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Idris Goodwin is a multidisciplinary arts leader and creative community builder. Across two decades he’s forged a multi-faceted career as an award-winning playwright, Break Beat poet, director, educator, and organizer. He is the new Director of The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

His critically acclaimed plays like And In This Corner Cassius Clay, How We Got On, and Hype Man: A Break Beat Play are widely produced across the country at professional theatres, college campuses, and non-traditional spaces alike. He's been honored to receive developmental support from institutions like The Kennedy Center, The Eugene O'Neill Conference, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, and The Playwrights’ Center.

In addition to the recently released poetry collection Can I Kick It?, he’s had several publications from Haymarket Books including Inauguration co written with nico wilkinson, Human Highlight: Ode To Dominique Wilkins, and the play This Is Modern Art co-written with Kevin Coval. He’s appeared on HBO Def Poetry, Sesame Street, NPR, BBC Radio, and the Discovery Channel.

For six years, Idris taught in the department of Theatre and Dance at Colorado College and was voted Teacher of the Year in 2015. Most recently, Idris served two seasons as Producing Artistic Director at StageOne Family Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. Passionate about cultivating new audiences in the arts, Goodwin actively serves on both the advisory boards of Theatre for Young Audiences USA and Children's Theatre Foundation Association, as well as New Mexico’s 516Arts.

A catalyst for culture, Goodwin uses his full creative powers to galvanize people to the community square. He is a creative voice for change, impassioned by art for social good.

Idris Goodwin News

José Casas Receives Inaugural Dominic Orlando Playwriting Award

The Dominic Orlando Fund, which was created in 2022 following playwright Dominic Orlando's passing in 2021, announces the inaugural recipient of the Dominic Orlando Playwriting Award: José Casas. The two other finalists for the award were Tyla Abercrumbie of Chicago and Roger Q. Mason of Los Angeles.

Karen Akers, Trezana Beverley & More to Take Part in Urban Stages' 39th Annual Benefit STORIES & SONGS

Urban Stages will present its 39th annual benefit, taking place on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023 starting a 6:30pm at the legendary club The Players - 16 Gramercy Park South, NYC. 

The Atlanta Opera Announces Teams For 96-HOUR OPERA PROJECT, June 9-12

The Atlanta Opera has announced that five creative teams have been selected to participate in the second annual 96-Hour Opera Project, a composition competition and showcase that pairs composers and librettists to write ten-minute operas. Bringing their completed works to Atlanta, the teams will workshop and rehearse their productions over four days from June 9–12, with travel, housing, singers, pianists and rehearsal space provided.

Two World Premieres & More Set for First Stage 2023/24 Season

First Stage will present nine exciting, entertaining and inspiring productions in two different performance spaces for its 2023/24 season.

Brittany Bellizeare, Christiana Clark & More to Star in Candrice Jones' FLEX at Lincoln Center Theater

Lincoln Center Theater has announced the complete cast for the New York premiere of FLEX by Candrice Jones, directed by LCT Resident Director Lileana Blain-Cruz. 

Cast & Creatives Set for Agatha Christie's MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS at Guthrie Theater

The Guthrie Theater has announced the cast and creative team for Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, adapted by Ken Ludwig, directed by Risa Brainin. 

Crowded Fire Theater's 2023 Matchbox Play Reading Series Comes To The Potrero Stage This Month

Crowded Fire Theater (CFT)  announces the return of its Matchbox Reading Series, featuring new plays by lily gonzales, Humaira Ghilzai & Bridgette Dutta Portman, Eugenie Chan, and CFT's 2021-23 Resilience & Development (R&D) Lab playwrights Star Finch, A-lan Holt, Maria Jenson, and Lisa Marie Rollins. This year's Matchbox is presented in partnership with Golden Thread Productions, Shotgun Players, and Playwrights Foundation, with support from the Gerbode Foundation.  

2023 National TYA/USA Award Recipients Revealed

Theatre of Young Audiences/USA  will present the ​2023 National TYA/USA Awards​ in three categories. See the recipients!

Oren Safdie's FACADE to Have First Public Reading at Urban Stages in April

Oren Safdie's FACADE will have its first reading at Urban Stages on April 16th.

THE BOY WHO KISSED THE SKY & More Lead BroadwayWorld Atlanta's Top Picks For April 2023

Atlanta is never lacking outstanding theatre, whether epic Broadway shows, engrossing dramas or bold fringe offerings. BroadwayWorld is rounding up our top recommended theatre every month. April 2023's top picks include The Boy Who Kissed The Sky, Dorrance Dance Company, and more!

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Commissions Two Musicals and One Play as Part of Commissioning Program

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has commissioned two musicals and one play as part of the launch of its official Commissioning Program.

St. Louis Shakespeare Festival Sets 2023 Season Featuring TWELFTH NIGHT, MERRY WIVES & More

The St. Louis Shakespeare Festival has announced its line-up for their 23rd Season of free Shakespeare with Twelfth Night as the mainstage production in Forest Park

Emily Stout's GROWNUP to Have NYC Premiere This Spring

The downtown theater ensemble The Associates, in association with consulting producer and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Jefferson White will present the new play Grownup, written by and performed by Emily Stout, premiering in New York this Spring.

Milwaukee Rep Announces 2023/24 Season

Milwaukee Repertory Theater has announced its 70th Anniversary Season with 12 production across three unique venues in the Associated Bank Theater Center and the Historic Pabst Theater.

Video: Psalmayene 24 Speaks with Idris Goodwin About DC Premiere of BARS AND MEASURES

Watch Mosaic Theater's Andrew W. Mellon Playwright-in-Residence Psalmayene 24 speak with playwright Idris Goodwin about the DC premiere of his play with music, Bars and Measures.

Review: BARS AND MEASURES at Mosaic Theater

The clever title of Idris Goodwin's play 'Bars and Measures' at the Mosaic Theater refers both to components of musical notation as well as the harsh realities of the American justice system.

David Henry Hwang, Lauren Gunderson & More to Judge 3rd Annual ENOUGH! Plays to End Gun Violence

Nationally recognized playwrights Idris Goodwin, Lauren Gunderson, Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang, Drama Desk winner Samuel D. Hunter, Pulitzer Prize-finalist Zora Howard, Antoinette Nwandu, Octavio Solis, and Lloyd Suh will select the winning plays for ENOUGH! Plays to End Gun Violence, a playwriting contest for teens.

Windham Theatre Guild Presents BLACKADEMICS

In celebration of Black History Month, the Windham Theatre Guild presents Blackademics by Idris Goodwin opening Friday, February 3rd at the Burton Leavitt Theatre.

Windham Theatre Guild Presents BLACKADEMICS Next Month

The WTG is celebrating Black History Month with Blackademics by Idris Goodwin. Performances are February 3, 4, 10, & 11, 2023 at 7:30 PM, and February 5 & 12, 2023 at 2:00 PM.

Inaugural Mid-Career Director Grant Awarded to Mina Morita

TheFrontOffice Foundation is awarding a $25,000 mid-career grant to Mina Morita, the Director of Artistic & Artist Development at Crowded Fire Theater Company, that will serve as one of the largest financial awards to an individual director. 


Idris Goodwin has written 1 shows including Bars and Measures (Playwright).

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