The Catalyst Campaign

The Catalyst Campaign for the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement

The opening of the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement ("The Alice") is one of the most significant moments in Goodman Theatre’s 91-year history. Unique among U.S. arts organizations, the Alice shines a light on the Goodman’s three-decade commitment to educating youth and engaging communities. The Goodman believes that the arts can serve as a catalyst for positive social change. The Alice will enable the Goodman to touch more lives through its art, impacting hundreds more Chicagoans each year by providing much-needed space for programs geared towards teachers, students, lifelong learners and audiences.

The Project
Why: Growth of Education Programs requires dedicated space outfitted with technology to support distance learning and broader reach. Participation is expected to greatly surpass our current reach of 8,000 students, teachers and life-long learners.

What: A $15 million project including a $5 million fund for future programing expenses. Transforming 10,000 square feet on the second floor mezzanine of the Goodman Theatre Center building at 60 West Randolph into space for education programs, readings, seminars, auditions and workshops.

There are three primary components of the project:

  • Space build-out: Existing offices will be converted into meeting rooms and gathering areas with support features. There will be an accessible lift at its entrance in the Albert Theatre mezzanine to enhance accessibility. The space will earn a LEED certification.
  • Technology: Each room will be outfitted with the latest in technological advancements for teachers, facilitators and program participants. In addition, a distance learning program will reach beyond the theater and in the Chicago community.
  • Program expansion: Additional square footage in the Alice will allow the Goodman to impact hundreds more youth and lifelong learners. More teachers can take advantage of professional development opportunities, and the additional square footage increases our capacity to create more community engagement programs in conjunction with plays on our stages.

When: The Alice opens to audiences on May 18, 2016. The Catalyst Campaign will be completed in December 2016.

For more information about the Catalyst Campaign or about the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement, contact Marty Grochala, Director of Special Gifts and Planned Giving at 312.443.4811. Ext. 572.