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Sharon Bridgforth
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BIO (Long & Short)

BIO
Sharon Bridgforth, a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2009, is recipient of The Theater Offensive 2012 Out On the Edge Award. Pillsbury House Theatre received a 2012 MAP Fund award in support of her piece, River See. River See is a 2012 National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Links Hall (Chicago), Living Arts of Tulsa (Tulsa), Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (Miami), Pillsbury House Theatre (MLPS), The Theater Offensive (Boston) and NPN. Additionally, River See successfully completed a $20,000 USA Projects crowd sourcing campaign.

Bridgforth is the Spring 2014 Playwright in Residence in the University of Iowa’s Playwrights Program. The 2010 – 2012 Visiting Multicultural faculty member at The Theatre School at DePaul University, Bridgforth received DePaul’s 2012 Stonewall Award for Outstanding Faculty Leader. Bridgforth is founder and curator of the Theatrical Jazz Institute, produced by Bridgforth, The Theatre School at DePaul and Links Hall, Chicago, 2011-2012. A nominee for the Joyce Award, United States Artists Fellowship and the Alpert Award the Arts in Theatre, Bridgforth is the recipient of the 2008 Alpert/Hedgebrook Residency Prize. Her work has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts Commissioning Program and The National Endowment For the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Playwright in Residence Program. Bridgforth’s work has been presented nationally at venues including: New York Summer Stage Festival, Walker Arts Center, LaPena Cultural Center, The Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, and Penumbra Theatre Company.

Bridgforth is RedBone Press author of love conjure/blues and the Lambda Literary Award winning, the bull-jean stories. Bridgforth is co-editor of Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project, with Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones and Dr. Lisa L. Moore. University of Texas Press. Bridgforth served as the 2009 Mellon Artist In-Residence in The Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. The work she developed there titled, delta dandi, is published in an anthology titled, solo/black/woman, Eds. E. Patrick Johnson and Ramon Rivera-Servera, Northwestern University Press.

Bridgforth served as keynote Speaker for the 2012 Feminist Action Project Conference University of Texas at Austin, and the 2012 LGBTQ ATHE Pre-Conference Gathering, Bridgforth was a Panelist at the 2012 Modern Language Association Conference and the 2012 American Studies Association Annual Meeting in Puerto Rico. Bridgforth’s work is taught at universities around the country. She is one of the subjects in Dr. Matt Richardson’s The Queer Limit of Black Memory: Black Lesbian Literature and Irresolution, The Ohio State University Press, and in Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones’s forthcoming, Jazz Ase And The Power Of The Present Moment, The Ohio State Press.

BIO (Short)
Sharon Bridgforth, is a resident playwright at New Dramatists. Bridgforth is the Spring 2014 Playwright in Residence in the University of Iowa’s Playwrights Program. The piece that she is currently touring, River See, has received a 2012 MAP Fund Award and a 2012 National Performance Network Creation Fund Award. A touring artist since 1993, Bridgforth’s, blood pudding, was produced in the 2010 New York SummerStage Festival. The 2010 – 2012 Visiting Multicultural Faculty member at The Theatre School at DePaul University, Bridgforth is the RedBone Press author of love conjure/blues and the Lambda Literary Award-winning the bull-jean stories.. Bridgforth is co-editor of Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project, University of Texas Press. Bridgforth’s performance script, delta dandi is published in solo/black/woman, Northwestern University Press, Eds. E. Patrick Johnson and Ramon Rivera-Servera. Bridgforth’s work is taught at universities around the country. She is one of the subjects in Dr. Matt Richardson’s The Queer Limit of Black Memory: Black Lesbian Literature and Irresolution, The Ohio State University Press, and in Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones’s forthcoming, Jazz Ase And The Power Of The Present Moment, The Ohio State Press.

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Some of the professors who have taught Bridgforth’s work include:
Tlaloc Rivas, University of Iowa; Gabrielle Civil, College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN.; Stephanie Batiste, University of California, Santa Barbara; Alison Reed, University of California, Santa Barbara; Elmo Terry-Morgan, Brown University; Patricia R. Schroeder, Ursinus College; Shirley Moody-Turner, Pennsylvania State University; Jeannette M. E. Lee, Hampshire College; Gregory Ramos, University of Vermont; Lisa Anderson, Arizona State, Phoenix; Lisa Arnold, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Daniel Banks, NYU, Tisch School For The Arts-Drama; K. Bradford, Columbia College, Chicago Il.; Jill Dolan, Princeton University; Kirsten Gardner, University of Texas, San Antonio; Carol Guess, Western Washington University; Amy Karp, University of Maryland; Laura Harris, Pitzer College; Lisa Hernandez, St. Edward’s University; Joyce Ann Joyce, Temple University; E. Patrick Johnson, Northwestern University, Chicago IL.; Cherrie Moraga, Stanford University; Sandra L. Richards, Northwestern University; Francesca Royster, DePaul University; Meg Sullivan, Texas A&M; Natasha Tinsley, University of Minnesota; Stacy Wolf, Princeton University; Vershawn Ashanti Young, University of Kentucky; Daniel Alexander Jones, Fordham University; Lisa L. Moore, Meta Jones, Deborah A Paredez, Kristen Hogan, Jafari Sinclaire Allen, Matt Richardson, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones and Timothy Turner; University of Texas at Austin; Robin Bernstein, Harvard University; Nia Witherspoon, Florida State, Tallahassee.

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