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, auditions and workshops.

We believe the arts have the power to serve as a catalyst for positive social change. Theater is more than a play or a place: it is an inspiring, expansive lens on the world that can profoundly engage communities and expand minds. Our arts-based education programs inspire audiences of all ages and promote literacy and learning, build self-confidence and empower some of the city’s most vulnerable populations by surrounding them with emotional support networks and outlets for artistic expressions.

Bring your family for a day of creative fun in the Alice on Saturday, May 21, for an open house with free programming for all ages. While onsite, you can visit the space for the Goodman’s pre- and post-performance discussions (PlayTalks and PlayBacks), which will permanently move to the Alice. We hope to see you there!



Join us on Saturday, May 21, for FREE open house events expressly for Subscribers and their families.

9am and 10:30am | PlayTime Workshop
Join this interactive family program in which 5-12 year-olds and their parents/guardians fashion a theatrical creation together in only 90 minutes.

10am | Insider Access: “How Do Actors Learn All Those Darned Lines?”
Meet acclaimed actor Mary Beth Fisher (star of such Goodman productions as Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Luna Gale) and learn how actors bring words from the page to the stage by participating in her creative process.

12noon | PlayBuild Workshop
Realize your creative potential in this intergenerational collective workshop! Participants will create performance pieces using personal history and storytelling techniques.

1pm | Insider Access: “Not Acting Our Age”
Enjoy a lively discussion with a handful of Chicago actors age 55+ about their esteemed bodies of work and the thrill of a life in the theater.

1:45pm | Storytelling Workshop
Master the art of storytelling with teaching artists from the Goodman’s GeNarrations program.
In this collaborative ensemble-based workshop, participants learn the basics of writing, editing and performing personal narrative stories.

3pm | Insider Access: “Slap! Kick! Punch!”
Have some energy to burn? Learn the art of stage combat, the technique used to perform physical combats without causing harm to actors, from a professional fight choreographer.

*Please note all events and times are subject to change.

For more information about the Alice and to RSVP for open house events, please visit