NEARLY 150 MULTI-GENERATIONAL PARTICIPANTS JOIN GOODMAN THEATRE’S REIMAGINED FREE SUMMER EDUCATION AND ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS, WHICH CULMINATE IN ONLINE SHOWCASES AUGUST 14
**THREE NEW VIRTUAL PROGRAMS--ALONE TOGETHER: A SOLO VOICES PROJECT; WRITING IN THE FACE OF FEAR; AND STRIKE!: THE YOUTH POLITICAL THEATER PROJECT—JOIN EXPANDED MAINSTAYS, GENERATIONS AND INTERGENS**
***APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE SECOND SESSION OF ALONE TOGETHER
(JULY 27 – AUGUST 21)***
Free programming for participants “aged eight to 80” is underway online, as Goodman Theatre’s popular Education and Engagement summer offerings for multi-generational learners go virtual. Nearly 150 students—35% of whom are new to the Goodman—participate in summer programs, which gather online each week on varying days and times. In addition to expanding its established programs GeNarrations and
InterGens, the Goodman has developed three new offerings:
Alone Together: A Solo Voices Project, in which participants develop three-to-five-minute site-specific solo performance pieces; Writing in the Face of Fear, a story-telling intensive for young women; and
Strike!: The Youth Political Theater Project, which sees the ensemble-based, youth-driven creation of new virtual theater pieces in response to events of the current political and social environment. Virtual public performances, starting July 24 cap the programs.
“Like us all, the Goodman Education and Engagement programs had to do a quick pivot in response to our new reality and online environment,” said
Willa J. Taylor, Walter Director of Education and Engagement. “We have created workshops to take advantage of our virtual space and allow students to expand their reach. The Goodman is committed to continuing to offer virtual programming to engage participants aged eight to 80, and to reach new communities in ways we can only do in this medium.”
A Solo Voices Project
July 24 at 5:30pm on YouTube and Goodman
Applications for the second session (July 27 – August 21) applications are now open.
Eighteen participants aged 14 to 18 develop a three-to-five-minute site-specific solo performance piece. Participants learn play-writing, movement and dance, acting and vocal performance from Chicago teaching artists and coaching from directors and designers to lift the pieces from the page to the virtual stage.
Strike!: The Youth Political Theater Project
July 25 at 5:30pm on YouTube and Goodman
Ten participants aged 14 to 18 collaborate in the ensemble
based, youth-driven creation of new virtual theater pieces in response to political and social events by working with current members of the Goodman Youth Arts Council and their peers. Participants also work towards producing a live, virtual event series with local theater artists, expanding their knowledge of careers and social justice in the theater.
Writing in the Face of Fear
July 13 – 24 (no performance)
Ten young women aged 14 to 18 explore the fundamentals of the creative essay as an essential form of storytelling. Led by author Megan Stielstra, participants develop their craft as writers and storytellers as they work to develop their own essays.
August 14 (time TBA)
Twenty participants aged 14 to 40 create original devised work that considers the perspectives of all ages in this acclaimed annual program that unites high school students, working artists and lifelong learners. The current session includes eight young artists, nine GeNarrations participants and three Goodman Theatre staffers.
July 6 – August 28
Seventy-five adults aged 55+ engage in the Goodman’s popular storytelling performance work-shop to develop personal narrative performance pieces. In the new “Solo Voices” master-class, designed for GeNarrations students of least two years, 11 participants interested in long-form storytelling, work to develop a solo piece with a strong unifying principle, point-of-view and story arc.
ABOUT GOODMAN THEATRE
Chicago’s theater since 1925, Goodman Theatre is a not-for-profit arts and community organization in the heart of the Loop, distinguished by the excellence and scope of its artistic programming and community engagement. Led by Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, the theater’s artistic priorities include new play development (more than 150 world or American premieres), large scale musical theater works and reimagined classics. Artists and productions have earned two Pulitzer Prizes, 22 Tony Awards and more than 160 Jeff Awards, among other accolades. The Goodman is the first theater in the world to produce all 10 plays in August Wilson’s “American Century Cycle.” Its longtime annual holiday tradition A Christmas Carol, now in its fourth decade, has created a new generation of theatergoers in Chicago. The Goodman also frequently serves as a production and program partner with national and international companies and Chicago’s Off-Loop theaters.
Goodman Theatre was founded by William O. Goodman and his family in honor of their son Kenneth, an important figure in Chicago’s cultural renaissance in the early 1900's. The Goodman family’s legacy lives on through the continued work and dedication of Kenneth’s family, including Albert Ivar Goodman, who with his late mother, Edith-Marie Appleton, contributed the necessary funds for the creation of the new Goodman center in 2000.