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IN MEMORIUM:  Father Robert Goodwin, Co-Founder of the NHETG

On May 15, 2017, the Reverend Robert T. Goodwin was called to his rest and to the glory of the Resurrection promised by the Lord. He was 90 years old.

Father Goodwin was born on May 15, 1927 in Haverhill, Massachusetts and was ordained a priest on June 15, 1957 by the Most Reverend Matthew F. Brady, D.D., at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. Father Goodwin studied at Boston University, Boston, MA, then completed his ecclesiastical studies at The Seminary of Philosophy and Grand Seminary in Montreal, P.Q., Canada.

Father Goodwin first served as temporary associate pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Concord and then as associate pastor of Saint Peter Parish in Auburn while serving as a teacher at Bishop Bradley High School. Fr. Goodwin also served Saint Patrick Parish, Manchester; Saint Joseph Cathedral Parish, Manchester; Saint Lawrence Parish, Goffstown; Immaculate Conception Parish, Penacook; Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Concord; and Saint Peter Parish, Concord. In addition Fr. Goodwin was on the faculty at Bishop Brady High School.

Father Goodwin served as pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in New London until he was assigned to teach at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, Dover while serving as associate pastor of Saint James Parish, Portsmouth. He retired permanently from ministry in June of 1995.

He is survived by a nephew, Dr. Thomas J. Goodwin of Houston, TX.

On Sunday, May 21, 2017, the Rite of Reception of the Body will take place at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 724 Main Street, New London, N.H. at 4:30 P.M. Father Goodwin will lie in repose in the church until 7:00 P.M., concluding with Mass of the High Priest. On Monday, May 22, 2017, Father Goodwin will lie in repose at Our Lady of Fatima Church from 9:00 A.M. till 9:45 A.M. The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, will preside at a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Fatima Church at 10:00 A.M. The Rite of Committal will be celebrated at Holy Angels Cemetery in Westville, New Hampshire at a later date. 

The Chadwick Funeral Home at 235 Main Street, in New London, New Hampshire has care of the arrangements.

                The primary goal of the New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild (NHETG), is to support, promote and celebrate the dramatic arts at the high school level in the
Granite State.  Hosting theatre festivals, student conferences, and teacher professional development workshops, the NHETG fosters growth through sharing. 


Its signature event, the state-wide theatre festival, annually brings together high school theatre programs from around the state.  Each of these festivals consists of 6-8 high schools performing their one-act shows or one another.  After each
performance, the festival provides structured, constructive feedback both from the fellow student audience members as well as theatre professionals.  At the end of the festival, awards are
presented to students and groups for outstanding performances and technical elements.

From these Regional Festivals, shows are selected to perform at the NHETG State Drama Festival.  The structure of this festival is similar to that of the regionals.  Finally, two shows are chosen from the State Drama
Festival to perform at the New England Drama Festival, which is held in a different New England state each year.

"What I like about the NHETG festivals is the experience. Having 24 schools come together that share the same interest as you, who also help you and continue to support you on the journey. Meeting people and facing challenges you don't expect along the way. And the rush you feel after performing your show, nothing is better than that."

-Kyleigh Moore
Technical Theatre Student


    The NHETG also sponsors Theatre Workshops at Plymouth State University in the fall.  Whether your interests lie on stage or behind the scenes, this day of workshops has something for everyone.  Here is the first opportunity of the school year for high school theatre programs to get to know each other, and learn a great deal about their craft in the process.  


    Newly minted in 2016, the NHETG has partnered with the Winnipesaukee Playhouse and the New Hampshire Educational Theatre Association, to create a unique opportunity for teachers to gain professional development hours.