Goodman Theatre was built on the traditional homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi Nations. We recognize that many other Nations consider the area we now call Chicago as their traditional homeland—including the Myaamia, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac and Fox, Peoria, Kaskaskia, Wea, Kickapoo and Mascouten and remains home to many Native peoples today.
While we believe that our City of Chicago, in its vast diversity, should be reflected in the plays on the stages of its largest theater, we acknowledge that the Goodman’s efforts towards inclusive programming have largely overlooked the voices of our Native peoples. This omission has added to the isolation, erasure and harm that Indigenous communities have faced for hundreds of years.
We have begun a more deliberate journey towards celebrating Native American stories and welcoming Indigenous communities who may have never felt that the “American theater” is a space for them. On the eve of our Centennial Anniversary (2025), the Goodman is prioritizing how we use our art, assets and resources to contribute to a more inclusive, just, equitable, anti-racist society through our Action Plan for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-Racism and Access (IDEAA)—an ever-evolving document that includes the ways we as an organization intend to live our values, on stage and off.