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Goodwin Commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Idris Goodwin, assistant professor of theatre, was recently awarded a c​ommission for a new play by Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Idris Goodwin, assistant theatre professor, was recently awarded a c​ommission for a new play by Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The commission is part of the festival's American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle program. Plays commissioned by the program explore moments of change in America's past, aiming to better understand our national identity. Goodwin's work will be inspired by the writings and illustrations of Department of War representatives identifying possible routes for the transcontinental railroad in 1853-1855.
The Oregon Shakespeare Company presents an eight-month run of 11 plays by Shakespeare, other classic writers, and modern playwrights every year in Ashland, Oregon. The festival draws an audience of more than 400,000 annually.

Goodwin is a lauded playwright whose work has been produced by MPAACT, the American Theater Company, at the ATL Louisville's Humana Festival, and Steppenwolf, among others. He directed his play "Verbal Vaudeville" at CC in December and has taught Hip Hop Aesthetics, Writing for Performance I and II, and Rewriting America: Playwrights & Cultural Identity at CC this year. Goodwin was named Professor of the Year at the 2015 Honors Convocation, held Tuesday, May 5.​

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