Idris Goodwin is a playwright, rapper and essayist. His widely produced plays How We Got On (Actors Theater of Louisville/ Humana Festival) and Blackademics (MPAACT, Crowded Fire) were both nominated for Steinberg Awards. Other plays include And In This Corner: Cassius Clay (StageOne Family Theater), This Is Modern Art (Steppenwolf), Bars and Measures ( B Street Theatre, NNPN RWP), The Raid (Jackalope Theatre) THE REALNESS: a break beat play (Merrimack Repertory) and From The Mouth of Monsters (Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences).
The Way The Mountain Moved, a new drama penned as part of the American Revolutions Cycle, will premiere at Oregon Shakespeare in 2018.
Goodwin is one of the seven playwrights featured in HANDS UP an anthology commissioned by The New Black Fest, that’s been presented across the country. His one act Black Flag was produced in Off Broadway in New York’s Summer Shorts Festival at 59E59 Theatre.
Goodwin was a finalist for the Dramatist Guild’s 2016 Lanford Wilson Award, the recipient of InterAct Theater’s 20/20 Award and the Blue Ink Playwriting Award.
He has been writer in residence at The Playwrights’ Center, The Eugene O’Neil Playwrights Center, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor Program, The Lark Playwriting Center, and New Harmony Project. He’s also developed new plays as a guest in the theatre programs of New York University and University of California Santa Barbara’s LaunchPad Series.
An accomplished Hip Hop poet, his albums include include Break Beat Poems and Rhyming While Black. He is the author of the pushcart nominated essay collection These Are The Breaks (Write Bloody, 2011). Goodwin’s words have been featured on HBO, Sesame Street, BBC Radio and Discovery Channel.
Goodwin is a frequent cross disciplinary collaborator who has performed with musicians at the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and in response to the JM Turner Exhibit at Santa Monica’s Getty Art Museum. In 2010 he performed New Mexico Remix, a collaboration with world renowned street artist Chaz Bojorquez and 516 Gallery in Albuquerque.
Idris is associate professor in The Department of Theatre and Dance at Colorado College.