The Goodwill Theatre Performing Arts Complex and Professional Training Academy will be comprised of three historic Endicott Johnson Shoe Company buildings connected by two newly constructed “infill” buildings and a central loading dock. The historic buildings in the complex are the Goodwill Theatre building itself (36 Willow Street), the Municipal Building Fire Station (46 Willow Street) and the EJ Medical Building (67 Broad Street).
The complex will contain three state of the art performance stages of differing sizes and styles to increase entertainment options and enhance the versatility of student’s skill sets. It will also contain, multiple lobbies, rehearsal halls, production facilities, offices, support space, a library and student lounge and classrooms. Goodwill Theatre Inc. will present and create Theatre for Young Audiences, classics, new work, dance, puppetry, comedy, chamber music, cabaret, jazz, film, visual and media arts as well as interdisciplinary work. It will also serve as rental space for local cultural organizations.
Professional training in the backstage arts, arts administration, design, production, as well as performance will be areas of study in a certificate, degree and audit basis.
The Goodwill Theatre Performing Arts Complex will serve as a catalyst for the economic revitalization of the Southern Tier and Greater Binghamton by adding jobs, bringing patrons and students to the center of Broome County, and fostering the development of supporting businesses. It will provide a unique opportunity for interaction among the region’s performing arts groups through collaborations around programming.
The SCHORR FAMILY FIREHOUSE STAGE, the first venue of the Goodwill Theatre Performing arts Complex and Professional Training Academy opened in October of 2007. This flexible and intimate venue allows Goodwill Theatre Inc. to present Theatre for Young Audiences, new plays, Story Time Theatre, puppetry, comedy, dance, classical music, cabaret, jazz, workshops and family films. It also serves as a rental venue for local cultural organizations, private events and local businesses.