Idris Goodwin is a multidisciplinary arts leader and creative community builder. He is the new director of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. Across two decades, he has forged a multifaceted career as an award-winning script writer for stage and screen, Break Beat poet, director, educator, and organizer. The author of Free Plays: Open Source Scripts for an Antiracist Tomorrow, Goodwin is committed to using the arts to spark meaningful conversation. His critically acclaimed plays And in This Corner: Cassius Clay, How We Got On, and Hype Man: A Break Beat Play are widely produced across the country at professional theatres, college campuses, and nontraditional spaces alike. He has been honored to receive developmental support from institutions such as The Kennedy Center, the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, and the Playwrights’ Center.
Regional Rep: Colorado
When I became a member of the Dramatist Guild years ago I felt linked to a legacy of storytellers. The opportunity to serve as ambassador only strengthens that link. I love Colorado and know there is a rich and varied theatre community here. As the new Director of The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College I am committed to helping expand the story of the American West and platform the dramatist who will help unfold that story. But also this is a critical moment for we dramatists. Our stages have changed and yet there is so much to write about! Every day we are experiencing and witnessing a complicated global theatre of undeniable urgency, tragedy, and possibility. Since the lockdown I have embraced and eagerly explored the digital and streaming landscape and look to enlist my fellow theatre artists in that journey. I also want to continue to plot a better future when our stages eventually reopen. The timing is right and I am ready to serve. In these critical times we storytellers are also essential workers.