For Youth

  • Cindy Bandle Young Critics

    Cindy Bandle Young Critics

    For High School 10-12th Grade Women in the Chicagoland Area

    Aspiring writers learn critical expression by exploring the world of professional writing. Mentored by multi-disciplined writers, participants experiment with a variety of writing forms to define their authentic voice. In addition, this free program offers young critics tickets to plays in the current Goodman Theatre season. Opportunities are also available for women at the undergraduate level interested in learning more about mentoring.

  • 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.

  • 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 theatre and for their communities by collaborating in ensemble-based, youth-driven creation of new virtual theatre pieces in response to political and social events.

  • 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.