IDRIS GOODWIN (playwright, This Is Modern Art)is a playwright, spoken word performer and essayist recognized across mediums by The National Endowment for the Arts, The Ford and Mellon Foundation. His play How We Got On, developed at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, premiered at The 2012 Humana Festival of New Plays. How We Got On (Playscripts, 2013) is being remounted in theaters across the country and was nominated for an ATCA Steinberg New Play award. His play Blackademics, also nominated for a Steinberg award, was named best play of 2012 by the Chicago Tribune. He is currently developing new stage works with Denver Center Theatre Company, Steppenwolf theatre Company, StageOne and Actors Theater of Louisville. He’s enjoyed writing residencies with Berkeley Rep Theatre and New Harmony Project. Idris is a Core Writer with The Playwrights’ Center. These Are The Breaks (Write Bloody, 2011), his debut collection of essays and poetry, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He’s performed on HBO, The Discovery Channel, Sesame Street and National Public Radio. He teaches performance writing and Hip Hop aesthetics at Colorado College.