Education & Community Programs

As part of the social fabric of the city, the Goodman feels a keen responsibility to improve the quality of life in Chicago through first-rate productions and innovative community engagement programs.

The Goodman is nationally recognized as a leader in arts education, and our programs serve nearly 3,000 students and 5,000 adults each year through these initiatives.

  • Student Subscription Series

    FOR CHICAGO PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS & STUDENTS

    A national model for arts education for the past 26 years, the Student Subscription Series creatively supplements reading, writing, critical thinking and communication skills both inside and outside the classroom. Special student matinee performances of Goodman productions are supplemented with exclusive teacher training workshops throughout the year. Participating schools also receive classroom sets of scripts and study guides for each show they attend and are invited to post-show discussions with cast members following performances. In-class visits with Goodman artists and staff can even be offered to  schools on a case by case basis!

  • Cindy Bandle Young Critics

    FOR 11TH GRADE GIRLS IN CHICAGO AND THE SUBURBS

    A joint venture between Goodman Theatre and the Association for Women Journalists, this program introduces young women to theater criticism and the world of professional writing. Participants are given press night tickets to every production in the Goodman’s season as well as one-on-one mentoring from professional journalists in the AWJ. They write reviews and features on several Goodman shows, attend bi-monthly workshops on writing and other theater topics, and have the opportunity to interview directors, actors and playwrights associated with Goodman productions.

  • General Theater Studies

    FOR 14- TO 19-YEAR-OLD STUDENTS IN CHICAGO AND THE SUBURBS

    The General Theater Studies program serves students ages 14 to 19 who are interested in a rich, in-depth theater experience. The summer program emphasizes the fundamentals of writing, oral history, storytelling and ensemble. Though literacy is at the heart of the program, members also learn the basics of production, direction and design from some of the finest teaching artists in the city. The six-week program culminates with performances of an original work written and produced by the participants.

  • Youth Arts Council

    FOR 14- TO 19-YEAR-OLD STUDENTS IN CHICAGO AND THE SUBURBS

    The Youth Arts Council allows alumni of Goodman programs to stay involved with the theater. Operating with a mission of promoting the wonders of theater to teens through diversity, relatability and outreach, members act as ambassadors in their communities and schools, plan audience development events, and collaborate with youth councils at other theaters in this leadership development program.

  • GeNarrations

    FOR SENIORS 55 AND OVER IN THE CHICAGOLAND AREA

    Using the methodology of General Theater Studies, GeNarrations is a writing workshop for senior citizens. Based on themes raised by the Goodman’s mainstage productions, participants develop personal narrative performance pieces which they are invited to perform in a public forum. A second round of this program allows seniors to partner with youth from the Goodman’s other initiatives in order to produce intergenerational work.

 

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