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A FREE writing program for young writers in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades who identify as women, trans, nonbinary or gender non-conforming

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What is the purpose of arts criticism today? Is it simply to scrutinize actors’ performances and the intricacies of scenic elements? Or can it serve as a way of interrogating who we are as a society?

Goodman’s re-imagined Cindy Bandle Cultural Critics (CBCC) program believes that criticism, like art itself, should reflect the times in which we live. This FREE program is designed to strengthen participants’ critical voices as multifaceted writers and give them the tools to work across multiple platforms.

CBCC participants create cultural critiques to explore who we are and who we want to be. The program also prepares participants to work across a wide variety of platforms, from traditional print to online media and podcasting.

Through the lens of Goodman’s mainstage productions, participants hone their critical voice by attending performances and completing weekly writing assignments; learning to compose, create and shoot short video commentary; and producing audio stories for podcasts.

Summer 2023

Discover the power of storytelling through podcasting in our summer workshop series, “Find Your Voice & Tell Your Story.” Designed for 12 high school students, this immersive program will use Goodman Theatre’s production of TOMMY as the backdrop to not only explore arts criticism but to explore contemporary social issues through the lens of the production. Students will work in teams, honing their podcasting skills while delving into the world of cultural criticism. Develop creativity, critical thinking, and collaborative abilities while crafting compelling narratives. Join us this summer to create a podcast, connect with your peers, and learn the art of podcast storytelling.

By the end of the program, students will produce short trailers for their podcasts along with four 10-minute episodes.

Program Dates

The Summer 2023 session of CBCC will meet Mondays and Tuesdays from 10am-4pm, with a 30-minute lunch break. This session begins from July 17 and ends on August 8.


How to Apply

To apply to Cindy Bandle Cultural Critics, fill out the form by midnight on Sunday, July 9.