Special Events

To support the work on our stages, we proudly host three special benefit events each season—the Education and Engagement Luncheon, the annual Goodman Auction and the black-tie spring Gala.

Benefits and special events are critical in helping us meet our productions’ financial needs each season. In addition to our three main benefits, we host a variety of artistic and educational events for our patrons throughout each season.

2018-2019 Benefit Events

  • Goodman Auction

    Goodman Auction
    Where Refined Taste Meets Unexpected Adventure

    Friday, January 11, 2019
    Peninsula Chicago

    Sponsors for the 2019 Goodman Auction


  • Goodman Theatre Gala

    Goodman Theatre Gala

    Saturday, May 18, 2019
    Fairmont Chicago

    Proceeds from the Gala will benefit Goodman Theatre's Education and Engagement Programs.

Past Events

  • Goodman Gala: Ruby Night

    Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 6:30pm
    Fairmont Chicago

    Proceeds from the Gala will benefit Goodman Theatre's Education and Engagement programs

  • Thank you to those who joined us for our Education and Engagement Luncheon!

    Thank you to those who heard the call to make a difference in the lives of young people across the city. Because of your generosity, we raised nearly $220,000 in support of Goodman Theatre’s Education and Engagement programming.

    Please accept our gratitude for your generosity and partnership as we continue to provide a space for the Chicago community to create, learn and grow.  We can't do it without you!

    We hope you'll enjoy this photo album of all the great moments from this year's luncheon.

Dina Perez (Education Program Participant), Tanya Saracho (Featured Speaker), Willa Taylor (Walter Director of Education and Engagement)

Carl Jenkins (Education and Engagement Corporate Chair), Carole Wood (Women's Board), Erin Norton

Denise Stefan Ginascol (Women's Board Education and Engagement Co-Chair), Cynthia Scholl (President, Women's Board), Wendy Krimins (Women's Board Education and Engagement Co-Chair)

Kathleen Cowie (Education and Engagement Committee Chair), Kimbra Walter (Board of Trustees)

Joan E. Clifford (Benefit Events Leadership Chair | Immediate Past Chair, Board of Trustees), Tanya Saracho (Featured Speaker), Carol Prins (Goodman Theatre Life Trustee)



  • Thank you to those who joined us for our Season Opening Celebration!

    Your support and attendance made it an unforgettable evening.

    Without you, this season and it's remarkable productions like A View From the Bridge wouldn't be possible. You make the Power of Theater a reality, and we can't thank you enough.

    We hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did. Relive some of the fun and excitement with photos from the event!

Robert Falls (Artistic Director of Goodman Theatre), Jeff James (Associate Director of A View From the Bridge) and Roche Schulfer (Executive Director of Goodman Theatre)

Jeff Hesse (Goodman Theatre Trustee), Kristin L. Anderson-Schewe (Goodman Theatre Trustee) and David W. Fox, Jr. (Chairman, Board of Trustees)

Gloria Swanson and Chuck Smith (Resident Director)

Bob Clifford and Joan Clifford (Benefit Events Leadership Chair, Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees)