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Idris Goodwin

Assistant Professor

Idris Goodwin is one of the most dynamic and innovative young playwrights in the country. He received his BA in Film, Video, and Screenwriting from Columbia College, his MFA in Creative Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and continues graduate work at the University of Iowa’s Iowa Playwrights Workshop.

He has taught as an adjunct or visiting artist at the universities of Northwestern, DePaul, Iowa, Illinois, and New Mexico, respectively, and taught Performance Poetry at the Indian American Institute of Arts. He also has been a teaching artist in residence a middle/high schools in Chicago and Albuquerque. Goodwin reaches out to spoken word, break beat poetry, hip-hop, and film/video as interdisciplinary venues.

Mr. Goodwin’s play Blackademics chew the flan waiting for death and/or tenure…will be produced at MPAACT in Chicago this fall. The spring, How We Got On will be produced at ATL Louisville’s Humana Festival (the country’s premier new works festival) and Untitled 10 minute play will be produced at Chicago’s American Theatre Company. Already at this early phase of his career, his works—solo or otherwise—have been staged by Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf, and the MCA in Chicago, the Pillsbury Center in Minneapolis, and the Revolutions Theater Festival in Albuquerque. He is the recipient of numerous national awards, fellowships, and honors.