The Imagination Machine was founded in 1981 in the city of Orange, California by Deborah Wren. As a classroom teacher and working actress she saw a way to use her own creative abilities to encourage students to explore their imaginations through creative writing. She developed her concept for The Imagination Machine in order to foster children's ideas before they started censoring themselves about what was "good" or "bad." Through our program, students see their own stories come to life on stage! What started with only 14 schools over 30 years ago has blossomed into over 400 schools per year. Now The Imagination Machine can be found throughout the entire state of California and will soon be expanding its touring company into Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.