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 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.
- 850-seat drama theatre
- 450-seat drama theatre