Owen Theatre

A 350-seat courtyard-style performance space (with flexibility to seat up to 468), the Owen Bruner Goodman Theatre—with a stage that can be configured as a thrust, end stage, runway or in-the-round arena—offers an intimate theater-going experience. The birthplace of dozens of new American plays, including Lynn Nottage’s Pulizer Prize-winning Ruined, and home to the annual New Stages Festival of new work, “the Owen” has hosted artists of note including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tom Hardy, Kristofer Diaz, Tanya Saracho, Horton Foote and more.

The theater is named in honor of the grandfather of playwright Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, for whom Goodman Theatre is named.

Next Season in the Owen Theatre

  • A woman peers out a hotel window

    Dana H.

    By Lucas Hnath
    Adapted from Interviews with Dana Higginbotham, Conducted by Steve Cosson
    Directed by Les Waters

    Sept 6 - Oct 6, 2019

    Based on a harrowing true story, this innovative new work "blurs the lines between doumentary and drama" (The Hollywood Reporter).

  • A woman has her profile turned to us and above her head a bright spotlight shines down

    Graveyard Shift

    By Korde Arrington Tuttle
    Directed by Danya Taymor

    Feb 7 - Mar 8, 2020

    An unflinching but open-hearted look at how dangerous power can be, loosely inspired by the legacy of Sandra Bland.

  • The legs of teenage girls in pink heels are standing in opposition to each other

    School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

    By Jocelyn Bioh
    Directed by Lili-Anne Brown

    Mar 27 - Apr 26, 2020

    The Off-Broadway smash sensation—a “gleeful African makeover of an American genre” (The New York Times)—arrives in Chicago.