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Goodman Theater announced today that Artistic Director Robert Falls has named Kimberly Senior as the latest member to the company’s 10-member Artistic Collective. Falls established the collective when he became Artistic Director in 1986. Current members include Brian Dennehy, Rebecca Gilman, Henry Godinez, Dael Orlandersmith, Steve Scott, Chuck Smith, Regina Taylor, Henry Wishcamper and Mary Zimmerman.
“We are tremendously proud to welcome Kimberly Senior, an artist of enormous talent and range, to the Goodman as the newest Associate in our Artistic Collective,” said Falls. “The breadth and depth of Kimberly’s work perfectly reflect who she is an artist—incredibly generous, curious, broad-minded and big-hearted, with an unswerving commitment to new plays and community partnership engagement. We look forward to the new ideas and energy Kimberly will bring to the Goodman, and to deepening our relationship with her in this exciting new capacity.”
Senior is a Resident Director at Writers Theatre and an Associate Artist at TimeLine Theatre. She founded Collaboraction Theatre Company in 1997, and was an Associate Artist at Strawdog Theater for 10 years, Chicago Dramatists for eight years and Next Theatre for six years. She was the first board president of The Hypocrites and has served as in numerous educational roles, including adjunct faculty at Columbia College where she teaches Chekhov, Dramaturgy and Text Analysis. Senior made her Broadway debut in 2014 directing Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Disgraced.”
“I am extremely honored to become an Artistic Associate at the Goodman, to be invited into this inimitable Collective of artists—and I’m thrilled to work with Robert Falls, one of the most important artists in the American theater,” said Senior. “As I was ‘growing up’ in Chicago’s off-Loop theater, the Goodman was a model for me—a pillar of excellence in our local and national arts community. The range of ideas and stories, beginning with the core of the Artistic Collective and extending beyond, has been an enormous source of inspiration. I hope to contribute new ideas and connections to build upon the Goodman’s incredible success as an arts and civic organization.”