New Work

Support the Future of American Theater

New work is vital to the continued advancement of American theater. By commissioning, nurturing and producing new plays, the Goodman keeps theater fresh, opens our minds to new perspectives and uses the stage to examine the human condition.

The Goodman's program of new play development, including the annual New Stages Festival, commissions, the Playwrights Unit and production of world premieres, addresses the ongoing need to continually rejuvenate American theater through the introduction of new work from emerging and established playwrights. In the past 10 years, the Goodman has produced more than 30 new plays, many of which have moved on to Broadway or London, garnering critical acclaim and awards. An excellent example of this record of achievement is Ruined by Lynn Nottage, which was commissioned by the Goodman in 2005, premiered on our Owen stage and received the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Your gift to New Work enables the Goodman to ensure future American classics can be brought to life on the Goodman's stages.


New Work Gifts Impact

$5,000—Sponsor an individual play for its world premiere at the Goodman.

$2,500Help commission a new work by a member of the Goodman’s Playwrights Unit, and become a part of the voice of Chicago theater – and its future.

$1,500Provide support for the Goodman’s annual festival of new play readings, New Stages Festival

$1,000Provide a full cast of actors with a workshop of a newly-developed script and help facilitate this important step in the life of a play, which provides a playwright the opportunity to work on all aspects of the play with each role cast.

$500Sponsor a staged reading of a play, giving a playwright the chance to hear their work read aloud, often for the first time – a crucial tool for revising and editing.

$250Provide funding for research and development – including materials and travel – to enrich a writer’s understanding of a play’s subject, culture or historical background.