Programs at the Alice

The Center for Education and Engagement will enable Goodman Theatre to partner with a wider range of organizations and audiences in ways that are relationship-specific and stem from the content on our stages.

  • Student Subscription Series (SSS) is the theater’s longest running program, a unique process-oriented series that serves 2,800 students and 70 teachers currently, primarily from Chicago public high schools. The SSS unites Goodman staff with teachers—two to three per school, including at least one non-humanities teacher—who attend professional development workshops to learn how to use the tools of the industry to differentiate instruction, build curriculum that connects the plays on stage with students’ classroom studies and activate student engagement. The Center will enable the Goodman to triple the number of teacher training participants working with Golden Apple Foundation and the Chicago Teacher’s Union.

  • PlayBuild: Youth Intensive is a comprehensive six-week summer workshop focused on empowering young people through the act of creating theater. This program currently serves approximately 80 young people, between the ages of 14 and 18, from a wide variety of backgrounds. The Center will enable the Goodman to expand PlayBuild: Youth Intensive to a year-round program, at least doubling the number of participants.

  • PlayBuild: Third Age is a program for older adults that combines writing personal narrative with the act of creating theater, culminating in a performance.

  • GeNarrations is a personal narrative performance workshop for adults 55+. Working with themes raised by Goodman productions, participants develop personal performance pieces which they are able to present to an audience. The Goodman offers three, six-week sessions each season, which will increase to four in the Center with more than 100 participants.

  • InterGens is an intergenerational summer program in which participants in GeNarrations collaborate with youth in PlayBuild to create performance works. InterGens will expand to a year-round program in the Center.

  • Stage Chemistry is Goodman Theatre’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) standards-based curriculum developed in partnership with GCE Lab School. Stage Chemistry introduces teachers and students to the math, science and technology of theatrical production. The Center will enable the Goodman to develop STEM in theater lab space to provide students with interactive experiences in the geometry, chemistry and physics of technical theater.

  • Cindy Bandle Young Critics Program, named for the Goodman’s longtime press director, is an initiative that increases awareness of arts journalism and involves 25-30 teenage women each year from the metropolitan area, working with the guidance of mentors from the Association of Women Journalists. These young women receive full press credentials and review each Goodman production. The Goodman and mentors then work to place the reviews on a Goodman blog and in a variety of media outlets. The Center will make it possible to increase participation in this program by providing space for mentor meetings and evaluations.

  • Community Engagement Series offers five annual events at which specific constituencies are celebrated and/or a free performance is provided for military families, first responders and community-based organizations. In FY13, this diversity effort attracted over 1,000 people, most of whom were attending a Goodman production or program for the first time. The Center will enhance the experience of the series for participants by providing room for ancillary activities such as lectures, classes, receptions and artist encounters.

  • Goodman Youth Arts Council allows young alumni of Goodman programs to stay involved with the theater by being ambassadors in their communities and schools, promoting young audience development events and volunteering at major events at the Goodman (such as opening nights and benefits). The Center would provide the opportunity for more gatherings of the YACS throughout the year.

  • CONTEXT: Discourse and Discussion is a series involving approximately 500 participants each season in public discussions with artists and civic leaders about contemporary issues related to each Goodman production. The Center will provide space for additional CONTEXT events, increasing the annual participation.

  • Teaching August Wilson is a weeks-long blended learning course for teachers to develop skills and techniques to incorporate August Wilson’s work into high school curricula. While many high school teachers are interested in Wilson’s plays, most feel culturally unprepared to adequately explore the work with their students. Goodman teaching artists will conduct classes in the Center to “teach the teacher.”

  • Teaching Artists Training—The Center will provide classrooms that will lead to an expanded roster of qualified Goodman teaching artists which in turn will allow us to work more closely with community organizations around the city.

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