School of Communication

Henry Godinez

Department of Theatre

Henry Godinez

Associate Professor
Theatre and Interpretation Center
1949 Campus Drive, Room 212
Evanston , IL 60208-2430

Born in Havana, Cuba, Henry Godinez is a leader in Chicago Latino theatre. The Resident Artistic Associate at the Goodman Theatre, Godinez is the director of the Goodman's biennial Latino Theatre Festival featuring international, national and local Latino theatre companies. At the Goodman he has directed the world premieres of Karen Zacarías' Mariela in the Desert, Regina Taylor’s Millennium Mambo and Luis Alfaro’s Straight As A Line. Also at Goodman, he has directed The Cook by Eduardo Machado, Electricidad by Luis Alfaro, Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez, Sam Shepard’s Red Cross (one of the five short plays in Regina Taylor’s Transformations), the Goodman/Teatro Vista co-production of Jose Rivera's Cloud Tectonics and the Goodman’s production of A Christmas Carol from 1996-2001. Other productions include Anna in the Tropics at Victory Gardens Theatre, Nilo Cruz's Two Sisters and a Piano for Apple Tree Theatre (a co-production with Teatro Vista), True West at Portland Center Stage and Urban Zulu Mambo at Signature Theatre in New York City.

Godinez is the co-founder of Teatro Vista and served as its artistic director for the first five years. Also with Teatro Vista, he directed El Paso Blue and Santos & Santos by Octavio Solis, Journey of the Sparrows, The Crossing and Eduardo Machado's Broken Eggs. Other directing credits include The Winter's Tale at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Macbeth for the Oak Park Festival Theatre, Romeo and Juliet at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, as well as several seasons of "Stories on Stage" for WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. He was an Associate Professor at The Theatre School of DePaul University and an Artist-In-Residence at Columbia College Chicago. As an actor he has been seen at The Old Globe Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Kennedy Center, The Court Theatre and Victory Gardens Theatre, as well as in television and films including Above the Law, The Fugitive and The Package. He has served as a site evaluator and panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.


MFA Professional Theatre Training Program, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (now located at The University of Delaware)
BA Theatre, University of Dallas

Recent Awards and Honors

2013 Clarence Simon Award for Teaching and Mentoring
2000 Distinguished Service Award, Lawyers for the Creative Arts
1999 TCG Alan Schneider Directing Award


243-1 Acting I: Principles of Characterization-Basic Concepts
243-2 Acting I: Principles of Characterization-Dramatic Imagination
243-3 Acting I: Principles of Characterization-Dramatic Characterization
341-1,2,3 Acting II Analysis and Performance
349-3 Acting III: Latino Theatre