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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…

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…

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…

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,…