New Work Challenge

New Work Challenge Met!

Thank you to all of our donors for supporting Goodman Theatre’s new work challenge—with your help, we raised $50,000 for new work development.

This fall, members of our Board issued a challenge—raise $25,000 in support for new work, and each gift would be matched dollar for dollar. This was the largest new work fundraising challenge the Goodman had ever undertaken. Gifts to new work help make initiatives like New Stages, the Playwrights Unit and world-premiere productions of Goodman commissions—like Christopher Shinn’s upcoming Teddy Ferrara—a reality.

The challenge has been met, but you can still support emerging artists creating daring new work by making a gift today. Every dollar helps make the art you see on our stages possible.

Did You Know?

  • In the past three decades, Goodman Theatre has produced over 100 premieres, approximately one third of which have been by playwrights of color.

  • Between 2004 and 2010, the Goodman’s New Stages Series offered staged readings of over 39 new plays, 32 of which went on to full productions at the Goodman or elsewhere. This success led to the establishment of New Stages, combining workshop productions with staged readings.

  • Begun in the 2010/2011 Season, the Playwrights Unit offers local playwrights the opportunity to develop a new play over the course of one year with the help of the Goodman’s artistic staff.

  • The Goodman currently has ten writers working on commissioned plays, several of which will be workshopped at the theater during the 2012/2013 Season.

  • Goodman Theatre is the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes – for Lynn Nottage’s Ruined and David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross – and was the first theater in the country to win two Joyce Award commissions for new work by artists of color.
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New Work Challenge Inquiries
Molly McKenzie - 312.443.3811 ext. 597