Engage & Learn

Goodman Youth Arts Council

2010-2011 council members Brandon, Vicki, and Lauren welcome students to a matinee of God of Carnage.

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.

Each year, exemplary students who complete the General Theater Studies or Cindy Bandle Young Critics programs are nominated to be members of the council by their teachers and peers.  Current council members then interview and meet with each nominee and invite 5-10 nominees to become members of the council.


Current Events

GYAC Presents: Violence and Race in America

On 2.11.2012 the GYAC held their annual teen outreach event, “Violence and Race in America.” The event was so well received, the GYAC actually outsold their ticket total weeks before the event! After a matinee of David Mamet’s Race, directed by Chuck Smith, the teens held a workshop.  With the help of Goodman teaching artist, Elizabeth Gottmann, the GYAC used Augusto Boal’s techniques of Forum Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed to discuss race, class, and sexual violence.

Click here to view sexual violence education, advocacy, and victim relief resources.