your children to join the Imaginators, our troupe of professional actors and educators, as they perform (and sometimes write!) entertaining educational programs for children of all ages.
The Imaginators guide field trip groups through the Museum, invent fun hands-on activities for children, and create terrific programming, including our original and lively 20-minute mini-musicals. The Imaginators connect play and learning in a fun way. Your children will love the excitement of the story and enjoy plenty of audience interaction.
Imaginator programming is created through the collaboration and creativity of trained educators in early childhood development. All field trip programming is tied to the Georgia Performance Standards for children ages 1 year-old up to 3rd grade.
Check out the Imaginators in the AJC
Jamie Gumbrecht from the AJC wrote an amazing article on the Imaginators for the front page of the Living section on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, and it's in her AJC blog, Inside Access.
Meet the Imaginators
Marc Farley has been acting since the age of 14. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and English from Newberry College in Newberry, SC. He was trained at Second City in Santa Monica, CA. Marc is one of the founding members of Laughing Matters, the oldest improvisational comedy troupe in the Southeast. He has also worked as an actor and playwright for Agatha's, A Taste of Mystery comedy dinner theatre, since 1997. He also works as a freelance writer, most recently with Turner Classic Movies. Marc has been seen and heard in several TV and radio commercials and can be found in the DVD of the Academy Award-winning film, "Walk the Line," under "Deleted Scenes." Marc is new to the world of the Imaginators, and he's loving every minute of it!
Eric J. Little is happy to be working as an Imaginator at The Children's Museum of Atlanta. Eric has a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Louisiana State University. At the Museum, Eric has choreographed five of the past shows. He co-wrote the show Georgia Grown and directed Tulie's Roots. His credits in Atlanta outside the Museum include Miss Evers' Boys (True Colors), August Wilson Full Circle (Alliance/True Colors), Gee's Bend (Theatrical Outfit), Blue Door (Suzi Award nominee-Lead Actor, Theatre in the Square), Romeo & Juliet (Georgia Shakespeare), and Kaiser Permanente Education Theatre. Credits at Louisiana State University include You Can't Take it with You, The Illusion, Two Gents, and Ma'Rainey. He's a part of Elizabeth Baptist's Drama Ministry, and he teaches drama at Heard's Home School Academy.
DeWayne Morgan has a BA in Speech and Theatre with an emphasis in Theatre Performance from the University of West Georgia. He is Artistic Director for The Process Theatre Company where he has workshopped and produced new plays by local playwrights. In addition, he has acted and directed in many theatres around town including Dads Garage, Stage Door Players, and Theatre Gael, to name a few. He won a Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Arnold in "Torch Song Trilogy" at The Process Theatre. He toured the southeast for several years with GMT Productions out of Rome, GA. His favorite role on tour was Winnie the Pooh "Oh, Bother." He has been working at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta for three years and loves every minute of it.
W. Derek Ratliff has been acting for 15 years. His favorite roles include Emory in “Boys in the Band,” and most definitely Belize (and Mr. Lies) in “Angels in America,” in which he also got to play the clarinet. He has appeared in a couple of commercials and films and is currently writing a screenplay, a soap opera of sorts with lots of drama and action entitled “Fabulous & Gorgeous.” Derek also plays several musical instruments, including the trumpet, clarinet, saxophone and flute and just loves concert band music. He’s an avid disco and 70s/80s music fan, and if he had his way, there would be a big old disco ball in the middle of the Museum!
Jerry G. White has over 20 years of experience as a professional actor and musician including the leading role of “John” in the 1988 Academy Award Nominated Short Film “Gullah Tales.” He creates a world within the stories that he tells. Jerry G. is on the Board of Directors of the Decatur Arts Alliance, and he is a recreational instructor with DeKalb County Parks & Recreation where he is the acting/drama instructor. Two of his volunteering activities include the Decatur Arts Festival and the Decatur Book Festival. He encourages everyone to “listen with all your emotions.” Motto: “Bring the words to life…” He is also the proud screenwriter of "Shadow Place.”