Goodman Theatre

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Theatre Projects conducted several studies for the Goodman Theatre—the largest and longest-running regional theatre in Chicago—eventually ruling out a renovation of their 1927 facility as a viable option for the group’s expansion. Instead, the design team chose to build a new 171,000 square foot arts center behind the façade of two old commercial theatres in the neighborhood known as The Loop. The four-story facility features the 850-seat Albert Ivar Goodman Theatre—a proscenium theatre with full fly tower and unique stage flexibility, and the Owen Bruner Goodman Theatre—an intimate, 450-seat courtyard theatre modeled after the Royal National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre. The Owen features three levels of seating and a reconfigurable stage composed of flexible modules, capable of various configurations. With three rehearsal rooms, two lobbies, a rotunda, lounge, and additional support spaces at their disposal, the Tony-winning company now has a facility to match their prestigious reputation.

Goodman Theatre
Credit: Jeff Goldberg/Esto
Owner

Goodman Theatre

Architect

Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects | DLK Architecture

Acoustician

Talaske

Users

Goodman Theatre

Seat count

450, 856

Construction type

Mixed

Theatre type

Courtyard theatre, Drama theatre

Services

Feasibilty study, programming, concept design, theatre planning, and theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

2000

Venue website

goodmantheatre.org

Credit: Jeff Goldberg/Esto
Credit: Steinkamp/Ballogg Photography

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