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For Youth | Goodman Theatre

For Youth

Accepting Applications

  • August Wilson Youth Intensive

    August Wilson Youth Intensive

    For High School Students in the Chicagoland Area

    This five-week training program prepares young artists to participate in the August Wilson Monologue Competition, a city-wide competition open to all Chicago high school students. Students who perform a monologue or share a design presentation at the competition are eligible to win cash prizes, scholarships, and opportunities to work with professional theatre artists.

Coming Soon

  • InterGens


    For Young Adults and Lifelong Learners

    This multigenerational program brings together high school students and experienced story tellers to create original devised work that considers perspectives of all ages. Open to Chicagoland residents 14 years of age and older, this program culminates in a public performance.

  • Youth Arts Council

    Youth Arts Council

    For 14 to 21-year Old Alumni and Newcomers to Goodman's Youth Programs

    Participants become ambassadors for the theater in this youth leadership program. Members liaise between their peers and the Goodman, host events for young audiences and volunteer in their communities and schools.

After-School and Summer Programs

  • Cindy Bandle Cultural Critics

    Cindy Bandle Cultural Critics

    For Young Women, Trans, Nonbinary, and GNC Writers

    Aspiring writers learn critical expression by exploring the world of professional writing in this FREE 12-week program. After honing their critical voices with weekly discussion, readings and writing assignments, students will then expand on those ideas for different audiences by learning to shoot short videos, produce audio stories for podcasts, and write for social media sites.  

  • Musical Theater Intensive

    Musical Theater Intensive

    For 14 to 18 Year-Old Students in the Chicagoland Area

    Broadway’s stars of tomorrow gain pre-professional experience. Working with a team of talented musical theater artists, participants delve into this uniquely American art form through skill-building workshops designed to refine skills in acting, dancing, singing, storytelling and ensemble work. This eight-week summer program culminates in a musical showcase of participants’ original creations, works of classic and contemporary musical theater, and pop.

  • PlayBuild Youth Intensive

    PlayBuild Youth Intensive

    For 14 to 18 Year-Old Students in the Chicagoland Area

    Participants share their voice through the art of creating theater. In this skill-building seven-week summer program, students learn industry skills from national theater professionals that are instantly applicable to the world of theater and everyday life, including team and ensemble building, creative problem solving, dramaturgy, research and public speaking. The program culminates in an original performance created by the participants.