IDRIS GOODWIN 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 a 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 Berkeley Rep, Denver Center Theater, Steppenwolf, StageOne 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.
USITT Keynote Speaker - Scenic Designer
Robert Mark Morgan
Robert Mark Morgan has designed professionally in
the areas of theatre, museum, and theme park
the Exhibition (museum
exhibit) originally designed for Experience Music
Project in Seattle is touring nationwide and is
currently installed at the Henry Ford Museum in
Detroit until January 26, 2014.
His designs have been seen onstage nationally at the
Utah Shakespeare Festival, Asolo Repertory Theatre
(Sarasota, FL), Indiana Repertory Theatre, Repertory
Theatre of St. Louis, The Old Globe, Cincinnati
Playhouse in the Park, Studio Arena (Buffalo, NY),
Childrens Theatre Company (Minneapolis, MN),
Cleveland Play House, San Jose Repertory Theatre,
Denver Center Theatre Company, Alliance Theatre
(Atlanta), Barrington Stage, Marin Theatre Company,
Magic Theatre, and American Conservatory Theatre
(ACT) in San Francisco.