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Essential Goodman Stories: The Scenemakers Board

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…

The Point is the POETRY: Meet Goodman Theatre’s Winning Youth Poetry Ensemble, “Team Good Eddy”

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…

Interns Get More Than Coffee at the Goodman

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,…

An Essential Goodman Story: Nurturing the Next Generation of Arts Leaders

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…

The Peace Room: Goodman Theatre at the ATHE Conference

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…

Entering a New Era: Introducing Goodman Theatre’s New Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement

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,…

Entering a New Era: Welcome to Goodman Theatre’s New Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement

Opening in May, “the Alice” is the next phase in the Goodman’s 30-year commitment to educating Chicago youth and promoting lifelong learning for audiences of all ages. Named for the late Goodman Trustee Alice Rapoport and accessible via the Goodman’s second floor lobby, the Alice becomes our welcoming new home for public programs, readings, seminars,…