The Creative Stage offers a variety of uniquely creative performing arts programs sure to ignite your child's imagination!  Through innovative classes such as Musical Theater Builders, Dancing Designers, and Instrumental Story Tellers, your child will collaborate with professional artists, designers, actors, and musicians to bring his or her own unique creative vision to life!

“The whole process is immensely fun for the children. The final performances are an absolute joy to watch. I cannot recommend her skills as a writer, director, and mentor to kids more highly!”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               --Ellen Morris (Musical Theater Builder parent)

The Creative Stage proudly offers programs at:

The Cathedral School

St. Hilda & St. Hughes

The School at Columbia University

The Rudolf Steiner School

Manhattan School for Children  

The Nightingale-Bamford School

Peter Norton Symphony Space


"I am delighted to endorse the work of Madeline Bender. She brings great skill to everything she does, but she stands out for the humanity that underlies her communication. It is an irresistible combination.  Her imagination and skills extend into her teaching and the joy that she brings to it, passing on her knowledge lightly but deftly." 

                                                                                          --Jonathan Papp (Professor of the Royal Academy of Music, London, England, and Artistic Director of the Georg Solti Accademia)