Author Idris Goodwin

Idris Goodwin

Idris Goodwin is an award-winning playwright, director, orator, poet and educator. He was recently named 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. Other widely produced stage-plays include: How We Got On, This Is Modern Art co-written with Kevin Coval, Bars and Measures, The Raid, Hype Man and Blackademics. His play From The Mouths of Monsters was produced by The Kennedy Center’s Theater for Young Audiences Division. Idris is currently developing new TYA plays for Seattle Children’s Theater, Metro Plays and Nashville Children’s Theater. He’s received support from the NEA, Ford, Mellon and Edgerton Foundation, and awarded The American History Cycle Commission from Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The BlueInk Playwriting Prize and InterAct Theater’s 20/20 Prize. Goodwin recently directed Dominique Morriseau’s Detroit ’67 for Curious Theater and This Is Modern Art for Denver Center Theatre. He is the author of the pushcart nominated essay collection These Are The Breaks and Inauguration, a chapbook co-written with Nico Wilkinson (Haymarket Books), winner of the 2017 Literary Arts Award from The Pikes Peak Arts Council. His words have appeared on HBO, Sesame Street, BBC radio and Discovery Channel. 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.

  • Notes From the Field 02.14.19

    Storytellers, Stand Up! Keynote Address at Write Now 2019