Teacher Professional Development Workshops

School Matinee Series Partner Teachers have full access to free professional development offered by Goodman Theatre. Teachers are required to attend content workshops for each show their your school will be attending. New teachers to the program are required to attend a Dramatic Integration workshop (November 16th & February 29th) to participate in the program.

Here is the current list of teacher professional development workshops at the Goodman for the 2019/2020 season. Additional workshops are forthcoming.


Production Content Workshops

Required of any teacher bringing students to each production.

Bernhardt/Hamlet Content Workshop
September 19, 2019 – 5pm, 2 hours + Length of Play
***Please note that this workshop will take place during the third week of classes. 

A Christmas Carol Content Workshop
November 21, 2019 – 5pm, 2 hours + Length of Play 

Roe Content Workshop
January 23, 2020 – 5pm, 2 hours + Length of Play 

School Girls Content Workshop
April 2nd, 2020 – 5pm, 2 hours + Length of Play 

American Mariachi Content Workshop
April 30th , 2020 – 5pm, 2 hours + Length of Play


Dramatic Integration

1 session for any teacher new to the School Matinee Series:

Dramatic Integration Fall Workshop: November 16, 2019 – 10am-3pm
RSVP Here 

Dramatic Integration Spring Workshop: February 29th, 2020 – 10am-3pm


Classroom as Community
In Person Session: February 8th, 10am - 1pm.
With all additional content to take place online. 

Open to all teachers, Classroom as Community is a three session, 15 hour pedagogy and praxis workshop. 

RSVP here. 

Closing Meeting (3hrs):

Mandatory for all teachers in SMS. 

May 30th, 2020 – 10am-1pm


Additional Workshops

Teaching August Wilson
This workshop has been postponed until further notice.

This workshop, lead by Walter Director of Education & Engagement Willa J. Taylor, will examine how to teach one of America’s greatest playwrights as dramatic, literary and historical curriculum, looking at the scope of Wilson’s plays and how to reflect American history through the 20th century. This workshop will also include an introduction to coaching students who might be interested in competing in the August Wilson Monologue Competition. 

RSVP Here. 


Creating Your Accessible Classroom 

March 2020, Date & Time TBD 

Students of all abilities can participate and flourish in their studies when they are supported by their classroom environments. In this workshop, teachers will be empowered to incorporate accessibility and inclusion best practices into their classrooms across subject and grade range. 


Stage Chemistry: Teaching STEM through Theatrical Experiment
April 18, 2020, 10am - 2pm 

Based on Goodman Theatre’s STEM program ‘Stage Chemistry’, teachers will be introduced to the STEM principles in technical theatre through this interactive workshop. Join us in conducting hands-on experiments inspired by Goodman Theatre productions, like the science of simple machines for A Christmas Carol, and “The Soundproof Box”, an experiment based on the soundproofing of the Goodman’s Owen Theatre. From lesson planning to execution, we’ll walk through how to create an engaging STEM lesson from start to finish.

RSVP here.