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Michael Maggio Directing Fellowship

Honoring a Great Artist

The death on August 19, 2000 of Goodman Associate Artistic Director Michael Maggio robbed the American theater of one of its most articulate and versatile directors. As the veteran of more than 60 productions in theaters around the country, Michael was a consummate artist who was equally at home in nearly any dramatic genre, from new plays to classics, grand scale musicals to intimate realistic dramas. The list of his Goodman Theatre credits recalls some of the most acclaimed productions in the theater’s recent history: a landmark Romeo and Juliet, set in Chicago’s Little Italy in 1919; the sumptuous Sondheim musicals Sunday in the Park with George and A Little Night Music; the frantic comedy of Keith Reddin’s Black Snow; the haunting beauty of the musical adaptation of Wings; and the much-lauded world premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s Boy Gets Girl. But there were some common elements to all of his work: a fascination with the human condition in all of its guises; an unerring grace and intelligence; and the passionate belief in the power of the theater to illuminate and transform. Michael directed a total of 22 productions at the Goodman, making him the most-produced director in the theater’s modern era. In addition to his duties at Goodman, he served as the Dean of The Theatre School at DePaul University, which gave him the chance to pass his passion for excellence and his generosity of spirit on to another generation.

In recognition of Michael’s artistry and his dedication to nurturing young artists, Goodman Theatre established the annual Michael Maggio Fellowship.

About the Fellowship

The Goodman is now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 Maggio Directing Fellowship. The submission deadline is May 20, 2024. Please note, this fellowship has expanded since past years and is now a full-time, salaried position for a full season.

The Fellow joins the artistic staff for a year, with responsibilities ranging from assisting directors on productions, reading and responding to script submissions, curating and producing civic engagement events, readings and festivals, and participating in season selection. Additionally, the Maggio Fellow will lead the charge in making the Goodman a supportive organization for local directors, see as much local work as possible and bring directors to the theatre’s attention.

The Fellow will be intentionally mentored by the artistic leadership of the Goodman and given access to all stages of all rehearsal processes that happen during their residency, as well as experience working full time on the administrative/artistic side of a large regional theatre.

Compensation will be in fulltime, midlevel range, with an employee benefits package.

How to Apply and Selection Process

Applicants must be Chicago-based directors who have directed at least two professional (nonacademic) full productions. Applicants need to submit: a resume, selected reviews of previous work (if available), at least two letters of recommendation from theater professionals or educators familiar with the applicant’s work, and an artistic statement (no longer than one page) that describes the applicant’s artistic work and interests and how the fellowship could help the applicant achieve their artistic goals.

Please apply to the fellowship through this link.
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The selection committee will review submissions and conduct interviews. A second round of interviews will occur with Susan Booth (Goodman Artistic Director), Malkia Stampley (Goodman Artistic Producer), and Adam Belcuore (Goodman Managing Producer). We are hoping to arrive at a final candidate by the end of June. The fellowship will begin at the end of August 2024 and last for one year.


Jamal Howard, 2023 Maggio Directing Fellow

Jamal Howard, he/him is a Chicago-based director and choreographer. He is the co-artistic director of New American Folk Theatre and an associate company member with TUTA Theatre. Howard recently choreographed Masks Off for Goodman Theatre’s 2021/22 Playwrights Unit. Select directing and choreography credits include The Great Khan (Redtwist Theatre); tick, tick…Boom! (Boho Theatre); The Apple Tree (Porchlight Music Theatre); 8-Track: The Sounds of the 70s, Songs for A New World (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre); R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (Right Angle Entertainment/National Tour); CorduroyThe WizMagic Tree House (Emerald City Theatre); Dirty GirlScrapsDark of the Moon (New American Folk Theatre) and The Mole Hill Stories (Madison Children’s Theatre). Howard served as the associate artistic director of Emerald City Theatre and has worked with Filament Theatre, First Floor Theater, After School Matters, Mudlark Theater, Artemisia Theatre and CircEsteem.

Past Maggio Fellows

Past recipients of the Michael Maggio Directing Fellowship have included the following outstanding directors: