Get ready for a blast from the past! Explore the 90 years of Goodman’s incredible history with archival photos, timelines and more.

Since 1925, Goodman Theatre has brought the finest in theater productions to audiences in Chicago, across the country and around the world—from exciting world premieres to inventive new interpretations of classic works, magnificent large-scale musicals and fresh productions of Broadway hits.

Goodman Theatre Eras    Into the Archives



Before Goodman Theatre, there was a young playwright named Kenneth

Today, the Goodman family’s archives — correspondence, scripts, and photographs — are held at the Newberry Library. In celebration of our 90th Anniversary Season, we’ve compiled materials that give a sense of Kenneth Sawyer Goodman as an artist, a family man and a dynamic visionary.

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Goodman Theatre Eras

1883 - 1918: Kenneth Sawyer Goodman and His Legacy

Next: 1922-1931   Today’s Goodman Theatre traces its roots back to the early years of the 20th century, when the […]

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1922 - 1931: The Founding of the Goodman Theatre

Previous: 1883-1918     Next: 1931-1969   World War I cut short the writing career of Chicago playwright Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, […]

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1931 - 1969: The Goodman School of Drama

Previous: 1922-1931     Next: 1972-1985   Throughout the 1930s and ’40s the Goodman School of Drama garnered a national reputation […]

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1969 - 1985: The Professional Theater Returns

Previous: 1931-1969     Next 1986-Present   After nearly two decades functioning primarily as a theater school, the newly restored (as […]

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1986 - Present: The Robert Falls Era

Previous: 1972-1985   When Gregory Mosher announced his resignation in 1985 after seven years serving as the Goodman’s Artistic Director, […]

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Into the Archives

Kenneth Sawyer Goodman Exhibit at the Newberry Library

As Goodman Theatre celebrates its 90th anniversary, the Newberry Library will honor the theater’s namesake playwright, Kenneth Sawyer Goodman. In […]

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A History of the Theater Building

Take a look at the Goodman Theatre space as it evolved from its former home at the Art Institute of […]

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Goodman Theatre: A Timeline

Since 1925, Goodman Theatre has presented the finest theater productions—from exciting world premieres to inventive new interpretations of classic works, […]

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