Idris Goodwin
Affiliated Writer
Manitou Springs, CO
Idris Goodwin is an award winning playwright, spoken word performer, essayist and hip hop artist based in Colorado


Idris Goodwin is a playwright, poet/performer and essayist. His play How We Got On developed at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, premiered in Actors Theatre’s 2012 Humana Festival, and is being produced at theatres across the country. It is the first in his “break beat play” series which includes The REALNESS and Hype Man.Other plays include Blackademics, This Is Modern Art co-written with Kevin Coval, And In This Corner: Cassius Clay, and Bars and Measures. Goodwin is one of seven playwrights featured in the widely presented HANDS UP!, an anthology commissioned by The New Black Fest and published by Samuel French. His one act Black Flag was produced Off Broadway. The Way The Mountain Moved, commissioned as part of Oregon Shakespeare’s groundbreaking American Revolutions Series, will world premiere in 2018. He has work commissioned by or in development with The Public Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, The Kennedy Center,  Seattle Children’s Theatre, Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor Program, La Jolla Playhouse, The Lark Playwriting Center, The Playwrights's Center and New Harmony Project. He’s received support from the NEA and Ford Foundation, and is the recipient of The Blue Ink Playwriting Award and InterAct Theater’s 20/20 Prize. These Are The Breaks (Write Bloody, 2011), his debut collection of essays and poetry, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Goodwin’s poetry has featured on HBO, The Discovery Channel, Sesame Street and National Public Radio.  Goodwin is an assistant professor in The Department of Theatre and Dance at Colorado College. Find him at

Agent Information

Mark Orsini
Bret Adams, Ltd.


Member Idris Goodwin's play Hype Man: A Break Beat Play will be presented January 25 - February 17, 2019 as part of InterAct Theatre Company's 2018/19 season in Philadelphia, PA. More info at

Poet and playwright Idris Goodwin (HOW WE GOT ON, THE REALNESS) returns to Company One Theatre for the World Premiere of HYPE MAN, a rhythmically-infused ode to the sidekicks, the lyricists, and the beat-makers who operate in the explosive intersection of art, personal politics, and friendship.

Theatre Alliance announces 2017-18 season. Includes The Raid by Idris Goodwin (Feb. 8-March 18, 2018).

The Way The Mountain Moved by Idris Goodwin will be included in Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2018 season. 

Idris Goodwin's The Way The Mountain Moved selected as part of OSF's '17-'18 season! See the link for more information: