Idris Goodwin

Idris Goodwin is a playwright, poet/performer, and essayist. His play How We Got On, developed at the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, premiered in Actors Theatre'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. His play And In This Corner: Cassius Clay received the 2017 Distinguished Play Award from The American Association of Theater and Education. Other plays include Blackademics, This Is Modern Art, co-written with Kevin Coval, Bars and Measures, and The Raid. 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 in Summer Shorts Festival at 59E59 Theatre. The Way The Mountain Moved, commissioned as part of Oregon Shakespeare's groundbreaking American Revolutions Series, will world premiere in 2018. He's received support from the NEA and Ford Foundation, and awarded Oregon Shakespeare's American History Cycle Commission, The Blue Ink Playwriting Award, and InterAct Theater's 20/20 Prize. He has work commissioned by or in development with The Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Steppenwolf Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Seattle Children's Theatre, Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor Program, La Jolla Playhouse, The Lark Playwriting Center, The Playwrights's Center, and New Harmony Project. These Are The Breaks (Write Bloody, 2011), his debut collection of essays and poetry, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Goodwin's poetry has been featured on HBO, The Discovery Channel, Sesame Street and National Public Radio. Goodwin is an assistant professor in The Department of Theatre and Dance at Colorado College. Find him at

Plays by Idris Goodwin