Since 1925, Goodman Theatre has used the art of performance to explore the most crucial and challenging issues and ideas which confront us. This month, it is with considerable pride that we open the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement—“the Alice”—a state-of-the-art facility which signals a new era in that exploration.
At the Alice, audiences of all ages and backgrounds can participate in classes, lectures, discussions and special performance events which will expand the conversations begun on our stages—and experience the full range and power of theater’s unique ability to confront, engage and educate. For students and teachers, the Alice will provide a laboratory in which the many facets of our art can be used to solve problems, expand vistas and revel in the commonalities which bring all of us together. Third agers (adults 55+) will find new ways of expressing the richness of their lives and journeys, sharing them with generations whose own experiences will blossom as a result. Artists will find the Alice a place to learn new skills, develop new approaches and further strengthen our city’s already fertile creative community. Audiences will gain new insights into the complexities of theater creation and production. And all residents of our city will find a home for their opinions and ideas—a “commons” where we can delve together into the problems that may threaten to divide us, but through the power of theater can unite and strengthen us.
The Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement is your center: for discovery, for entertainment, for experiencing with others the power and delight of the art and practice of the theater. The Alice is named for the late Goodman Trustee Alice Rapoport and accessible via the Goodman’s second floor lobby. We hope you’ll visit the new space soon and take advantage of all it has to offer.