Grantee Profile

Goodman Theatre

Grants to Goodman Theatre

  • $500,000

    2017 (Duration 5 years)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Goodman Theatre is the oldest and largest nonprofit theater in Chicago. The Goodman produces nine shows each year that include both classic and contemporary works, giving voice to a wide range of artists and perspectives. During this award period, the Goodman is strengthening its programs that commission, support, and produce new works, especially by artists of color and women artists. It is continuing to expand its education programs and increase its infrastructure to engage and support patrons with disabilities. This award recommends five years of renewed general operating support to the Goodman Theatre.

  • $375,000

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — This grant will provide renewed multi-year general operating support to the Goodman Theatre, the largest nonprofit theatre in Chicago. It has been locally, nationally and internationally recognized for its productions and community programs that engage increasingly diverse Chicago communities in a cultural dialogue. Over the past three decades the Goodman Theatre has produced over one hundred new plays, including 26 world premieres by playwrights of color including David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish; Tanya Saracho’s El Nogalar; MacArthur Fellow Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined and Ifa Bayeza’s The Ballad of Emmett Till. Goodman’s productions reach 255,000 theatergoers annually and provide theatre experiences free of charge to nearly 3,000 high school students.

  • $15,000

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of the Belarus Free Theatre's presentation of "Being Harold Pinter."

  • $30,000

    2008 (Inactive Grant)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of the Eugene O'Neill Festival, "O'Neill in the 21st Century."

  • $360,000

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over five years).

  • $200,000

    2003 (Inactive Grant)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over four years).

  • $500,000

    2002 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support world premiere productions (over two years).

  • $60,000

    2001 (Inactive Grant)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over two years).

  • $30,000

    1999 (Inactive Grant)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations.

  • $1,000,000

    1996 (Inactive Grant)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support a capital campaign for a new facility (over five years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Goodman Theatre $3,070,000 between 1978 and 2017.

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