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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?

Our Alice Rapoport Center is home to it all. Join us! Explore all Education & Engagement programming >>

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  • Relentless - WTTW

    New Play Relentless Explores Victorian Era Through Lives of a Black Family

    Angel Idowu, WTTW

    Television and movies have long left viewers immersed in the Victorian era. Now, a new show at the Goodman Theatre is exploring what that period was like for Black Americans.


  • Relentless - Stage and Cinema

    Complex and Powerful, Relentless Lives up to its Title

    Stephen Best, Stage and Cinema

    After Timeline Theatre Company’s near sold-out run during the winter, the Goodman Theatre is restaging playwright Tyla Abercrumbie‘s ferocious, fierce, determined and monolithic three-hour play, Relentless.


  • 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.”


  • ENOUGH - Chicago Tribune

    Young playwrights use words to seek 'power,' tackle gun violence on stages nationally, including at Goodman Theatre

    Stephanie Casanova, Chicago Tribune

    On Wednesday, actors at the Goodman Theatre performed a reading of the plays, including Boyd’s “Southside Summer” and Buffalo Grove resident Wyn Alyse Thomas’ “Write Their Wrongs.”


  • Chicago Tribune

    Robert Falls announces his last Goodman Theatre season, including a revival of Tommy

    Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

    "One highlight is a 30th anniversary revival of The Who’s Tommy, helmed by its original director Des McAnuff, along with the rest of the original creative team, and likely headed to Broadway..."


  • August Wilson Legacy Project

    Announcing the “August Wilson Legacy Project” National Partnership

    The classic work of seminal American playwright August Wilson endures as a new partnership—the “August Wilson Legacy Project”—between the August Wilson Estate, Goodman Theatre and Derrick Sanders. This reimagination of the famed August Wilson Monologue Competition will establish Chicago as a Wilson Hub and invigorate the Pulitzer Prize Winner's work for a new generation. Now welcoming student applications!



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 >

Visitor Info

Getting to the Goodman is easy.

Our central location is in close proximity to I-55, I-90/94, I-290 and Lake Shore Drive, as well as all major CTA rail lines and many bus routes. Multiple parking lots are located near the theater, and Goodman patrons have options for discounted parking rates. More help getting here.

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