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Goodman Theatre Announces Critics Boot Camp for Emerging Theater Writers

Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge is currently running at the Chicago theater.

The cast of A View From the Bridge, now running at Goodman Theatre.
(© Liz Lauren)

Goodman Theatre invites emerging theater writers and critics to apply for its new "boot camp" intensive experience — "Criticism in a Changing America" — designed to develop journalists' understanding of how plays live in the wider context of contemporary issues. Held in conjunction with New Stages, Goodman's 14th annual festival of new plays, the training includes workshops, keynotes, panels, readings, and staged productions. Early career journalists from educational institutions and community media are invited to apply.

"Criticism in a Changing America" is presented in a two-part series, October 5-7 and October 13-14 at Goodman Theatre. Participants experience the boot camp in pairs to encourage discourse and divergent perspectives.

"Given the recent controversies surrounding theatrical productions in New York and here in Chicago, we strongly recognize the need for the empowerment of a diversity of critical voices," said Willa J. Taylor, director of education and community engagement. "With the launch of our intensive, we hope to be part of the solution by providing an opportunity to discuss the nature of criticism in our changing society — and what is lost, or missing, for the arts and audiences when there is not a diversity of critical voices."

"Criticism in a Changing America" is funded through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

Applications are due on September 25 and are now available at

A View From the Bridge, directed by Ivo van Hove, is now running at the Goodman Theatre.

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