General_EnewsHeadernoFTF_60Goodman Theatre’s Scenemakers Board, the young professionals group that supports the theater through audience development and advocacy, hosts three fundraising events and welcomes four new members in 2013/2014—the group’s 11thseason. An auxiliary board of 33 (membership roster follows) under the leadership of President Lauren Blair, the Scenemakers contributed $70,000 last year to support the Goodman’s new play development initiatives and Education and Community Engagement programming. The 2013/2014 Season’s three events include: “A Christmas Carol (Technically Speaking)” on November 14; “Buzzer and Beer” on March 6, 2014; and the Scenemakers’ signature fundraiser, the 3rd annual “Scene Soiree” onJune 21, 2014. All events except the Scene Soiree take place at the Goodman.

“This season, the Scenemakers and our event-goers head even further behind-the-scenes of the Goodman,” said Scenemakers Board President Lauren Blair. “I’m incredibly proud of the ways in which we’ve contributed to works and programs on stage and off, and that we’re providing a unique way for young professionals in Chicago to support groundbreaking art.”

About the 2013/2014 Events

A Christmas Carol (Technically Speaking)”
Thursday, November 14 | 6pm Reception / 7:30pm Tech rehearsal viewing / 8pmConversation | $50
Tickets available at or 312.443.3800
An exclusive viewing of technical rehearsal—when the scenic, costume, lighting and sound elements are integrated with the action on stage—for A Christmas Carol. Henry Wishcamper, who marks his first time directing “the crown jewel of the holiday season” (Daily Herald), discusses his vision for the 36th annual production over drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a peek behind-the-scenes.

Buzzer and Beer”
Thursday, March 6, 2014 | 6pm Reception / 7:30pm Performance | $60
Tickets available starting Monday, November 4 at 312.443.3800
Mingle with cast members and Goodman artists in the theater’s private rehearsal space before and after a viewing of the Chicago-premiere production of Buzzer, Tracey Scott Wilson’s provocative new play. Over craft beer and hors d’oeuvres, Goodman artists share details about their work on the show.

“Scene Soiree”
Saturday, June 21, 2014 | $85
Location and other details TBA |
The Scenemakers’ signature fundraiser, the Scene Soiree, started in 2012, and in 2013 drew more than 300 of Chicago’s foremost young professionals and raised $45,000 towards the Goodman Theatre’s General Theatre Studies (GTS) Summer Program for Chicago youth. An evening of music from one of Chicago’s hottest DJs, artistically blended cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction featuring exclusive items. All proceeds once again benefit GTS, which gives students aged 14 to 19 the opportunity to develop critical thinking, literacy and storytelling and skills from local theater professionals.