For Youth

In Session

  • InterGens


    For Young Adults and Lifelong Learners

    This multigenerational program brings together high school students and experienced story tellers to create original devised work that considers perspectives of all ages. Open to Chicagoland residents 14 years of age and older, this program culminates in a public performance.

  • Musical Theater Intensive

    Musical Theater Intensive

    For 14 to 18 Year-Old Students in the Chicagoland Area

    Broadway’s stars of tomorrow gain pre-professional experience. Working with a team of talented musical theater artists, participants delve into this uniquely American art form through skill-building workshops designed to refine skills in acting, dancing, singing, storytelling and ensemble work. This eight-week summer program culminates in a musical showcase of participants’ original creations, works of classic and contemporary musical theater, and pop.

  • PlayBuild Youth Intensive

    PlayBuild Youth Intensive

    For 14 to 18 Year-Old Students in the Chicagoland Area

    Participants share their voice through the art of creating theater. In this skill-building seven-week summer program, students learn industry skills from national theater professionals that are instantly applicable to the world of theater and everyday life, including team and ensemble building, creative problem solving, dramaturgy, research and public speaking. The program culminates in an original performance created by the participants.


    After-School and Summer Programs

    • Alone Together

      Alone Together

      For 14 to 18 Year-Old Students Interested in Solo Performance

      Participants aged 14 to 18 develop site-specific solo performance pieces. Guided by a team of Chicago teaching artists, young artists learn playwriting, movement and dance, acting and vocal performance, and receive coaching from directors and designers to lift the pieces from the page to the virtual stage. This virtual summer program culminates in an evening of original online performances created by the participants.

    • August Wilson Youth Intensive

      August Wilson Youth Intensive

      For High School Students in the Chicagoland Area

      This five-week training program prepares young artists to participate in the August Wilson Monologue Competition, a city-wide competition open to all Chicago high school students. Students who perform a monologue or share a design presentation at the competition are eligible to win cash prizes, scholarships, and opportunities to work with professional theatre artists.

    • Cindy Bandle Cultural Critics

      Cindy Bandle Cultural Critics

      For Young Women, Trans, Nonbinary, and GNC Writers

      Aspiring writers learn critical expression by exploring the world of professional writing in this FREE 12-week program. After honing their critical voices with weekly discussion, readings and writing assignments, students will then expand on those ideas for different audiences by learning to shoot short videos, produce audio stories for podcasts, and write for social media sites.  

    • Introduction to Stagecraft

      Introduction to Stagecraft

      For High School and College Age Students Interested in Technical Theater

      In this FREE six-week course participants get an intimate look at the technical jobs that make theater happen, including scenic construction and painting, costume construction, electrics, sound creation, and property craft techniques. Guest technicians will join us to discuss their jobs and introduce participants to the professionals working in the theatrical industry.

    • Strike! The Youth Political Theater Project

      Strike! The Youth Political Theater Project

      For High School and College Age Youth Interested in Social Justice

      Participants act as ambassadors for the theater and for their communities by collaborating in ensemble-based, youth-driven creation of new virtual theater pieces in response to political and social events.

    • Writing in the face of Fear

      Writing in the Face of Fear

      For 14 to 23 Year-Old Women and Non-Binary Writers

      Participants develop their craft as writers and storytellers. Led by author Megan Stielstra, participants dig into a myriad of forms including memoir, criticism, investigation, reflection, and the delicious and often messy ways that writers have blurred those lines between them.

    • Youth Arts Council

      Youth Arts Council

      For 14 to 21-year Old Alumni and Newcomers to Goodman's Youth Programs

      Participants become ambassadors for the theater in this youth leadership program. Members liaise between their peers and the Goodman, host events for young audiences and volunteer in their communities and schools.