Idris Goodwin
Affiliated Writer
Louisville, KY
Idris Goodwin is an award-winning playwright, director, orator, and educator.

Idris Goodwin is a multiple award-winning playwright, breakbeat poet, content creator and arts champion. A 2021 United States Artist Fellow, Goodwin is recognized as a culture bearer who celebrates community values and cultivates histories with care. Idris is the author of over 60 original plays ranging from his Hip Hop inspired breakbeat series to historical dramas to works for young audiences. Titles such as And In This Corner Cassius Clay, How We Got On,  Hype Man: A Break Beat Play, This is Modern Art, and the ground-breaking Free  Play: open source scripts for an antiracist tomorrow, are widely produced across the country by a diverse mix of professional theaters, academic environments, and non-traditional spaces alike. Goodwin’s created original content for and/or appeared on Nickelodeon, HBO Def Poetry, Sesame Street, NPR, BBC Radio, and the Discovery Channel. “Your House is Not Just A House,” his first picture book, will be published by Harper Collins in 2024.  Passionate about cultivating new audiences in the arts, Idris served as Executive Director of The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College (the first Black man to hold the position in its 100 year history). Prior to that, Goodwin served two seasons as Producing Artistic Director at StageOne Family Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. Idris sits on the board of the Children's Theatre Foundation Association and was recently named Board President of Theater For Young Audiences/USA.  Find him at and on across all the socials

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The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust announced the names of the 10 outstanding early- to mid-career playwrights who will be celebrated with 2021 Steinberg Playwright Awards in the amount of $10,000 each, which includes Playwrights' Center Affiliated Writer Idris Goodwin.

Affiliated Writer Idris Goodwin's new Actor's Theatre comission, Ali Summit, will close out the 45th Annual Humana Fest and Actor Theatre's 2020-21 season. It will run March 24 - April 11, 2021 in Louisville, KY. Full season announcement here

Idris Goodwin, an accomplished playwright, poet, director, educator, and organizer, will become the next director of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, effective May 1, 2020. He will lead strategic direction and manage operations for the FAC.

Idris Goodwin recognized as one of The Most-Produced TYA Playwrights of 2019/20. 

Ghost by Idris Goodwin, Adapted from the award-winning novel by Jason Reynolds, recognized as one of The Top 10 Most-Produced Titles of 2019/20 by Theatre for Young Audiences/USA.