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Professional Development

Professional Development

Seminar Series

Introducing the Goodspeed Professional Development Seminar Series! Open to arts professionals of all experience levels, these seminars provide the opportunity to learn directly from Goodspeed staff members who put their expertise into practice every single day. This series will cover a variety of topics that are relevant to the operation of a regional theatre like Goodspeed, from design to nonprofit management to breaking into the industry. The Professional Development Seminar Series is perfect for professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge of a specific topic and connect with peers from across the country, all from the comfort of their own homes!


  • Registration Fee: $40 per seminar session*
  • Upon registration, participants will receive a link via email to join the class, along with further instructions for participation.
*Except Making the Most of Your Internship or Apprenticeship, which is a FREE offering


We are excited to announce our new online class registration system, CourseStorm! Now, you will be able to register for all Goodspeed Education classes, workshops, and events online at your convenience.

Features You’ll Love:

  • Family and student profiles that allow you to securely save information within CourseStorm to make registration faster and more efficient in the future. If you have multiple children, this feature allows you to register them for programs all at once. 
  • The shopping cart helps you stay organized and register for more than one event at a time. 
  • Automated payment plans for semester-long classes. 

Click the button below to register for the Professional Development Seminar Series online!

And, as always, if you have any questions about this new system or any of our educational opportunities, you can contact us at education@goodspeed.org.


The Goodspeed Professional Development Seminar Series will take place over Zoom, a popular video chat software program. Participants will be sent a link via email to join the class and will be held in a virtual “waiting room” until the class time begins. Each class will be monitored by a member of Goodspeed’s Education Staff.

Effective and Impactful Grant Writing

with Director of Development Nancy Altschuler 

Wednesday, September 23 
3:30pm - 5:00pm

Your organization is already doing important work. This seminar will help you craft a strong appeal to the right funder for your project, build upon that relationship, and amplify your organization’s mission. Effective and Impactful Grant Writing is ideal for arts professionals of any experience level, and will cover topics such as:
  • tailoring your grant search and application process to the right funder for your project
  • the role of digital media in grant writing
  • maintaining relationships with grantors before, during, and after the grant period and engaging them in your organization's work

Cultivating Donor Relationships

with Director of Major Gifts Gloria Gorton 

Wednesday, October 7 
3:30pm - 5:00pm

This seminar will discuss ways to engage members of your community to be invested in your organization as well as maintaining meaningful relationships with your donors. Cultivating Donor Relationships is ideal for arts professionals of any experience level, and will cover topics such as:
  • connecting with the right donors for your organization or project
  • building authentic, lasting relationships with donors
  • fostering community among donors, artists, and staff members

Assistant Stage Managing for Regional Theatre

with Assistant Stage Manager Naomi Anhorn

Wednesday, October 21
3:30pm - 5:00pm

Make Up Design

with Hair & Make Up Designer Mark Adam Rampmeyer 

Wednesday, November 4 
3:30pm - 5:00pm

Tools for Teaching Artists

with Education Director Erin Coffey

Wednesday, November 18
3:30pm - 5:00pm

By the end of this seminar, you will have new tools to implement in lesson plans and to bring with you into the classroom, as well as be prepared to work with students and administrators in their environments. The seminar is ideal for early- to mid-career teaching artists, and will cover topics such as:
  • Crafting effective, dynamic, and flexible lesson plans
  • Preparing students for different types of engagement
  • Collaborating with schools and host organizations

Season Budgeting

with Artistic Administrator Kristan McLaughlin 

Wednesday, December 2 
3:30pm - 5:00pm

Making the Most of your Internship or Apprenticeship

with Education Assistant Elizabeth Guilbert
and Assistant Production Manager Nicole Makos 

Wednesday, December 16 
3:30pm - 5:00pm

Goodspeed Musicals The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre