Dr. Janna L. Goodwin is a writer/playwright, director and performer of original, devised and community-based work which has been produced throughout New England, in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and in Denver. Her scholarship concerns the functions and consequences of everyday performances of self and society, and the transformative potentials of comedy, storytelling and dialogue. In 2010, she launched the interdisciplinary faculty-student collaborative blog, The Regis Performance Alliance
, which provides a multi-vocal reflection upon the ways in which the intentional practice of theatre can be powerfully transformative (and how involvement in theatrical performances has impacted Regis students). She created, developed, and for years mentored the student sketch-and-improvisational comedy ensemble, OutRegis!
, mission was to use comedy and dialogue to spark meaningful exchanges around complex social issues. This approach repeatedly tripled attendance and participation in campus diversity dialogues. Goodwin recently completed a work of literary fiction, Cowboy State
. The novel exposes some of the ramifications of our nation’s Wild West narrative, a myth that has facilitated exploitative expansion and unfettered domination of some industries over most aspects—cultural, social and political—of life in Wyoming, where Goodwin’s immigrant great grandfather, her grandfather, and his brothers labored in the fossil fuel industry.