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At the Goodman, we understand that the decision to designate a planned gift is one of the most personal commitments a patron can make, and we appreciate your consideration.

We are pleased to offer information on how you can make a gift that will reach future generations of theatergoers.

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Whether it’s a straightforward bequest, trust, annuity or an arrangement made through your IRA, planned gifts of all sizes support the Goodman’s long-term fiscal stability and often provide financial benefits to you as well. Plus, you can directly support programming that is most important to you, such as new work, classics or education.

As part of the endowment, your legacy will provide permanent resources and could:

  • Support a staged reading of a new play as it moves from page to stage with programs like the Playwrights Unit and the New Stages Festival
  • Immerse a student in the Goodman’s progressive educational offerings, such as PlayBuild Youth Intensive, Musical Theater Intensive and the Youth Arts Council
  • Sponsor a teachers workshop, emphasizing the integration of artistic practice and socio-emotional learning in the classroom
  • Underwrite a week of rehearsal, a vital aspect of the creative process, ensuring the fullest breadth of exploration

In addition, all planned giving donors enjoy the benefits of membership in the Spotlight Society, which include:

  • Invitations for you and a guest to behind-the-scenes events as they occur throughout the season. (events may be virtual or in person)
  • Access to priority subscription renewals, complimentary ticket exchanges and to purchase house seats.
  • One complimentary evening each season for up to six guests in the Goodman Lounge with drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. (reservation required)
  • Opportunities to learn more about estate planning and the newest tax laws from the Goodman’s Advisory Council.
  • Recognition as a member of the Spotlight Society in Playbill throughout each season; on the Spotlight Donor Wall in the Goodman lobby and on the Goodman website.

Arranging a planned gift with the Goodman will give you benefits to enjoy now as a member of the Spotlight Society and may also provide tax advantages for your estate! We encourage you to talk with an estate advisor or financial planner to find out how.

Goodman Theatre is grateful for the assistance provided by the Spotlight Advisory Council, a group of prominent estate planning professionals who serve as volunteer advisors for the Spotlight Society.

Take a look at our additional Planned Giving Resources:

Estate Planning Worksheet and Ways to Give
Planned Giving Guide
Demystifying Estate Planning

Planned Gifts may be made to Goodman Theatre/Chicago Theatre Group, Inc. by using the following language:

“I hereby give and bequeath to the Goodman Theatre, incorporated as Chicago Theatre Group, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation in Chicago, Illinois [specific amount, percentage of estate, or specific property] designated for [General Purposes, New Work Development, Education and Engagement or Accessibility programs].”


Goodman Theatre, its employees and representatives, do not give tax or legal advice. 
Nothing included or referenced in this website is intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of avoiding any tax or penalties, or to promote, market or recommend any person, entity, plan or arrangement.  Please consult with and seek advice based on your particular circumstances from an independent legal or tax advisor.


Contact Victoria Rodriguez – 312.443.3811 ext. 539 or email us.

Spotlight Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is a group of prominent estate planning professionals who serve as volunteer advisors for the Goodman’s Spotlight Society. They also provides guidance on matters relating to planned gifts to the theater and present at our annual estate planning seminar. We are grateful for their donation of time and expertise.

Robert Gibson, Council Chair
Clifton Larson Allen LLP

Christine L. Albright
Holland & Knight LLP

Susan T. Bart
Schiff Hardin LLP

Gwen Cohen
Morgan Stanley

Beth A. Engel
Wells Fargo Private Bank

Barbara R. Grayson
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Robert E. Hamilton
Hamilton Thies & Lorch LLP

David A. Handler
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Charles Harris
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Louis Harrison
Harrison & Held, LLP

Russell Johnson
Northern Trust Corporation

Kim Kamin
Gresham Partners LLC

Thomas F. Karaba
Karaba Law

Richard Knoedler
Northern Trust Corporation

Jean M. Langie
BMO Wealth Management – US

Kevin Lane
Vedder Price PC

Michael A. Levin
BMO Harris Bank, N.A. (Retired)

Sandra K. Newman
Perkins Coie

Lucy Park
Perkins Coie

Terry Robbins
Robbins & Associates LLC

Eileen B. Trost
Freeborn & Peters LLP

Anita Tyson


We gratefully recognize the following people who have generously included Goodman Theatre in their wills or estate plans.

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Judy L. Allen
Kristin L. Anderson-Schewe and Robert W. Schewe
Susan and James Annable
Andrea Atlass
Susan T. Bart
Julie and Roger Baskes
Joan I. Berger
Drs. Ernest and Vanice Billups
Norma Borcherding
Deborah A. Bricker
Joe and Palma Calabrese
Robert and Joan Clifford
Lester N. Coney
Patricia Cox
Terry J. Crawford
Julie M. Danis
Shawn M. Donnelley
Paul H. Dykstra
Gloria Friedman
Jonathan and Kristine Garrett

Harold and Diane Gershowitz
Robert and Carrie Gibson
Ellen and Paul Gignilliat
Denise Stefan Ginascol
Michael Goldberger
June Golin
Albert I. Goodman
Mary L. Gray
Marcy and Harry Harczak
Barbara A. Harris
Sondra and Denis* Healy
Vicki and Bill Hood
Linda Hutson
Wayne and Margaret Janus
B. Joabson
Jared Kaplan and Maridee Quanbeck
Claudia Katz
Mel and Marsha Katz
Rachel E. Kraft
H. Michael and Sheila Kurzman

Anne E. Kutak
Fred and Corinne Lane
Richard and Christine Lieberman
Dr. Paul M. Lisnek
Ralph and Terrie Mannel
Dorlisa Martin and David Good
Meg and Peter Mason
Tom and Linda Maurer
Elizabeth I. McCann
Karen and Larry McCracken
Nancy Lauter McDougal
Kevin C. McGirr
John and Dawn Palmer
Elizabeth Anne Peters
Karen and Dick Pigott
Peter and Susan Piper
Susan Powers
Carol Prins
Elizabeth A. Raymond
Merle Reskin

Peter Rogowski and Ellen Melnick
Angelique A. Sallas, PhD
Natalie Saltiel
Roche Schulfer
Beth and Steven Schulwolf
Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Shaw
Michael Silverstein
Jill and Steve Smart
Mary Solieman
Elaine Soter
Hal S. R. Stewart
Carole David Stone
Judith Sugarman
Marlene A. Van Skike
Gloria Walton
Lorrayne and Steven Weiss
Dia S. Weil
Randy and Lisa White
Maria E. Wynne
James G. Young

In Memoriam

The Goodman holds dear the memory of the following individuals who have honored the work on our stages with a bequest. Their generosity will help to ensure that future generations will be able to share in their passion for live theater.

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Hope A. Abelson
Alba Biagini Trust
George W. Blossom III
Camilla F. Boitel Trust
Marcia S. Cohn
Estate of Marjorie Douglas
Bettie Dwinell
Stanley and Joan Freehling
Florence Gambino
Al Golin
Bernard Gordon Trust
Richard Gray
Marjorie Sawyer Goodman Graff

Commitments as of 11/19/2020

Evolyn A. Hardinge
Estate of Eugene P. Holland
Patricia D. Kaplan
Theodore Kassel
Estate of Anne M. Kelly
Charles A. Kolb
Jeffrey Korman
Susan E. Lee
Nancy S. Lipsky
Kris Martin
Alfred L. McDougal
Peggy Morrow
Leota Ann Meyer Murray
Eric Nordholm
James F. Oates

Helen J. Petersen
Neil Pomerenke
Carol Ann Poremba
Charlene Raimondi
Alice B. Rapoport
Murial Reder
Gladys L. Ripley
Verla J. Rowan
Rose L. Shure and Sidney N. Shure
Geraldine Simmons
George Northup Simpson, Jr.
Thomas R. and Charlene Lansberg Smith
Vlada Sunders
Lenore Swoiskin