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From Hollywood stars to Chicago favorites, learn about the many theater artists who’ve helped propel the Goodman to its current state of excellence.

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KENNETH SAWYER GOODMAN EXHIBIT

Before Goodman Theatre, there was a young playwright named Kenneth

Today, the Goodman family’s archives — correspondence, scripts, and photographs — are held at the Newberry Library. In celebration of our 90th Anniversary Season, we’ve compiled materials that give a sense of Kenneth Sawyer Goodman as an artist, a family man and a dynamic visionary.

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Leadership

Robert Falls

Hailed as Chicago’s “most essential director” by the Chicago Tribune, Robert Falls first came to the Goodman as a guest […]

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Roche Schulfer

Roche Schulfer is in his 35th season as Executive Director of the Goodman and recently celebrated 40 years with the […]

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Artistic Collective

Brian Dennehy

Although famous for his film and television work, Brian Dennehy has always remained a dedicated theater artist. Known for his […]

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Robert Falls

Hailed as Chicago’s “most essential director” by the Chicago Tribune, Robert Falls first came to the Goodman as a guest […]

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Rebecca Gilman

Impressed by the raw honesty of Chicago playwright Rebecca Gilman’s 1996 drama The Glory of Living, Goodman Artistic Director Robert […]

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Henry Godinez

Cuban-born and Texas-bred, Henry Godinez came to Chicago in the mid-1980s and performed at theaters all over the city, including […]

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Steve Scott

For nearly 35 years, Steve Scott has been a treasured and revered member of Goodman Theatre. First coming to the […]

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Chuck Smith

Raised on Chicago’s South Side, Resident Director Chuck Smith first worked at the Goodman as an understudy in the world […]

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Regina Taylor

Best known as a Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated actress, Regina Taylor has forged another identity among Goodman audiences: that of […]

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Henry Wishcamper

The newest addition to the Goodman’s Artistic Collective, Henry Wishcamper has already made his mark at the theater with an […]

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Mary Zimmerman

Known for her lush and spectacular renditions of classic texts and internationally cherished legends, Mary Zimmerman recently celebrated her 20th […]

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Artist Spotlight

Mary Beth Fisher

It’s fair to say that Mary Beth Fisher may be one of the most recognizable names in a Goodman Theatre […]

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Frank Galati

Called “a great invigorator—a man who makes you want to write” by legendary Broadway composer John Kander, former Associate Director […]

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Danai Gurira

Television audiences may recognize playwright and actor Danai Gurira from battling zombies on AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead as […]

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Michael Maggio

Despite a chronic lung disease that made it virtually impossible for him to take a normal breath, Michael Maggio became […]

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David Petrarca

One of the most prolific directors in the Goodman’s history, David Petrarca joined the Artistic Collective in 1988. His first […]

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Tanya Saracho

Born in Sinaloa, Mexico, playwright Tanya Saracho has brought her unique voice, humor and insight into the Latino experience to […]

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August Wilson

Although iconic playwright August Wilson was not an official member of the Goodman Artistic Collective, his 20-year relationship with the […]

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Tracey Scott Wilson

Longtime Goodman audiences are familiar with the stirring work of playwright Tracey Scott Wilson: her play The Story was a […]

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Artists at Work

Interview: Roche Schulfer on His 40 Years at Goodman Theatre

In his 40 years at Goodman Theatre, Executive Director Roche Schulfer has served as a devoted leader—overseeing numerous influential initiatives, […]

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Interview: Robert Falls Recalls His Favorite Productions and More

For nearly three decades Robert Falls has served as Artistic Director of Goodman Theatre. Shortly before the start of the […]

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Famous Faces at the Goodman

Many acclaimed actors from the worlds of television, Hollywood and Broadway have graced the Goodman’s stages throughout the theater’s history. […]

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