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Henry Godinez

School of Communication

Professor of Theatre


Areas of Focus

  • Theater
  • Cuban theater/Latino theater
  • Cultural exchange
  • Acting/directing
  • Shakespeare


  • Godinez created a theater course with Teatro Buendia in Cuba for Northwestern University students studying abroad.
  • Godinez is the Resident Artistic Associate at the Goodman Theatre, where he is the director of the Latino Theatre Festival.
  • Most recently for the Goodman he directed Fannie, the Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer and American Mariachi, and fostered the co-production of Pedro Paramo with Teatro Buendia of Cuba. He also recently directed Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure at Chicago Shakespeare Theater set in pre-revolutionary Cuba.  
  • As an actor his credits include Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, The Kennedy Center, and on Film/TV including The Fugitive, Above the Law, The Beast, Boss, Chicago Code, The Pages and Chicago Fire.
  • Born in Havana, Cuba, Godinez serves on the Board of Trustees of Goodman Theatre, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.