The Goodman Acting School
The Goodman Acting School
The Goodman Acting School was founded in 2005 as an initiative of Shmulik Yifrach and supported by the Israeli Government, The Beer-Sheva City Council and the generous donation of Larry and Lillian Goodman. The school was primarily aimed as a center for promotion and development of local talent in the performing arts for the residents of Beer Sheva and the Negev. Today the school is proud to operate at the highest professional standards, employing an incredible faculty, with 69 alumni and an additional 55 current students in the 3-year program. The school receives applications from throughout Israel and the eighth class cycle will commence in October 2014. There is a close collaboration with the Beer Sheva Theatre, as the school's alumni become the reserve for the theatre’s professional company.
The school is situated in a purpose built, state-of-the-art facility on par with the best in Israel for teaching performing arts. Productions are performed by students to invited audiences comprised of professional performing artists, journalists, art critics, culture-enthusiasts as well as the wider community of the Negev. During the past year the school presented 40 plays to more than 8,000 people.
The school is fully recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Sports and meets the criteria of the Cultural Administration equal with other leading Acting Schools in Israel. Affiliated and supporting entities include: The Beer Sheva City Council, The Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundation, The Negev Development Authority, The Caesarea -Rothschild Fund, ICL Industrial products, The Ted Arison Family Foundation, Teva, Machteshim Chemical Plants Ltd., The Rashi Foundation and Ben Gurion University. The Board of the acting school consists of prominent lay leaders from the BG University, Industrial companies, Local Authorities and more. It is chaired by Ofer Lifshiz, Deputy CEO of Israeli Chemicals Company. This wide support allows the school to award grants and scholarships to talented students who have financial difficulties.
At Goodman Acting School there is extensive programming for social community involvement. This includes close connections to Soroka Hospital Children's Department, at risk youth, absorption centers, elderly homes and more. These programs are based on a strong belief that a close bond built between the students and the community has reciprocal benefits; creating involved, socially active and sensitive performers whilst bringing knowledge and participation in the arts to the community's 'grass roots.
The Goodman Acting School thus demonstrates how linking performance arts education to its regional and social context is able to influence and enrich society.