Engage & Learn

Our Programs

For Theater Lovers of All Ages

Educational programs are an important and vital part of the Goodman’s mission. Goodman Theatre provides opportunities to explore not only the world of our productions, but also the related ideas and themes that resonate within our lives. The following FREE programs are offered for theater lovers of all ages. Explore our educational resources in the menu above, including our education blog, and study guide archive. For more information or to be added to the mailing list for any of the programs below, please contact the Education & Community Programs Department at 312-443-5581 or Education@GoodmanTheatre.org.

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Student Subscription Series


For Chicago public high school teachers & students.

A national model for arts education for the past 26 years, the Student Subscription Series creatively supplements reading, writing, critical thinking and communication skills both inside and outside the classroom. Special student matinee performances of Goodman productions are supplemented with exclusive teacher training workshops throughout the year. Participating schools also receive classroom sets of scripts and study guides for each show they attend, post-show discussions with cast members and in-class visits by both Goodman artists and staff.

Cindy Bandle Young Critics


For 11th grade girls in Chicago and the suburbs.

A joint venture between Goodman Theatre and the Association for Women Journalists, this program introduces young women to theatre criticism and the world of professional writing. Participants are given press night tickets to every production in the Goodman’s season as well as one-on-one mentoring from professional journalists in the AWJ. They write reviews and features on several Goodman shows, attend bi-monthly workshops on writing and other theatre topics, and have the opportunity to interview directors, actors and playwrights associated with Goodman productions.

CONTEXT: Discourse and Discussion


For community members of all ages.

CONTEXT, our issues series, engages our community-here at the theater and across the city-in conversations that both illuminate our productions and act as catalysts for deeper exploration. From a call to action for education reform to taking a critical look at musical mash-up acts, CONTEXT offers public space for debate and discussion.

General Theater Studies


For 14 to 19-year-old students in Chicago and the suburbs.

This program gives students the opportunity to learn skills from local theater professionals in a six-week summer intensive with a focus on critical thinking, literacy and storytelling. Designed to validate the voices of students, get them to examine their own potential for creativity, and introduce them to all elements of the creation of theater, General Theater Studies is an ensemble-building program that culminates in a public presentation of an original performance created by the participants.



For college students, graduates and young professionals.

The Goodman’s Internship Program offers a rich and challenging experience for qualified applicants who are actively pursuing careers in professional theater. Internships are offered in Casting, Costumes, Development, Education & Community Programs, Literary Management & Dramaturgy, Marketing/PR/Publicity, Production Management, Scenery/Props, Sound and Stage Management. Goodman interns are entrusted with a great deal of responsibility and have the opportunity to work closely with Goodman staff and artists.

Teacher Intensives


For teachers of any grade level and subject.

Our Dramatic Integration courses explore how we can use the arts to teach everything from math and science to English and history. Using a Goodman production as a springboard, these intensives will guide teachers through the artistic processes of discovery and exploration, showing how to integrate these approaches into learning across the curriculum. Teachers can earn Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) for the hours spent in Dramatic Integration.

Goodman Youth Arts Council


For 14 to 19-year-old students in Chicago and the suburbs.

This initiative allows past participants in Goodman programs to stay involved with the theater. Committed to exposing their contemporaries to the wonders of live theatrical productions, members act as ambassadors in their communities and schools, collaborate with youth councils at other theaters, and lead theater-based workshops for their peers and younger children in this leadership development program.



For seniors 55 and over in the Chicagoland area.

Our newest program, GeNarrations, is a writing workshop for senior citizens. Based on themes raised by the Goodman’s mainstage productions, participants develop personal narrative performance pieces which they ultimately have an opportunity to perform in a public forum. The Goodman offers at least two six-week sessions each season, attracting approximately 30 participants each. This program is presented in collaboration with the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services as well as session-specific Community Based Organizations.