Roche Schulfer

Executive Director at Goodman Theater

Roche Schulfer

Roche Schulfer

Executive Director at Goodman Theater

Biography

Roche Edward Schulfer started working in the Goodman Theatre box office and ultimately became executive director in 1980. Since that time he has overseen more than 350 productions including close to 150 premieres. He initiated the Goodman’s annual production of A Christmas Carol, which celebrated 40 years as Chicago’s leading holiday arts tradition in 2017. In partnership with Artistic Director Robert Falls, Mr. Schulfer led the establishment of quality, diversity and community engagement as the core values of Goodman Theatre. During their tenure, the Goodman has received numerous awards for excellence, including the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater, recognition by Time magazine as the “Best Regional Theatre” in the U.S., the Pulitzer Prize for Lynn Nottage’s Ruined and many Jeff Awards for outstanding achievement in Chicago area theater. Mr. Schulfer has negotiated the presentation of numerous Goodman Theatre productions to many national and international venues. He coordinated the 12-year process to relocate the Goodman to the Theatre District in 2000. To mark his 40th anniversary with the Goodman, his name was added to the theater’s “Walk of Stars.” Mr. Schulfer was a founder and twice chair of the League of Chicago Theatres, the trade association of more than 200 Chicago area theaters and producers. He has been privileged to serve in leadership roles with Arts Alliance Illinois (the statewide advocacy coalition); Theatre Communications Group (the national service organization for more than 450 not-for-profit theaters); the Performing Arts Alliance (the national advocacy consortium of more than 18,000 organizations and individuals); the League of Resident Theatres (the management association of 65 leading US theater companies); Lifeline Theatre in Rogers Park and the Arts & Business Council. Mr. Schulfer is honored to have been recognized with the League of Chicago Theater’s Lifetime Achievement Award; Theatre Communication Group’s Visionary Leadership Award; Actors’ Equity Association for promoting diversity and equal opportunity in Chicago theater; the American Arts Alliance and Arts Alliance Illinois for arts advocacy; the Arts & Business Council for distinguished contributions to Chicago’s artistic vitality; Chicago magazine and the Chicago Tribune as a “Chicagoan of the Year”; the City of Chicago; Columbia College Chicago for entrepreneurial leadership; the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee for his partnership with Robert Falls; Lawyers for the Creative Arts; Lifeline Theatre’s Raymond R. Snyder Award for Commitment to the Arts; Season of Concern for support of direct care for those living with HIV/AIDS; and Vision 2020 for promoting gender equality and diversity in the workplace. Mr. Schulfer received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from North Central College. He taught at DePaul University for 15 years and has lectured annually on strategic planning at Southern Methodist University, as well as being a guest speaker at many academic institutions. In the past year, he has presented a talk on the economics of the performing arts for several local and national theater companies as well as Theater Communications Group. Mr. Schulfer is a lifelong Chicago area resident and received a degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame where he managed the cultural arts commission. He will be teaching a theater management seminar at Notre Dame in the fall of 2018.

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Goodman Theater
League of Chicago Theatres

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Number of Boards

7

Number of Awards

2

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Director, Artistic Director at Goodman Theater

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Vice Chairman at Goodman Theater

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Executive Vice President at Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc.

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Resident Director at Goodman Theater

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Co-Founder at The Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation

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Founder at Bricker & Associates, Inc.

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Co-Chairman & Secretary at Turtle Wax, Inc.

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Executive Director at Reva & David Logan Foundation

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Director, Chicago/Midwest Region at The New Israel Fund - USA

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Artistic Associate at Goodman Theater

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The University of Notre Dame’s endowment provides nearly $100 million in financial aid annually to help students pay for college. Less than a generation ago, in 1990, the number was around $5 million. They’ve been able to keep pace with the rapidly growing financial needs of students, in part, by making smart investments in private equity.

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Executive Director
Current

Chicago Theatre Group, Inc. encompasses a drama school and professional acting services. It produces classic and contemporary works which gives voice to wide range of artists and visions. The company was founded in July 1922 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Founder
Tenure Unconfirmed
Adjunct Faculty Member
Prior
Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
Current

ARTS ALLIANCE ILLINOIS FIGHTS FOR ARTS RESOURCES AND POLICIES THAT BENEFIT ILLINOIS.

Member, Board of Directors
Prior

The Theatre Communications Group, Inc. is a private company headquartered in the United States. The firm operates as an association for the welfare of theatrical arts.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$100 - $249
2019

Storycatchers Theatre prepares young people to make thoughtful life choices through the process of writing, producing and performing original musical theatre inspired by personal stories.

$100 - $249
2019

NORTHLIGHT THEATRE ASPIRES TO PROMOTE CHANGE OF PERSPECTIVE AND ENCOURAGE COMPASSION BY EXPLORING THE DEPTH OF OUR HUMANITY ACROSS A BOLD SPECTRUM OF THEATRICAL EXPERIENCES.

$1,000 - $4,999
2018

PAWS Chicago is a national model in No Kill animal welfare, offering robust adoption and spay/neuter programs.

Political Donations
$500
2012

Former President of United States

$500
2011

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is the official campaign arm of the Democrats in the House. The DCCC is the only political committee in the country whose principal mission is to support Democratic House candidates every step of the way.

$250
2010

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is the official campaign arm of the Democrats in the House. The DCCC is the only political committee in the country whose principal mission is to support Democratic House candidates every step of the way.

Awards & Honors
North Central College
Chicago Magazine - Chicagoan of the Year
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