Education Programs

Education Programs

For Theater Lovers of All Ages

Educational programs are a vital part of the Goodman’s mission. The Goodman provides opportunities to explore not only the world of our productions, but also the related ideas and themes that resonate within our lives. The following FREE programs are offered for theater lovers of all ages! For more information or to be added to the mailing list for any of our programs, please contact the education and community engagement department at 312.553.7161 or Education@GoodmanTheatre.org.

  • Student Subscription Series

    FOR CHICAGO HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS & STUDENTS

    The Goodman’s Student Subscription Series has become a national model for arts education for the past 27 years by complementing special student-only matinee performances of Goodman productions with teacher training materials designed to enhance reading, writing, critical thinking and communication skills both inside and outside the classroom. For each play in the series, the Goodman hosts exclusive teacher training workshops, wherein teachers receive scripts for their students prior to the production. And following each show, students and teachers are invited to stay for lively post-show discussions with cast members. Occasionally, in-class visits with Goodman artists and staff can even be offered to requesting schools on a case-by-case basis.

  • Cindy Bandle Young Critics

    FOR 11TH GRADE GIRLS IN CHICAGO AND THE SUBURBS

    Cindy Bandle Young Critics is a groundbreaking joint venture between Goodman Theatre and the Association for Women Journalists (AWJ) designed to introduce young women in 11th grade to theater criticism and the world of professional writing. Participants are given tickets to every production in the Goodman’s season and receive one-on-one mentoring from professional journalists in the AWJ. Students in the program write reviews and feature articles on Goodman shows and occasionally interview directors, actors and playwrights associated with Goodman productions. In addition to the extensive writing and editing experience the young critics gain, this comprehensive theater program is supplemented with bi-monthly workshops on writing and other theater topics.

  • General Theater Studies

    FOR 14- TO 18-YEAR-OLD STUDENTS IN CHICAGO AND THE SUBURBS

    The Goodman’s General Theater Studies program is a comprehensive six-week summer intensive designed to foster critical thinking, literacy and storytelling skills in 14- to 18-year-old students. Students collaborate with local theater professionals on ensemble-building exercises designed to validate the voices of students, inspire them to examine their own potential for creativity and introduce them to all elements of the creation of theater. The program culminates in a public presentation of an original performance conceived and executed by the participants.

  • Youth Arts Council

    FOR 14- TO 21-YEAR-OLD STUDENTS IN CHICAGO AND THE SUBURBS

    This initiative allows past participants in Goodman programs to stay involved with the theater. Members of this leadership and development program are committed to exposing their contemporaries to the wonders of live theatrical productions, and act as ambassadors in their communities and schools by collaborating with youth councils at other theaters and leading theater-based workshops for their peers and younger children.

  • GeNarrations

    FOR SENIORS 55 AND OVER IN THE CHICAGOLAND AREA

    GeNarrations is a writing workshop for senior citizens. Based on themes raised by the Goodman’s mainstage productions, participants develop personal narratives pieces that they are then invited to perform in a public forum. The Goodman offers at least three six-week sessions every season, which attract approximately 30 participants each. This program is presented in collaboration with the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services as well as session-specific community based organizations.

  • CONTEXT

    FOR THE PUBLIC

    CONTEXT, our issues series, engages our community—here at the theater and across the city—in conversations that both illuminate our productions and act as catalysts for deeper exploration. Unlike post-show discussions that focus primarily on the production, CONTEXT events concentrate on particular issues raised within the plays and explore how they resonate in today's culture. CONTEXT offers public space for debate and discussion.

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