Volume 12

Your weekly celebration of theater and our community, featuring curated videos, interviews and more.

Like all of us, when COVID-19 hit, our Goodman GoodWork Education and Engagement programs had to do a quick pivot to accommodate our new reality and online environment. Since our annual summer youth programs, Musical Theatre Intensive and PlayBuild, could not be effectively delivered online, we have created workshops that take advantage of our virtual spaces and allow students to expand their reach. As we look to what the new school year and the fall will bring, Goodman Theatre is committed to offering virtual programming to engage participants from eight to 80, and to reach new communities in ways we can only do online. This week, we highlight some of those unique efforts.

Willa J. Taylor, Walter Director of Education and Engagement

How You Can Help

As we weather this “intermission” together, our artists and staff need your help. If you are able, please consider making a gift to the Intermission Campaign, which directly supports the livelihood of our Goodman family. Thank you—we can't wait to be with you for the next act.


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Now & Next
  • Live @ Five

    Live @ Five

    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. Tonight (July 17 at 5pm).


  • Summer Program Performance Spotlight

    See our students shine in the live virtual performances of our new programs—Alone Together: A Solo Voices Project (Friday, July 24 at 5:30pm) and Strike!: The Youth Political Theater Project (Saturday, July 25 at 5:30pm) on YouTube and our Website
  • Alone Together

    Alone Together

    High schooler Austin Burgett shares his story of making the best of a summer at home--and getting crafty about creating theater--in this first-hand account of his work in Alone Together: A Solo Voices Project. 


  • InterGens


    Watch as teaching artist Deb Lewis and Education and Engagement Assistant Liam Collier discuss just what makes InterGens, our annual performance workshop for young adults and lifelong learners, so special.  


  • GeNarrations & Writing in the Face of Fear

    What do staffers of the summer education programs enjoy the most what about working with participants? Education and Engagement Associate Adrian Azevedo, who is currently leading the GeNarrations storytelling workshop for adults 55+ says, “it’s an honor to have later-in-life artists create breathtaking personal narrative stories that they write and perform themselves.” Author Megan Stielstra, who runs Writing in the Face of Fear, a personal essay workshop for young women and non-binary creatives, says she’s loving “building a space with young people where they can experiment on the page with curiosity. Their voices matter. We need them. We're trying to remake the world.”  


How You Can Help
  • Quenna L. Barrett

    Support Our Theater

    Meet Associate Director of Education Quenna L. Barrett as she opens up about her role in our educational programming, her hopes for the future and her belief that the arts are essential for healing. Quenna also assisted in the development of the new program she co-runs, Strike!: The Youth Political Theater Project.

    In support of Goodman Theatre’s Education and Engagement programs, the Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust has made a $50K matching gift for new, renewed or increased contributions to our Intermission Campaign! To make a gift toward the match, please use the button below. 


  • Support Our Community

    "Artistic Chicago is hemorrhaging jobs." The Chicago Tribune details what that means as the COVID crisis devastates Illinois’ creative sector. Without continued and expanded federal relief, our sector’s immediate and long-term viability is in jeopardy. Arts Alliance Illinois has created an easy way to urge your elected officials to take action now! Click the button to fill out the form.  


Goodman Reccomends
  • Alden Vasquez

    Lifetime Achievement 

    We are thrilled to announce that Production Stage Manager Alden Vasquez is being honored with this year’s Del Hughes Award for lifetime achievement in the art of stage management. Alden began his journey with the Goodman in 1983 as an intern. Since then he has worked on countless Goodman shows, including 29 productions of A Christmas Carol, and is an essential part of our organization. Read more about this honor on American Theatre.
  • Obie Awards

    Our production of Dana H. had a big night at the 65th annual Obie Awards as Deirdre O’Connell took home an award for her striking solo performance. Receiving a double award, Mikhail Fiksel won for excellence in sound design for both Dana H. and Cambodian Rock Band at Signature Theatre. Additionally, David Cale took home a special award for the writing and performance of our production of We’re Only Alive For A Short Amount of Time, directed by Robert Falls with music by David Cale and Matthew Dean March. Missed the virtual ceremony? Watch it now on Playbill
  • Think Like An Artist

    This TEDx talk from Cindy Foley, the executive deputy director for learning and experience at the Columbus Museum of Art, is a great reminder of how arts education can function as a toolset to handle the unpredictability of life.