Idris Goodwin

playwright - break beat poet - essayist

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IDRIS GOODWIN is an award winning playwright, poet, performer and essayist. He is the incoming Producing Artistic Director of Stage One Family Theater in Louisville, KY. For Stage One he penned American Tales and the widely produced And In This Corner : Cassius Clay, winner of the 2017 Distinguished Play Award from The American Association of Theater and Education.  

His play How We Got On developed at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, premiered in Actors Theater’s 2012 Humana Festival, and is being produced at theatres across the country. It is the first in his “break beat play” series which includes The REALNESS and Hype Man, winner of the 2017 Blue Ink Playwriting Award.

Other widely produced plays include Blackademics, This Is Modern Art co-written with Kevin Coval,  Bars and Measures. Goodwin is one of seven playwrights featured in the widely presented HANDS UP!, an anthology commissioned by The New Black Fest and published by Samuel French. His one act Black Flag was produced Off Broadway.

The Way The Mountain Moved, commissioned as part of Oregon Shakespeare’s groundbreaking American Revolutions Series, will world premiere in 2018. He's has work commissioned by or in development with The Public Theatre, Steppenwolf Theater, The Kennedy Center,  Company One Theater, Seattle Children’s Theater, Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor Program, La Jolla Playhouse, The Lark Playwriting Center, The Playwrights's Center and New Harmony Project. Idris's work has received support from the NEA, Mellon and Ford Foundations, and is the recipient of InterAct Theater’s 20/20 Prize.

These Are The Breaks (Write Bloody, 2011), his debut collection of essays and poetry, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Goodwin’s poetry has featured on HBO, The Discovery Channel, Sesame Street and National Public Radio.  

A seasoned educator, Goodwin teaches and lectures across the nation to multiple demographics, and from 2012-2018 was Assistant Professor in The Department of Theatre and Dance at ­­­­Colorado College, where he was voted teacher of the year.