Longtime Tulsa cultural icons, the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa and Theatre Tulsa, are proud to collaborate on an exciting new pilot program – New Drama League.
Working with students from Louder Than A Bomb-Tulsa, a citywide youth poetry project, this conservatory seeks to engage, nurture and develop a new generation of Tulsa’s theatrical talent through extensive mentorship and professional development opportunities. Currently presented on a trial basis, New Drama League allows AHCT and Theatre Tulsa to expand their missions to empower our community’s creative culture – by providing a foundation for emerging theatrical artists, and by giving young talent a chance to hone and showcase their craft.
Up-and-coming playwright Idris Goodwin (also a Louder Than a Bomb Chicago veteran) has been engaged to help launch, develop and direct the program. In its trial run, students wrote and performed an original one-act play under the mentorship and direction of Mr. Goodwin.
Idris Goodwin, a playwright who performs, a rapper who writes essays, a teacher who makes albums. He’s been recognized for his work across mediums by The National Endowment for the Arts, The Ford and Mellon Foundation, The New York Times and National Public Radio. 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 will be remounted in 2013 by Boston’s Company One. His latest play, Blackademics kicks off the 2012/2013 season of Chicago’s MPAACT. He is currently under commission with Denver Center Theater. Other stages works have been featured at Steppenwolf Theater, American Theater Company, Pilsbury House and The Los Angeles Theater Center. He’s appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry, The Discovery Channel, and Sesame Street. These Are The Breaks, his debut collection of essays, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. An award winning educator, he’s taught at The University of Iowa, Northwestern University, and is currently a Mellon fellow in performance writing at Colorado College.