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Idris Goodwin

Author's Bio

Idris Goodwin is an award winning playwright, essayist, and spoken word artist. His play How We Got On, developed at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville's 2012 Humana Festival. Nominated for an ATCA Steinberg New Play Award and published by Playscripts, How We Got On is being remounted across the country. Goodwin was back at Humana Festival this year as co-writer of Remix 38. Upcoming productions include: This is Modern Art at Steppenwolf Theater and And in this corner…Cassius Clay at StageOne. He holds writing commissions from B Street Theater and InterAct (as recipient of their annual 20/20 Award). Goodwin has been a writer in residence at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor Program, The Kennedy Center and New Harmony Project. Goodwin is a Core Writer with The Playwrights' Center and a proud member of the Dramatist Guild. An accomplished poet and essayist, his book These Are The Breaks was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He's performed on HBO, Discovery Channel, and Sesame Street. Goodwin teaches performance writing and hip hop aesthetics at Colorado College.

Publications and Prizes

These Are the Breaks (Write Bloody Publishing, 2011)
Humana Festival 2012: the complete plays - How We Got On (Playscripts, Inc, 2013), A Storm Between Fingers: Malika's Kitchen (Flipped eye, 2007), Spoken Word Revolution Redux (Sourcebooks, 2007)
A View From the Loft, Ariel, Blood Lotus, Diagram, Lunarosity, MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine, Muzzle, Rattle, xcp: Cultural Poetics
Outpost Performance Space (2009), Wilmette Theater (2009), High Mayhem Emerging Arts Festival, Warehouse 21 - Sante Fe, NM (2008), Just Bust!, University of Wisconsin - Madison (2008), Non English Speaking Spoken Here: The Late Nite Series, Pillsbury House Theater - Minneapolis, MN (2008), Traffic Series, Steppenwolf Theater - Chicago, IL (2008), Washington Jefferson College - Washington, PA (2008), HBO Def Poetry, Season Six (2007), Millenium Park - Chicago, IL (2007), Lip Reading Series, Poetry Center - Chicago, IL (2006)
Future Aesthetics Artist Re-grant, Ford Foundation/Hip Hop Theater Fest, 2008 Wallace W. Douglas Distinguished Service Award for excellence in teaching, 2008 Orgie Theatre Award For Innovative Chicago Theater, 2008 Illinois Arts Council Ethnic Folk Arts Award, 2007 National Showcase of New Plays (“Braising”), Stanford University, 2005 National Endowment for the Arts/TCG Playwriting Residency Grant, 2004-2005

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Listing last updated: May 23, 2014

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Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist
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Identifies as:
African American
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Born in:
Detroit, MI
Raised in:
Chicago, IL

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