Goodwill Theatre, Inc. was established in 2001. Its mission is to create and operate a dynamic regional performing Arts and Conference Center with a professional Training Academy that will enrich the lives of our residents and visitors through education, events and performances.
In October of 2007, GWT opened the Firehouse Stage as the first performance venue of the complex. In March of 2008, the Firehouse Stage became the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. Currently, the venue hosts over 65 events, including cabaret, classics, theater for young audiences, classical piano, jazz, puppets, as well as private rentals, each year.
The Goodwill Theater Complex and Professional Training Academy will house at least three year-round performance venues including the 850-seat historic proscenium theater (the Goodwill Theatre) and two performance spaces in the 48 Willow Street property: a black box theater and the 125-seat multi-purpose SCHORR FAMILY FIREHOUSE STAGE on the first floor.
Lobbies, rehearsal halls and classrooms will also be part of the complex. Goodwill Theatre will present and create theatre for young audiences, new work, dance, music, visual and media arts as well as serve as rental space for local cultural organizations. The multidisciplinary professional training academy will offer post-graduate degree, certificate and audit programs in such areas as stage performance, stage directing, stage management, arts administration, design disciplines, playwriting, dramaturgy, technicians and run crew and will be housed in these historical buildings and the connecting new structure.
As a result, the Goodwill Theatre Arts and Conference Center and Professional Training Academy will act as a catalyst for revitalizing Johnson City’s downtown by building confidence and trust in potential investments in downtown development. As proven by other historic theater renovations, the renovation of the Goodwill Theatre Complex will spur private sector investments in downtown restaurants, shops, and office space. Additionally, the project will help attract and retain a skilled and educated workforce and attract approximately 100,000 into the center of Broome County. It is estimated that those 100,000 people will spend roughly $1.5 million annually. Therefore, the worth of this important project cannot be disputed.