Student Subscription Series

Free tickets. Free teacher workshops. Thousands of students.

The oldest component of the Goodman’s education and community programming, the Student Subscription Series (SSS), has served as a national model for arts education since its inception. Offered entirely FREE to participating schools, the SSS touches the lives of more than 2,500 Chicago high school students annually. During the series, Goodman education staff work with teachers throughout the year to design specific lesson plans and focused classroom integration, creating a series that not only gives students a rich theatergoing experience, but also aids in the development of critical thinking skills and sparks curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. Math, science and other non-humanities teachers are encouraged to work in teams with drama, English and history teachers on curriculum that integrates theater across all subject areas.

Student Subscription Series schools receive:

  • Tickets to student matinees of Goodman productions
  • Professional development opportunities at teacher and principal workshops offering CPDUs
  • Classroom sets of play scripts, plus our exclusive student guide for each matinee schools attend
  • Free tickets for parents and guardians to each production students attend
  • Preview tickets for teachers and principals to each production students attend
  • In-class visits with Goodman artists and staff for requesting schools (on a case by case basis)

Admission to the Student Subscription Series is by written application. All schools applying for the program are evaluated by the Education and Community Engagement staff to ensure the successful fulfillment of program requirements and to better understand the environments in which series teachers and students function.

New School Applications:

Applications for the 2016/167Student Subscription Series are now available! New applications are due by October 28, 2016. 

New Schools

For more information about this program, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: May I participate in the program by myself?

A: No. We require two to three teachers to participate from each school to ensure continuity from one year to the next.

Q: Do I need to have a non-humanities teacher in my team to apply?

A: Yes, we encourage such collaborations and will give preference to schools that include a non-humanities teacher.

Q: What shows will returning schools see this year?

A: All returning schools will see a combination of Disgraced, Another Word for Beauty, Carlyle, and The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window. Show assignments will be given based on seniority as space allows.

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