• Janna Goodwin
  • Janna Goodwin

    Faculty Mentor, Writing for Performance

Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., University of Amherst

Janna Goodwin is a playwright, director, performer, and producer of original, devised, and community-based work. Her one-act to full-length plays, shows for one actor and for ensembles, have been produced in Los Angeles, New York and Colorado and throughout New England, and include The House Not Touched By Death, Serving Time, If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now, Just Pretend Everything is Perfectly Normal, Pointers, and more. She has directed one-person shows such as BJ Goodwin’s Keeping a Breast and Leslie Farlow’s Eve. 

Her most recent collaboration, Face, with Modern Muse Theatre, is aimed at high-school audiences and incorporates multiple forms—from trapeze to choral work to slam poetry to social media—to explore the lives of young adults today. Goodwin’s in-progress projects include a 90-minute solo, You Are Reminded That Your Safety is Your Own Responsibility; sketch comedy as a tool that can be mastered to spark productive dialogue in defined communities, and developing narratives of climate change and disaster.

Janna is most interested in working with writers who want to develop original solo performances and with those hoping to work in collaborative ways to adapt or generate autobiographical, documentary or auto-ethnographic texts towards theatrical production.