Idris Goodwin

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Idris Goodwin is one of the leading voices in his field. He harnesses the power of written and spoken word to build more diverse and equitable spaces for all. He is the Producing Artistic Director of Stage One Family Theater in Louisville, KY for which he penned the widely produced And In This Corner : Cassius Clay, which won the distinguished new play award from The Association for Theatre and Education. Other widely produced plays include: How We Got On, Hype Man: a break beat play, and This is Modern Art co written with Kevin Coval. His The Way The Mountain Moved was commissioned and produced as part of Oregon Shakespeare’s American Revolutions series.

Goodwin’s plays have been produced by or developed with Arena Stage’s Power Plays Commission Series, The Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Steppenwolf Theater, The Kennedy Center, Seattle Children’s Theater, Nashville Children’s Theater, Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor Program, La Jolla Playhouse, The Eugene O’Neill Center, The Lark Playwriting Center and New Harmony Project. He’s received support from the NEA, The Ford, Mellon and Edgerton Foundation, and is the recipient of InterAct Theater’s 20/20 Prize and The Playwrights’ Center’s Mcknight Fellowship. Idris is a member of The Dramatists Guild and serves on the boards of TYA/USA and The Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.

Also a writer of several books, Goodwin coined the term “break beat poet.”  His publications include the pushcart nominated essay and poetry collection These Are The Breaks (Write Bloody). He’s had several publications with Haymarket Books including Inauguration (co written with Nico Wilkinson), winner of the 2017 Literary Arts Award from The Pikes Peak Arts Council, and Human Highlight: Ode To Dominique Wilkins co-written with Kevin Coval. His poetry was featured on HBO Def Poetry, Sesame Street, NPR, BBC radio and The Discovery Channel.