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 […]


Goodman Theatre’s Scenemakers Board offers young professionals the unique opportunity to experience theater from the inside out. By taking a significant role in funding and supporting new work and education programs at the Goodman, members attend groundbreaking plays, engage with actors and direc-tors behind the scenes and inspire the next generation of theatergoers. Below, Scenemakers […]


Each year, Goodman Theatre helps Chicagoland students raise their voice and make plenty of noise at the world’s largest youth poetry festival: Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB). More than 110 Chicagoland middle and high school teams—as well as organization-sponsored teams like the Goodman’s, formed in 2015—compete at this annual five-week slam poetry tournament, which originated […]


Each season, Goodman Theatre hosts between 30-40 interns to learn about and engage in the behind-the-scenes process of running Chicago’s largest not-for-profit theater. Aspiring theater practitioners can gain invaluable, career-defining experience in both the creative and administrative areas of the theater—including casting, costumes, development, education and engagement, literary management and dramaturgy, marketing, publicity/PR, production management, […]


In recognition of Executive Director Roche Schulfer’s 40th anniversary at Goodman Theatre in 2014, the Board of Trustees established an Apprenticeship Program to nurture the next generation of arts leaders. A one-of-a-kind salaried, year-long, holistic immersion into the workings of Chicago’s largest not-for-profit producing theater, this program provides a hands-on experience in theater management and […]


Goodman Theatre marks 30 years as an educational resource in Chicago with the anniversary of its flagship Education and Engagement program, the Student Subscription Series—created by Robert Falls during his first season as Artistic Director. For the past three decades, the Goodman has invited Chicago high school students to experience up to four performances each […]


This summer, the Goodman joined forces with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference to further influence the rise in “Peace Room” initiatives in university classrooms. Peace Rooms focus on creating spaces where conflicts are solved in a holistic matter without resorting to punitive or violent measures. Members from ATHE visited the Goodman’s […]


“An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times” – Nina Simone The opening of the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement this spring heralded the beginning of new programming at the Goodman. Walter Director of Education and Engagement Willa Taylor and Wonderful Town music director Doug Peck gathered 24 […]