Idris Goodwin



Idris Goodwin is a creative voice for change impassioned by the power of art for social good.  An  award-winning playwright, break beat poet and Producing Artistic Director of Louisville’s StageOne Family Theater, Goodwin uses story to inspire and incite new audiences across culture and generation. His critically acclaimed playsAnd In This Corner Cassius Clay, How We Got On  and  Hype Man: a break beat play  are widely produced across the country at professional theaters, college campuses and non-traditional spaces alike. He's been honored to receive commissions and developmental support from institutions like The Kennedy Center, The Eugene O'Neill Conference, Oregon Shakespeare Festival's American Revolutions Series, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Ground Floor Residency. He's currently writing  Scarfoot Lives, a new play co-commissioned by Arena Stage's Power Play Program and The Playwright Center's McKnight Fellowship.  In addition to the forthcoming poetry collection  Can I Kick It?,  he’s had several publications with Haymarket Books including  Inauguration,  Human Highlight: Ode To Dominique Wilkins and the controversial play  This Is Modern Art co -written with Kevin Coval.  His words, voice and sometimes entire body, have shown up on HBO Def Poetry, Sesame Street, NPR, BBC Radio and the Discovery Channel. A frequent public speaker at conferences and educational spaces, Goodwin is one of the leading voices in his field, committed to using art to cultivate more diverse and equitable spaces. For upcoming performances, content and creative writing tools visit 


Hype Man: a break beat play