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Top Ten Moments of 2021

From Live-streams and zoom readings to virtual learning, outdoor performances and finally, our return to stage. 2021 was truly a historic year for the Goodman, and your support made it all possible!

Arts As Education

Did you know that the Goodman impacts thousands of Chicago youth and lifelong learners each year through a host of Education and Engagement programs?

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A Message from Robert Falls

Robert Falls announces plans to step down as Artistic Director in the Summer of 2022.


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  • Britta Johnson

    Award-winning Canadian musical Life After heads to Chicago’s Goodman Theatre

    Joshua Chong, Toronto Star

    “It feels like a dream come true to bring Life After to Chicago,” said Johnson, who was raised in Stratford. “After the wild ride the past couple of years has been — specifically what this particular project has been through — it’s a thrill to see it on the horizon again.”


  • Cheryl L. West

    Cheryl L. West's Fannie Begins Performances in Seattle

    Gemma Alexander, The Seattle Times

    "Co-commissioned by Seattle Rep and Chicago’s Goodman Theatre...Fannie (The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer), is finally getting its Seattle stage premiere. The one-woman show written by playwright Cheryl L. West will be performed by E. Faye Butler in the Bagley Wright Theater at Seattle Rep Jan. 14-Feb. 13..."


  • Swing State

    Goodman Theatre Postpones The Outsiders, Adds Two New Shows to Season

    Miriam Di Nunzio , Chicago Sun-Times

    "The Goodman Theatre on Wednesday announced several schedule changes to its 2021/2022 season. The world premiere and pre-Broadway run of the musical adaptation of The Outsiders has been postponed. In its place will be the Chicago premiere of composer/lyricist Britta Johnson’s new musical Life After directed by Annie Tippe.

    In addition, artistic director Robert Falls, in his final season at the helm of the Goodman, will direct the world premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s Swing State, his sixth time directing one of her works."


  • The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci

    2021/2022 Season Update

    Christina Anderson’s the ripple, the wave that carried me home is postponed due to a schedule shift with our producing partner theater; Mary Zimmerman’s The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci has changed dates, and will now be February 11 - March 20. Learn more about the upcoming production.


  • Chicago Tribune

    Exclusive: Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls is Stepping Down

    Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune

    After a 35-year run leading Chicago’s most prestigious theater company, Goodman Theatre artistic director Robert Falls is to resign, effective at the end of the current season in August 2022.


  • WBEZ Chicago

    Longtime Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls Announces Retirement

    Reset with Sasha-Ann Simons, WBEZ Chicago

    "He helped build Chicago’s Goodman into one of the nation’s premier, groundbreaking theaters. Now, after 35 years as artistic director, Robert Falls is exiting the stage after finishing up this season. Reset pulls back the curtain on Chicago’s theatre scene with the legendary director."


  • 21/22 Playwrights Unit

    Announcing Goodman's 2021/2022 Playwrights

    Goodman Theatre’s commitment to new work and commissioning emerging artists continues as four Chicago-based writers are announced as the 2021/2022 Playwrights Unit Cohort—Mallory Raven-Ellen Backstrom, Susan H. Pak, Andrew Rosendorf and Omer Abbas Salem.



Today's Goodman Theatre traces its roots back to the dream of multifaceted artist, Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, who worked to open Chicago's first major theater and training program from drama students at the Chicago Art Institute.

Goodman's parents took up his cause after his death and in the fall of 1925, the Kenneth Sawyer Goodman Memorial Theatre opened its doors. Our Full History >

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