A FREE seven-week theater intensive for students at the Goodman
About the Program
How to Apply
The Goodman's PlayBuild – Youth Intensive is an entirely FREE, seven-week program, introducing 14 to 18-year-old students in the Chicago metropolitan area to theater arts. Held at the Goodman, this program gives students the opportunity to learn skills from local theater professionals that are instantly applicable not only to the world of theater, but also their world at large.
PlayBuild acquaints students to the techniques used for devised theater, building and refining their skills in:
- Space Work and Physical Theater
- Fight Choreography
- Creative Writing
- Team Building
- Critical Analysis
- Public Speaking
Designed to validate the voices of its participants and get them to examine their own potential for creativity, PlayBuild introduces students to all elements of the creation of theater, culminating in a performance on the Goodman’s stage.
Building on the Chicago legacies of artists like Viola Spolin and techniques like Viewpoints, participants weave together their own stories and stories collected from their communities through interviews and research, culminating in a public performance of an original work. This ensemble-building program invites students to explore how each of us contributes to the human drama. In addition, students will be able to collectively develop and design sound and costumes for the production.
Interested in musical theater? View the Musical Theater Intensive Program info.
Students will participate in either the Morning or Afternoon Session for the first 6 weeks of the program. The final weeks of the program will combine both sessions, all day, Monday - Friday.
- Morning Session: June 25– August 2, Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
- Afternoon Session: June 25 – August 2, Monday-Thursday from 1:30-5 p.m.
- Combined Sessions for all participants: August 6 – August 10, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The public performance of work created by PlayBuild students will take place Friday, August 10th! Students must be available all day (9am – approx. 9pm) on the performance day.
Students must be have reliable transportation and be available all seven weeks of the programs to participate.
How to Apply
Applications for Summer 2018 are closed. Please check back this spring for information about how to apply for Summer 2019!
Watch the full length performance of the 2017 final performance: I, Too, Sing America.
You can also watch the full length General Theater Studies (now PlayBuild) 2014 final performance, Heartscape, 2012 final performance, Fear and Progress, view photos from Domino Effect, the General Theater Studies 2009 final performance, or view photos from (R)Evolution, the 2010 final performance!
Call 312.443.5581 or email Education@GoodmanTheatre.org. We're here to help!