Live @ Five

The Intersection of Stage & Screen

Tuesday, June 15 at 5pm CDT

Join us for a panel discussion in celebration of Live, in partnership with the Museum of Broadcast Communications. Artists and scholars, including playwright Ike Holter (I Hate It Here, Lottery Day), Susy Schultz, Museum of Broadcast Communications Executive Director, actor Mary Beth Fisher (The Sound Inside) and playwright and screenwriter christopher oscar peña (A Cautionary Tale) discuss the current and historical intersections of theater and television, including theater’s pivot to virtual content in the time of COVID-19 and the future of virtual broadcast theater. Moderated by Goodman's Director of Education and Community Engagement, Willa J. Taylor.


View Past Live @ Five Events

  • Scenemakers Present: Catching Creation

    Scenemakers Present: Catching Creation

    Catching creation...during a pandemic? In celebration of our Encore stream of How To Catch Creationjoin us for a panel discussion with playwright Christina Anderson, Sound Designer Justin Ellington and Musician SassyBlack, as they discuss creation, inspiration and how their art has been changed and affected by the pandemic.

  • Scenemakers Present: A Christmas Carol

    Scenemakers Present: A Christmas Carol

    Go behind the (virtual) scenes with longtime A Christmas Carol-ers—Larry Yando (Scrooge) and Penelope Walker (Mrs. Fezziwig)—in this lively conversation presented by our Scenemakers Board of young professionals.

  • Live @ Five: Art/Activism

    Until the Flood: Art/Activism

    Explosive moments in history inspire art.  Goodman Artistic Associate Dael Orlandersmith (Until the Flood), Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Chinglish), Joan Appell Lipkin (Dance the Vote Project) and Olivia Ridley (Ghost Gun, #ENOUGH: Plays To End Gun Violence) address this and more in a thought-provoking live-stream event, moderated by Willa J. Taylor, Goodman Walter Director of Education and Engagement.

  • Live @ Five: Re-Mixing Miller

    Re-Mixing Miller

    Ever wonder what Willy’s wife would say to his mistress? Or how John Proctor would fare in the #metoo era? Well... get ready. Goodman hosts playwrights Eleanor Burgess (Wife of a Salesman) and Kimberly Belflower (John Proctor is the Villain) as they reimagine Arthur Miller’s classics. Lisa Portes moderates.

  • Live @ Five Community Panel

    Speak On It! Community Panel

    Inspired by Fannie Lou Hamer’s legacy, Goodman hosted five phenomenal women for a live stream public exchange. This group of hard-working civil and voting rights activists tackle the question: How do the inequities of the past play out in current events, and what can we do to change our future?

    The dynamic lineup features local and national voices including Indivisible's Voter Protection and Election Security Lead, Rose Colacino; award-winning social justice and civil rights activist, Mrinalini Chakraborty; Founder and President of Ida’s Legacy, Delmarie Cobb; and award-winning entrepreneur and activist, Genevieve Thiers. Actress, writer and activist Minita Gandhi moderates.

  • Live @ Five

    Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It!

    Join us for a special Live @ Five celebrating the launch of Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It! Playwright Cheryl L. West joins director Henry Godinez and star E. Faye Butler for a conversation about producing this socially-distanced production in select Chicago parks this fall. Together they'll discuss the importance of live theater and how Fannie Lou Hamer's story can inspire communities today.  

  • Live @ Five

    2020 Season Preview

    Join us for a special Live @ Five previewing our 2021 season. Moderated by Managing Producer Adam Belcuore, artists will share their unique insights into next season and share what is exciting and relevant about these works. Participants include Henry GodinezTiffany Renee JohnsonSatya ChávezT.J. GerckensDoug WrightSydney Chatman and Lorin Latarro


  • Live @ Five

    Featuring Director Mary Zimmerman

    Watch this insider conversation between Tony Award winner and Goodman Manilow Resident Director Mary Zimmerman and Artistic Director Robert Falls as they discuss her career as a director and adapter and her acclaimed Goodman productions, including The Music ManCandide and The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci.

    Special guests include Zimmerman’s frequent collaborators actor Lisa Tejero and costume designer Mara Blumenfeld.


  • Live @ Five

    The Arts & Community

    What role do arts and cultural organizations play in community building? Artists and activists joined a conversation, moderated by stage and screen star Behzad Dabu and featured Naomi Davis (founder and president of Blacks In Green, BIG); Dr. Marcus Robinson (executive director of Collaboraction theater and founder of Social Innovation Group); and Dusty Sang (founder director of Ryan Licht Sang Foundation and president of Stay Thirsty Media, Inc.).


  • Live @ Five

    Artistic Associate Kimberly Senior and GYAC member Miles Chong

    Miles Chong, one of our outstanding Goodman Youth Arts Council (GYAC) members, engages Broadway director and Goodman Artistic Associate Kimberly Senior in a wide-ranging discussion about her career and commitment to new play development--and the similarities between GYAC’s mission and Kimberly’s own. 


  • Nathan Lane and Robert Falls

    Award-winning Actor Nathan Lane and Artistic Director Robert Falls

    Join Goodman Artistic Director Robert Falls for a conversation with Tony, Olivier and Emmy Award-winning actor Nathan Lane.


  • Jocelyn Bioh and Lili-Anne Brown

    Playwright Jocelyn Bioh and Director Lili-Anne Brown

    We're thrilled to welcome School Girls, Or, the African Mean Girls Play playwright Jocelyn Bioh and director Lili-Anne Brown! Join us for a conversation about the play and their work moderated by Walter Director of Education and Engagement Willa Taylor. And don't forget to watch School Girls anytime now through May 31 at


  • Dael Orlandersmith

    Character Development Workshop with Dael Orlandersmith

    Artistic Associate and Playwright Dael Orlandersmith was joined by several Chicago area playwrights for a character development masterclass.

    Playwrights include: Dawn Renee Jones, Dianne Nora, Franky Gonzalez, Kristin Idaszak, Lucas Baisch, Melissa DuPrey, Seth Bockley, Stacey Rose.


  • Bob and Henry

    Artistic Director Robert Falls and Artistic Associate Henry Godinez

    On Friday, May 1 we launched our new video series Now & Next: Live @ Five. This week Artistic Director Robert Falls interviewed Henry Godinez about his career and work at the Goodman.

    Henry Godinez is the Resident Artistic Associate at Goodman Theatre. His production of José Cruz González’s American Mariachi was scheduled to open at the Goodman this month before performances were suspended to comply with Gov. Pritzker’s Stay-at-Home-Order.


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