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Testing the Waters: Stage Chemistry on the Science of Water

Flying actors; giant, moving set pieces; storms of thunder, rain and lightning—what appears as onstage magic in Goodman Theatre productions is quite often science concepts at work behind the scenes. Since 2008, the Goodman’s unique Stage Chemistry program has brought high school students into the unseen technical world of the theater to explore the use…

Teamwork at the Goodman

The camaraderie among the players in The Wolves is similar to the relationships many of the youth participants develop in Goodman’s Education and Engagement programs. Goodman programs include the Musical Theater Intensive, which provides pre-professional experience for young artists wishing to pursue a musical theater career; PlayBuild Youth Intensive, which introduces participants to the elements…

The School Matinee Series: Helping Chicago Teachers Introduce Students to the Power of Theater

For the past 31 years, the Goodman’s School Matinee Series (SMS) has worked with hundreds of teachers from high schools across Chicago, bringing students each year to see Goodman productions—including Blind Date—free of charge. Throughout the school year, Goodman Education staff work with teachers to integrate play content and the arts into specific curricula across…

Share Your Story: Join Goodman Theatre’s GeNarrations

Do you have a special story to tell? Join GeNarrations, a seven-week personal narrative writing workshop for adults age 55+. During workshops, participants write stories about their lives based on themes from the plays on stage. Currently, the Goodman works with more than 100 participants in spaces on Chicago’s north, west and south sides, as well as in the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement. Below, GeNarrations participant Barbara Ketter recounts a special Christmas past:

The School Matinee Series: Helping Chicago Teachers Introduce Their Students to the Power of Theater for Three Decades

For the past 31 years, the Goodman’s School Matinee Series (SMS) has worked with hundreds of teachers from high schools across Chicago, bringing students each year to see Goodman productions free of charge—including Yasmina’s Necklace. Throughout the school year, Goodman Education staff work with teachers to integrate play content and the arts into specific curriculum…

The Power of Community: Goodman Helps NOURISH Chicago

This summer, NOURISH, a groundbreaking new program conceived and led by Willa J. Taylor, Goodman Theatre’s Walter Director of Education and Engagement, and Michael Rohd, director of the Center for Performance and Civic Practice (CPCP), took place in the Alice Rapoport Center. Over the course of four days, intensives were tailored for executive directors, staff…

Meet the Arts Leaders of Tomorrow: The Goodman Youth Arts Council

The Goodman opens new doors for Chicagoland students through its educational programming—and ensures these teenagers stay engaged with the theater through the Goodman Youth Arts Council (GYAC). A group of young artists who use their theater training to connect people with the stories on stage, GYAC participants believe theater can educate and empower by building…