Hip Hop Theatre Weekend III

Open to all at no cost

Disability Accommodations

Equal Opportunity Institution. 24+ hours advance notice is appreciated for accommodations.

Brian Quijada

Brian Quijada sitting on stairs in a relaxed but serious pose, hands together, elbows leaning on his thighs
Friday, January 19

New York City-based actor/playwright/musician/composer Brian Quijada will perform excerpts from a number of his recent plays, such as Where Do I Sit on the Bus?, Kid Prince and Pablo, Somewhere Over the Border, Mexodus and others. Quijada is known for his multimedia theatrical works involving topics on immigration, humanity, identity, and American experience incorporated with Latinx childhood.

Brian Quijada is an Emmy-nominated playwright, actor, and composer whose original work has been developed and produced all across the country.

His plays have been developed at The Kennedy Center, Ars Nova's Antfest, Victory Gardens’ Ignition Festival, New Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Festival, Pittsburgh CLO’s Spark Festival, and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Musical Theatre Conference.

Commissioning institutions include A.R.T. in Boston, 1st Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Woolly Mammoth, Hero Theatre and The Kennedy Center.

As an actor, his work has been seen on the stages of Roundabout Theatre Company, The Public Theatre, Playwrights Realm, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Victory Gardens and more.  On TV, Brian has been seen on Blue Bloods, Search Party and Manhattan Love Story.

As an educator, Brian has served as an adjunct musical solo performance professor at Harvard University and has taught solo performance, social justice, verse writing, and devised theatrical looping master classes for Carnegie Mellon University, Point Park University, University of New Mexico, KCATCF, Western Washington University.

Quijada is a two-time Jeff Award winner in Chicago and a two-time Drama Desk nominee in NYC. He is a proud member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City.

Idris Goodwin

Idris Goodwin sporting a short beard and a friendly smile, in front of a blank wall with a blurred painting
Saturday, January 20

Actor/rapper/playwright/podcaster and Artistic Director of Seattle Children’s Theatre Idris Goodwin will perform excerpts from his plays, spoken word poetry, and raps. Goodwin will be joined on stage by WWU theatre student-actors as well as Quijada for their Hip Hop duo The Fantastic Boom.

Idris Goodwin is an multi award winning storyteller of stage, audio, screen and page. Currently serving as Artistic Director of Seattle Children’s Theater, Idris writes, directs, programs and /or produces relevant content for intergenerational audiences. Goodwin is the author of over 60 dynamic and diverse original plays, such as How We Got On, Hype Man: A Break Beat Play, The Boy Who Kissed The Sky and the ground-breaking Free Play: open source scripts for an antiracist tomorrow. Committed to access and impact, Goodwin's work is widely produced across the country by professional, community and academic institutions alike. His storytelling prowess extends to creating original content for Nickelodeon, HBO Def Poetry, Wondery and more. His first picture book, 'Your House is Not Just A House', is forthcoming on Clarion/Harper Collins 2024. Prior to Seattle, Goodwin served as Executive Director of The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College and StageOne Family Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. As Board President of Theater For Young Audiences/USA, Goodwin champions the essential role of the performing arts in society. You can hear Idris regularly on the Break Beat Week Podcast, where he transforms the week's top stories into a 60 second rap song.

Flava in ya ear

play-making for the audio stage

The digital age has radically exploded the possibilities of theatre-based storytelling and we are seeing a resurgence of the "radio drama." I believe it advantageous for all practicing theater makers to leverage the possibilities of digital audio in playmaking. Designed for any skill level, this workshop invites students into a collaborative, quick n dirty process of writing, performing and recording a short audio play. Students should come with something they can record with (smartphone, Ipad, laptop) and an adventurous spirit.