Workforce Development Program

The Goodman Theatre Workforce Development Program is designed to help talented artisans from nontraditional educational or underrepresented backgrounds transition into the technical theater industry through an 18-month, on-the-job training program.

In its first cycle, the program will focus on theatrical costuming. The end-goal of the program is to give candidates the skills they need to begin a fulfilling, creative career.

Applications submitted starting November 9, 2018
Interviews begin in early December 2018
Potential start in January 2019


This apprenticeship is a full time, paid position which offers significant hands-on learning opportunities. The apprentice will be eligible for Goodman Theatre’s generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage.

By dedicating itself to three guiding principles—quality, diversity and community— the Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in our city. The Goodman moved to its current location in 2001 which is located in the Loop, in the heart of the vibrant Downtown Theatre District.

The Goodman Theatre produces 9 shows each season, including our annual production of A Christmas Carol. We produce musicals, one-person shows, classic plays as well as new work.

The Costume Shop is where all the pieces the characters will wear onstage are created. Many of the costumes are made from scratch but we will often find items that will be purchased from stores, including thrift and vintage stores, and then altered to fit the performers. The Costume Shop is also responsible for creating and maintaining any wigs or hair pieces used in the productions.

The typical work week is Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

We are looking for someone who is excited to collaborate with the staff, designers and performers who work at the theatre but also someone who will be able to work independently on specific projects or tasks.