A passionate commitment to developing the classics of tomorrow.
The Goodman has a distinguished history as a leader in the development of new work for the American theater. Plays developed and/or produced at the Goodman have gone on to become integral parts of the American theater repertoire, including seminal works by David Adjmi, Edward Albee, Luis Alfaro, Carol Burnett, Lydia Diamond, Rebecca Gilman, Lucas Hnath, Quiara Alegría Hudes, David Henry Hwang, David Mamet, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Scott McPherson, Arthur Miller, Richard Nelson, Dael Orlandersmith, David Rabe, José Rivera, Stephen Sondheim, Regina Taylor, Tennessee Williams, August Wilson, Karen Zacarías, and Mary Zimmerman. In April 2009, Lynn Nottage’s Ruined became the first Goodman-commissioned play to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
New work development at the Goodman is a multi-tiered process comprising a variety of public and in-house programs designed to be flexible to the needs of each new project and to embrace a diverse group of artists at different stages in their careers. Our new work initiatives include a commissioning program, the Goodman’s Playwrights Unit, the annual New Stages Festival, Future Labs, developmental workshops, and productions of world-premiere plays each season.